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

March, April, May, 2019

Below are the courses that will be offered, beginning March 10.

Good Question Bible Studies

Matt Cooper and Bob Frick

Room 410

[Know God.]

This Bible Study is discussion-based with the tag line, "Good questions have groups talking."  Application is woven through each lesson, which consists of about 20 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, Warren Wiersbe, and the Life Application Commentary.  Great illustrations and stories make the lessons come alive.  The focus is "Our Love for God."  Topics include: Love and Serve God, Love and Worship God, Love God for the Gift of Jesus, Love God and Serve Others, Walk in Love, Submit to God, Rejoice in Circumstances, Imitate Christ, Press on in Christ, Loving God, and Mighty God.  All topics are scripturally-based.  Expect lively discussion!

Inductive Bible Study - Behold, Jesus is Coming:  Revelation

Barb Forney and Paul Allen

Room 307

[Know God].]

Inductive Study continues.  This method of study 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!

Twelve Extraordinary Women by John MacArthur

Kim Nielsen

Room 408

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

This class is specifically for young adults/young married couples, although others are welcome to join.  The subtitle of the book is: How God Shaped Women of the Bible, and What He Wants to Do with You.  The twelve women studied are: Eve (Genesis 3:20), Sarah (genesis 11-25), Rahab (Matthew 1:5-6), Ruth (Ruth 1-4), Hannah (1 Samuel 1-2), Mary, the mother of Jesus (Luke 1-2), Anna (Luke 2:36-38), The Samaritan woman (John 4), Martha and Mary (Luke 10:38-42), Mary Magdalene (Matthew 27:56-61), and Lydia (Acts 16:14).  They were ordinary, common, and in some cases shockingly low-cast, yet each was made extraordinary by her life-changing encounter with God.  These were women of courage, vision, hospitality, and spiritual giftedness.  Yet it wasn't their natural qualities that made these women extraordinary but the power of the one true God whom they worshipped and served.

In Twelve Extraordinary Women, you'll learn more than fascinating information about these women; you will discover God's redemptive work in history through their lives.  These women were not just supporters to His plan, they were at the very heart of it.  Learn their amazing stories.  The struggles and temptations of these women are the same trials faced by all believers at all ages.

Spiritual Discipleship:  Principles of Following Christ for Every Believer by J. Oswald Sanders

Teachers: Dennis Emmert and Jim Hallman

Room 305

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

As J. Oswald Sanders points out, true discipleship is more than intellectual assent to a belief in Christ; it involves the whole person and lifestyle.

True disciples pursue their Master.  They know that God is watching over their faith, but they also take Scripture's command seriously: "work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you."  They take pains, by His power, to look more and more like Jesus.

This book centers around the Beatitudes and will help you to be a disciple.  It examines Jesus' teaching on what it means to follow Him, helping you become the kind of Christian Jesus wants you to be--not one devised by man or even other Christians.

Letters to the Church by Francis Chan

Sherry Eshleman and Bill DeMora

Room 303

[Know God.  Love Others.  Serve the World]

If God had it His way, what would our churches look like?  God's Church started as a radical, spiritually intimate gathering of believers that ultimately changed history.  Yet millions today are content to be mere observers at church.  The class is based upon Francis Chan's newest and most powerful book and consists of DVDs, Bible study, and discussions.  Since this study began prior to our church focus upon everyday discipleship, we will begin with review of the first three chapters.  In Letters to the Church we wrestle with the fact that many churches have drifted from God's desire for them.

Speaking out of deep love for the Church, Chan guides Christ followers to live out God's magnificent and beautiful vision for His Church--a vision we may have lost but God has never forgotten.  Prepare to be challenged to think about and pray for God's vision for the local church in our time.  What an appropriate study during this transition!

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

Wednesday Adult Classes 

6:30 - 7:45 PM

January, February, March 2019

Knitters, Crocheters, Crafters

Welcome Center

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

The Wired Word

Facilitator: Pastor John Hostetter

Room 303

How do Biblical principles apply to what is happening in our world today?  The Wired Word links the latest headlines to appropriate scriptures.  Each lesson consists of a current event, a framework for discussion, related scriptures with commentary (the substance of the lesson), and discussion questions.  The lessons are based on a positive Christian theme.  Meaningful, thoughtful discussions encourage participants to truly think about their beliefs and the impact of those beliefs on day-to-day life.

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 may be off-site outreach projects, fun activities, and opportunities to hold one another accountable, as well as meeting together outside of 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, and having fun together.

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. Life can be hectic, even during Wednesday Night Happenings!

The Prayer Room provides:

1) A peaceful place for silence. “Be still and know that I am God.” [Psalm 46:10]

2) A set-apart place to read scripture slowly and reflectively, asking God to speak through the sacred text.

3) A place to pray without distractions.

4) A place to simply “be” with God.

Bible Study

Teacher: Sherry Eshleman with Bonnie Frick assisting

Room 410

Join us for a unique way in which to experience the Bible. Faith Lessons from the DVD series That the World May Know with Ray Vander Laan take us to the actual places where the stories of the Bible occurred. The videos weave together historical, cultural, and geographical contexts to reveal keen insights into how people in biblical times understood God and Jesus’ teaching. We also discuss the significance of the scriptures for believers today.  Our first study is Israel's Mission.  By learning about the assignment to bring back "lost sheep" that God gave to His people thousands of years ago, we glimpse the urgency and reward welcoming the strangers and prodigals the Lord longs to embrace.  The Mission of Jesus guides us on Jesus' path through Israel, while exploring the role of ancient Rome, and shows how God brought triumph in a world of chaos.

*portions copied from promotional materials

Walk in Church

Room 309 or Family Life Center, depending upon size of group and availability of FLC.

Walk at Home videos by Leslie Sansone provide the motivation to exercise simply by stretching and walking.  Beyond the physical benefits, exercise helps us relieves stress and can be a time when we direct our thoughts toward God.  Since this is a group activity, participants have the opportunity to interact with one another while walking, building relationships.  The videos offer a 1-mile walk (15 minutes), a 2-mile walk (30 minutes), and a 3-mile walk (45 minutes) and are appropriate for all ages and fitness levels.  This group activity begins at 7:00 PM.