Adult Spiritual Growth

The mission of the Adult Spiritual Growth Ministry is to equip others to live for the glory of God and develop a personal relationship with Him by offering learning opportunities, imparting Godly core values, providing personal connection within a faith community, and equipping disciples to change the world.  

The philosophy of this ministry is three-fold. 

Growth. Provide opportunities to explore your faith and cultivate a personal relationship with God through various venues including small group studies, retreats, book studies, workshops, seminars, and prayer groups.

Integration.  Be transformed by the way of life taught by Jesus Christ . Discover your God-given talents and abilities in order to express them through ministry and service to others.

Community. Build affirming and encouraging relationships between individuals and within small groups by creating supportive environment for those in life-challenging situations and sharing with others what we have learned as a follower of God. 

If you are interested in participating in classes this Fall, check out our THREE new classes as well as our regular line-up below!  If you have any questions, please contact the facilitators, they would be more than happy to talk to you about their group! Check all the studies out at our RALLY DAY table! 

If you would like to be a part of the ministry that fosters adult spiritual growth, please contact me.

Blessings,

Susan Samuel


SUNDAY MORNING CLASS 
10:30-11:30AM, ANNEX, BEGINING SEPTEMBER 15TH
FACILITATED BY MIKE SAMES, email: michaelsames6@gmail.com 

 The Liberating Path of the Hebrew Prophets, by Nahum Ward-Lev.

“In the face of current societal challenges, Nahum Ward-Lev mines Biblical wisdom to illumine a way forward. His book explores the rich territory of social change towards equity and widespread opportunity, as articulated by the Hebrew prophets and lived by Biblical persons. In engaging prose, Ward-Lev offers a fresh reading of familiar Biblical narratives, revealing the liberation themes in these stories. The book then examines the development of these Biblical liberation themes in contemporary prophetic writers including Paulo Freire, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Martin Luther King, and bell hooks. This exploration of Biblical themes clarifies practices for the liberation journey, including prioritizing reciprocal relationships, engaging in dialogue, exercising social and artistic imagination, and nurturing a love ethic in public life. This book empowers readers of all faiths and backgrounds to view current challenges through a prophetic lens and take prophetic action”.

“In a time of social turbulence, Rabbi Nahum Ward-Lev offers the light of Biblical wisdom to illuminate a way forward.  With fresh language and insights, he explores the liberating path of the Hebrew Prophets.  He then examines the development of Biblical liberation themes in contemporary writers (Martin Luther King, and others).  His work invites readers of all faiths to view current challenges through a prophetic lens and to take prophetic action”.


MONDAY DISCIPLESHIP GROUP
4:30-6PM, ANNEX, BEGINING SEPTEMBER 9TH
FACILITATED BY SUSAN SAMUEL

The Twelve Disciples, a Life Guide Study  by Douglas Connelly                                 

We will study the twelve disciples and see how the Master can take the most fear-filled and faithless among us and empower us to be confident witnesses of his grace and forgiveness. In each of the first nine chapters, we will study one of Jesus' disciples. The tenth chapter is devoted to three of the lesser known disciples. Each chapter contains a Scripture reading, personal and group discussion questions, a personal reflection, and concludes with a suggested activity or exercise to do either "now or later." 


***NEW CLASS:  FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY
6-7:30PM, BARN, RUNNING FROM SEPTEMBER 16TH TO NOVEMBER 11TH
FACILITATED BY
PAM BARNES, 630-651-8802

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Never worry about money again with Financial Peace University (FPU), the nine-lesson course that gives you the proven plan to master budgeting, pay off debt, build wealth, and give generously. Each lesson, taught via video by Dave Ramsey, Chris Hogan and Rachel Cruze, is based on biblical wisdom and common sense. In your FPU group, you’ll be motivated and encouraged by others just like you! Each week we will watch a video and follow-up with a small group discussion.  

This class is based on building blocks so participants will get the most out of it if they attend all 9 weeks. (To "graduate", you need to attend 8 of 9 sessions.)  Also, it is highly encouraged that both spouses attend.  Money is the #1 issue married couples fight about. This class helps both spouses to get on the same page about money.  The cost for the course is $99.  Financial assistance is available, please contact Pastor Gene 


***NEW GROUP:  TUESDAY MORNING BOOKS & COFFEE
TUESDAYS 9-10AM, UPPER ROOM, FROM SEPTEMBER 17 TO NOVEMBER 5TH
FACILITATED BY ERIN OTT & JULIE CUTLER
CHILDCARE PROVIDED in the BARN

Love Wins by Rob Bell, “will make Christians re-examine their faith and will help them reclaim a vital and exciting vision of heaven and God’s love.” (Relevant)

 "There are a growing number of us who have become acutely aware that Jesus's story has been hijacked by a number of other stories, stories Jesus isn't interested in telling, because they have nothing to do with what he came to do. The plot has been lost, and it's time to reclaim it.” (Rob Bell)

Discussion itself is divine. Join us for an open, honest conversation about the things that matter most. Our Christian faith draws up deep into the heart of questions such as…  Is God real? What does it mean to be saved? How can I make sense of the Bible? This study is for you if you would like to explore questions such as these as a way to bring about a more helpful and transformative understanding of God, Jesus and love.  We will intersperse our discussion about the book with videos from other contemporary Christian authors (Animate Faith DVD series).  


 TUESDAY MORNING CLASS
10:30-12:00, ANNEX, BEGININNG SEPTEMBER 17TH TO MID NOVEMBER
FACILITATED BY
DENNIS WINKLEBLACK

The Tuesday morning class will study another of Richard Rohr’s books, “Immortal Diamond,” Rohr, a Franciscan priest, has been likened by Rob Bell to “a village elder giving words to that which we’ve always known to be true.” In “Immortal Diamond,” Rohr writes about the discovery of our “True Self,” which he likens to a diamond, “buried deep within us, formed under the intense pressure of our lives, that must be searched for, uncovered, and separated from all the debris of ego that surrounds it.”

If you haven’t been part of a Rohr study, you’ll find him generously nonjudgmental—and wise, like a village elder. We’ll aim to conclude before Thanksgiving (but no promises!).

Books may be purchased from Amazon or through Barnes and Noble ($15; $11 Kindle).


***NEW GROUP: CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN BOOK STUDY

WEDNESDAYS 6-7:00 PM, BARN, FROM SEPTEMBER 18 TO NOVEMBER 6TH
FACILITATED BY DEACON DEB CLIFFORD, text: 860-944-5479.

Love Wins by Rob Bell, “will make Christians re-examine their faith and will help them reclaim a vital and exciting vision of heaven and God’s love.” (Relevant)

 "There are a growing number of us who have become acutely aware that Jesus's story has been hijacked by a number of other stories, stories Jesus isn't interested in telling, because they have nothing to do with what he came to do. The plot has been lost, and it's time to reclaim it.” (Rob Bell)

Discussion itself is divine. Join us for an open, honest conversation about the things that matter most. Our Christian faith draws up deep into the heart of questions such as… Is God real? What does it mean to be saved? How can I make sense of the Bible? This study is for you if you would like to explore questions such as these as a way to bring about a more helpful and transformative understanding of God, Jesus and love.  We will intersperse our discussion about the book with videos from other contemporary Christian authors (Animate Faith DVD series).  


WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY
THURSDAYS, 9:15-11AM, ANNEX, BEGININNG SEPTEMBER 5TH
FACILITATED BY DONNA MOTYL AND ROLENE JOHNSON

We will be finishing the Gospel of Mark in September, then moving on to the Gospel of John.  Anyone is welcome to come Thursday mornings whether they are members of this church, or just want to know more about the Good News but have no "home" church. We have people who are unable to come every week, but they come when they can.   Another important part of this group is the sharing of prayer concerns.


 

Additional Resources - Adult Spiritual Growth

Daily Devotionals

Contemporary:
The Upper Room
Our Daily Bread
Grace for the Moment – Max Lucado (Print)
Jesus Calling – Sarah Young (Print)

Classics:
My Utmost for His Highest (Oswald Chambers)
Morning and Evening (Charles Spurgeon)

Daily Scripture Reading
http://www.esvbible.org/devotions/daily-light/

Daily Recovery Meditations
http://www.hazelden.org/web/public/thought.view

Bible Study Resources
http://bible.org/ (NetBible)

Revised Common Lexionary
http://www.crivoice.org/daily.html

Sight Psalms. “A picture is worth a thousand words” A daily emailing that expresses the divine through images.
https://www.upperroom.org/sight_psalms