Discipleship Ministry

Our Christian education classes on Sundays and Wednesdays are designed to help you take your next step in your spiritual journey of Knowing God, Loving Others and Serving the World. Whether you're just starting your journey or have been traveling this path for a long time, we offer classes which will inform and inspire you in your relationship with God.

These classes provide opportunities to learn and to connect with others through study, prayer, and discussion. Following are the classes that will are currently offered. All classes are open. The Discipleship Ministry Team appreciates your suggestions for future classes. 

Sunday Adult Classes

10:00 - 11:00 AM

September, October, November 2019


Below are the courses that will be offered, beginning September 1.


Good Questions Bible Studies

Matt Cooper and Bob Frick

Room 410

[Know God.]

The focus of this Bible Study is the Book of Acts.  Acts focuses upon the beginnings of the church and upon how the Apostles Peter and Paul proclaimed the Gospel: to Jerusalem and all Judea, to Samaria, to the Gentiles, and onto the ends of the earth.  Good questions facilitate meaningful discussions.  Application is woven throughout each lesson, which consists of questions guaranteed to motivate the class to think and to talk.  Each question is footnoted with answers taken from some of the best commentaries ever written, including John MacArthur and Warren Wiersbe, and insightful writers, such as Billy Graham, Beth Moore, and John Piper.  Great illustrations and stories make the lessons come alive.  Expect lively discussion throughout this meaningful Bible Study.


Inductive Bible Study - Behold, Jesus Is Coming: Revelation

Barb Forney & Paul Allen

Room 307

[Know God.]

Inductive Study in the Book of Revelation continues.  This method utilizes the Bible as its primary source and allows the Word to speak for itself.  The approach is simple: observing, interpreting, applying the Word of God, and allowing His truths to take shape in your life.  The resource that guides this study of Revelation is Behold, Jesus Is Coming by Kay and David Arthur.  "No book of the Bible has sparked more interest, curiosity, or disagreement than the book of Revelation.  This study will...remove your fear of the unknown, give you hope for tomorrow, and give you new confidence in God's sovereignty and justice.  Yes...you can understand the book of Revelation!"  Group discussion, based upon observations and insights, is encouraged.  Be prepared for surprising discoveries from this unique method of Bible study!


Street Smarts From Proverbs:  How to Navigate through Conflict to Community by Mitch Kruse with D.J. Williams

Andy Gehring

Room 408

[Know God.  Love Others.  Serve the World.]

This book is dedicated to reading the book of Proverbs and discerning what wisdom God provides for conflict management.  The author, Mitch Kruse, focuses on Solomon's words specifically: righteousness, equity, justice, wise behavior, understanding, wise communication, prudence, discretion, wise counsel, discipline, knowledge and learning.  These words will provide the learner an easy-to-understand step-by-step process to assimilate each respective trait of wisdom for different types of relationships.  Street Smarts From Proverbs will give memorable prompts to help the reader recall the points in the book, as well as tools to help them navigate today's conflicts.


Not Forsaken by Louie Giglio

Dennis Emmert and Jim Hallman

Room 305

[Know God.]

In Not Forsaken, Pastor Louie Giglio invites us to understand the character of God in a life-changing way: as a perfect Father.  If we have a flawed view of God, we'll have a flawed view of life.  What would it mean to us if God's desire was to be nearer to us - not a coach or a King, a genie or a distant memory, but a Father - a perfect Father who never wants us to live a day without His blessing?  In this study, we are pointed to a God, not absent or ambivalent, but available and affectionate, ready to shower us with His approval and love.  This has radical significance for the very foundation of our Christian faith.  God has spanned heaven and earth to reach us.  When we take hold of this truth, we are not defined by our pasts but by the love of a perfect Father.  God wants us to experience His unique, unconditional love and to live in the freedom, abundance, and blessing He freely gives.  Our hearts are transformed by Him and we are free to rest in the identity, value, and plan God has given us.  You are not forsaken.  You are loved.  You are valued.


The Path Between Us by An Enneagram Journey to Healthy Relationships by Suzanne Stabile

Room 303

[Know God.  Love Others.  Serve the World.]

The author, Suzanne Stabile, discusses the nine Enneagram types and how they behave and experience relationships to guide readers into deeper insights about themselves, their types, and others' personalities so that they can have healthier, more life-giving relationships.  This study will take up on six weeks of the quarter.  The next book the class will study is Understand Yourself, Understand Your Partner: the Essential Enneagrom Guide to a Better Relationship as a continuation.


 *Portions of the above descriptions are copied or paraphrased from published product descriptions and promotional materials.

Wednesday Adult Classes 

6:30 - 7:45 PM

October 2, 2019 - November 20, 2019

 Grief Share

Facilitator: Kim Nielsen and Marie Roach, Room 303

Grief Share is a special seminar and support group for people grieving the loss of someone close. This group will meet during WNH and through November 27. Be with people who understand what you are experiencing and want to offer you comfort and encouragement. Each session consists of a video with insights, personal stories, and dramatic reenactments about the grief process, discussion, and sharing experiences, all of which help you organize and clarify your thoughts on what is happening to you and allow others to understand how they can help you along your grief journey. (Portions copied and/or paraphrased from Grief Share promotional materials.)

 

Parenting with Love and Logic

Facilitators: COBYS presenter, Room 305

This class is offered to educate, support, and empower the parents of our church, pre-school, and community, as well as anyone who works with children. The Love and Logic approach, which has been in existence for more than 40 years, leads to fewer power struggles and to more happy moments as a family. You do not have to be perfect to raise responsible, empathetic kids! Participants who attended this class when it was offered in 2015 were overwhelmingly positive about the difference the strategies and insights made in their parenting. Approaches appreciated most were: less talking and staying calm, making enforceable statements, offering choices, and letting kids solve their own issues. The class is structured to include interaction, instruction, video, and discussion.

 

Men’s Group

Facilitators: Members of the group, Room 307

A core group of men is committed to creating a community of trust among men of all ages in our church. There are offsite outreach projects, fun activities, and opportunities to hold one another accountable, as well as meeting together on Wednesday evenings. WNH is a time of study and discussion of characters from the Old Testament with Bill DeMora, Jack Diffendarfer, Marc Maly, and Mike Myers taking turns facilitating. Each session will start after clean-up of the Family Life Center. This group is open to all men who value interaction with other men, working, growing, serving, and having fun together.

 

Knitters, Crocheters, Crafters

Welcome Center

You are invited to use the Welcome Center to work on projects and to interact with one another.

 

Prayer Room

Room 311

Looking for a quiet place to read, study, pray, or simply be still? We are fortunate to have a space in our church designed specifically for those purposes. The prayer room provides a peaceful place for silence, a set-apart place to read scripture slowly and reflectively, a place to pray without distractions, and a place to simply “be.”

 

Leading Men: Historic Lancaster, PA

Facilitator:  Bob Frick, Room 410

Leading Men: Historic Lancaster, PA, is a weekly PowerPoint series. Dr. Robert Frick, historian and presenter, will share the lives and times of 22 Historic Downtown Lancastrians. Grouped into six categories–Initiators, Pennsylvania’s Only U.S. President, Ministers, Proponents, Merchants, and Artists and Inventors–the brief biographies will demonstrate the critical roles these figures played in making Lancaster great. Participants should prepare for lively presentations filled with interesting facts and peppered with humor. Dr. Frick’s goal is education with a smile.