Christian Education Ministries

Bible Study | Inquirer’s Group | Education for Ministry

Bible Study

Bible Study meets on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:30 PM in the Parish Hall Conference Room. Led by Mother Susan, we engage in the fellowship of learning, prayer, reflection and worship. In the past we have studied the book of Ruth in the Old Testament and Paul’s letter to the Philippians in the New Testament. During Lent we did a comparative study of the book of Jonah and the parable of the Prodigal Son as would-be runners from grace. We have begun the study of the book Acts as the one of the earliest formation documents of the Church.

At each meeting, the group spends a few minutes learning ABOUT the Bible, learning important information that is helpful in learning to read and understand scripture. Most of our time however is spent learning FROM the Bible, as the Holy Spirit speaks through the Word of God. All are welcome to join us.

Inquirer’s Group

The Inquirer’s Class meets on the first Sunday of the month in the Conference Room following the 10 a.m. service.  We cover a wide-range of topics of interest for adults who wish to continue to grow in their relationships with God and each other.  Recently we have used excerpts from two series: (1) “Saving Jesus Redux” and (2) “Living the Questions”.  These series offer us the expertise of contemporary theologians and biblical scholars.  In our conversations all are free to share openly about their beliefs and/or struggles with questions surrounding our faith. During the summer of 2016 we will continue using “Living the Questions” and will discuss “Prayer: Intimacy With God” on July 3 and “Embracing Mystery” on August 7.

Education For Ministry (EFM)

EFM is a program for lay people who want to know more about the Christian faith and the basis for Christian belief. It provides a framework for lay people to discover and carry out their own ministry in the world. Over a four year period participants study the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, Church history through the Reformation and modern Church history and theology. Reading materials are provided the School of Theology, University of the South, Sewanee TN.

All graduates rave about the experience, feeling prepared to lead more meaningful lives as Christians. Good Shepherd’s most EFMrecent class completed its fourth and final year in 2014 with seven graduates, some pictured here. At the present time there is not an active class.  It is our hope to formulate a class in the near future. Members of surrounding parishes are welcome to attend.

 

 

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