Journey of Discipleship: Leader
Place in the Journey: Beyond the Mountains & Valleys
You’re equipped for your journey, and looking for ways to guide and equip others along the way. You’ve embraced the Great Commandments and Great Commission, and find opportunities to express joy or peace, regardless of your circumstances.
SUNDAYS, JANUARY 15 - MAY 14 | 9:45-10:45AM
eacher: Dr. Case Thorp
Learn the story of the Bible along with the major themes and ideas that bind the story and history of humanity together. C-A-S-K-E-T E-M-P-T-Y is an acronym to help teach and remember the Biblical narrative. Using curriculum created by Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, participants study the full scope of the Old Testament's chronological, geographical, historical, cultural, and literary context.
A 10-week study called ReFrame which will parallel the Spring sermon series, Once Upon a Time. Meet for large group teaching and break into smaller groups for discussion. ReFrame is a film-based series designed to help Christians in connecting their faith in everyday life. Registration: email Scarlett Stewart, firstname.lastname@example.org by 1/15.
SUNDAYS, JANUARY 22 - FEBRUARY 5
9:45am - 10:45am
Facilitator: Rev. Brad Staton
This 3-week course hosted by The Collaborative is a study of Andy Crouch’s book, Strong & Weak. Students will explore Crouch’s work in preparation for his visit to First Pres on February 9.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 22 | 12:15pm-1:30pm
Guest Speakers: Sasan Tavassoli and Marilyn Borst
Join experts from the Outreach Foundation and hear about recent experiences with church leaders in Iraq, Lebanon and Syria. Gain unique insight into the situation in the MIddle East in regards to the impact on the church, as well as the ongoing refugee crisis.
Dig deeply into letters written by John, the disciple Jesus loved in this 8-week video study by Kelly Minter. Written to encourage followers of Jesus to remain faithful to the truth, we are challenged by these letters to look at contrasting themes: walking in light instead of darkness, truth versus deception, loving God more than we love the world, and the meaning of true community instead of shallowness.
THURSDAYS, FEBRUARY 2 - MARCH 23 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Teacher: Dr. Scott Swain, professor of Systematic Theology and & Academic Dean, Reformed Theological Seminary.
Systematic theology is the study of biblical doctrines in an ordered way. In this 8-week course, Dr. Scott Swain will introduce class participants to historic Reformed understandings of basic Christian beliefs by examining one doctrine a week: scripture, God, trinity, creation & providence, sin, Christ, salvation and the church.
This course takes place in a group setting and follows a nation-wide curriculum that has helped thousands of people deal with the pain of separation and divorce. Divorce Care provides focused sessions and a safe place to process for adults, led by people who personally understand what it is like to experience a divorce or separation.The program runs for 13 weeks, not meeting April 13.
Divorce Care for Kids (DC4K) is a safe, fun place where children learn skills that help them heal. DC4K groups blend games, music, stories, videos and discussion to help kids process divorce and move forward. Groups meet weekly and are designed for ages 5-12.
Did you recently join the church? Are you considering membership in our First Pres community? First Connections is the place to discover what First Pres offers and get connected to others. Led by Elders, Leigh Swanson and Lance Fair, this 6-week seminar on Sunday mornings is designed to help you learn about and experience life at First Pres. It's a great way to make friends, learn the basics of faith in a non-threatening atmosphere, and be exposed to the life-changing opportunities we offer.
Come share the love of Christ by serving our city! Serve Day is an opportunity for you, your family or your small group to make a difference in our community alongside others from the First Pres community. There are a variety of projects to choose and ways to serve.
In this 7-week course, we will explore Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. Special attention will be given to Paul’s emphasis on community and his expectation that Christians grow and mature in the faith. Through exploration of God’s Word, we will help participants discern where they are in the journey of discipleship and grow in their understanding of, and relationship with Jesus.