In the Gospels, when Jesus calls the first disciples, we discover that a disciple is a person who:
is being transformed by Christ
engages in the mission of Christ
We recognize that all people are on a journey of becoming a fully-formed disciple of Jesus Christ. Whether you have just begun this journey or have been a Christian nearly your whole life, we want to meet you right where you are. Disciples are hand-crafted, not mass produced, and there is no one-size fits all strategy for discipleship.
Equipping Hour consist of two options:
- Courses: Equipping People In Community (EPIC)
Our EPIC courses are broken out into three tracks with specific topics of study that will be offered for 6-weeks at a time. You can choose a different offering, depending on what best fits where you believe you need to grow as a disciple.
- Classes: Sunday School
Ongoing classes offer a more traditional approach to Sunday morning classes that are formed around a specific age and stage of life. They meet on an ongoing basis.
This track will focus on courses that help us narrow in on what we believe and why, and will strive to engage your head to become a disciple who can make disciples.
This track will focus on courses that include spiritual practices and practical Biblical tools for topics such as parenting, marriage, and money aimed to help transform our lives to grow more fully in Christ.
This track will offer courses that include both practical theology and best practices for service and mission. These courses will seek to put our hearts into action, and remind us of our call to “go and make disciples of all nations”.
NOTE: In order to have a fruitful and successful learning experience, we encourage you to attend our classes faithfully and review your materials prior to coming to class every Sunday.
Fall EPIC courses offered by Track beginning October 31st through December 5th:
- BIBLICAL/THEOLOGICAL TRACK COURSE: HARD QUESTIONS – HARD CONVERSATIONS (PART B)
Primary Resource: Confronting Christianity – focused on chapters 7-12
Facilitator: Chris French
Description: Do you feel ill equipped to have conversations about difficult topics from a Biblical perspective? Do you tend to shy away from the topics that we are told not to talk about at parties – religion and politics? If so then this the perfect course for you! Some people today suggest that Christianity is declining, research indicates that it continues to be the world’s most popular worldview. But even so, the Christian faith includes many controversial beliefs that non-Christians find hard to accept. Part B of this course will explore 6 issues that might cause someone to dismiss Christianity—issues such as the existence of suffering, the Bible’s teaching on gender and sexuality, the authority of the Bible, and more. In this course we will have conversations about the best research from sociology, science, and psychology that doesn’t disagree with but actually aligns with claims found in the Bible. This course will help us understand why these issues are signposts, rather than roadblocks, to faith in Christ and how to discuss them with people that disagree with us.
- TRANSFORMATIONAL TRACK COURSE: PONDER – ADVENT
Primary Resource: Ponder materials and resources
Facilitator: Amy French
Description: Ponder Advent will expand your awareness of the reality of the truths we find in the Word of God. We will learn how to give words a little time and space…and enjoy the experience of ongoing conversation with God and others. Pondering words is about you abiding in scripture. The richness of getting the words off the pages and into a conversation with others and into conversation with God is something that helps take words from knowledge to experience. The Greek word for ponder is also translated “discussed”. The goal is awareness. Engagement. Communion with His presence and the ability to Abide.
Primarily parents of young children seeking to impart practical, relevant, and Biblical wisdom as they support each other on the journey of parenting and strive to build a strong foundation in their homes. Meets in Learning Center 207A & B.
Primarily Empty Nesters in their 50’s – 60’s. This is a small group of men and women studying different passages each week with fellowship and bible study. Meets in McKechnie Room.
Primarily middle-age group that connects in a larger class setting for a Biblical based presentation with discussion and caring. Meets in Molly Ann Smith.
This intergenerational class shares God’s Word in a smaller group setting around the table. Meets in Massey Tucker 3rd Floor Large Conference Room.
Primarily people over the age of 65+. They are a larger class with Biblically based presentation that cover topics and studies on different books of the Bible. Meets in Massey Tucker Hall C.
Need more info?
If you are interested in participating in one of these classes, please contact Sandra Babcock.