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The purpose of the Education and Discipleship ministry is first to provide educational opportunities for every age and stage of life so we may gain a more clear understanding of the Christian faith. These classes are presented so that we may develop growing, maturing, and responsible participating members of Christ’s Presbyterian Church. Secondly, with the knowledge and faith gained through our studies, we will be able to serve the Lord in the church, the community, and the world, as well as joyfully and confidently communicate that faith to others encountered in their daily walk. There is no better way to fulfill the first part of the goal statement than to participate in the many adult education opportunities that are presented through CPC’s Center for Christian Studies classes.
 
The Center for Christian Study provides quality Sunday morning educational offerings for our adults at both the 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM Sunday worship hours. A choice of classes is offered in each hour that is drawn from four (4) different study tracks: Bible, Spiritual Formation, Family, and Life and Character.
 
In addition to the Sunday morning class opportunities, Pastor Bob Simmons organizes in depth Bible based topic studies identified as “Institute of Spiritual Formation (ISF)” classes. Pastor Bob has extensive experience teaching in the seminary setting and presenting in depth understanding of spiritual disciplines, theology, ethics, and defense of the faith.
 
The Center also coordinates opportunities to find support for family issues directed at marriage, parenting, and relationships. This is indeed where our lives and character can be expanded to understand what it means to faithfully live out the Christian life at home, in the workplace, and beyond.  
 
Winter 2018 Classes
Beginning January, 2018
Class Description
The riveting video series “That the World May Know” returns to Christ Church with volume #4.
 

Pack your bags. We’re going on a journey. A quest to uncover Scripture and its meaning across history. Filmed on location in Israel and throughout the Middle East, the Faith Lessons DVD series is an adventure in biblical learning. In these 10 lessons, you will discover why Jesus turned the world upside down with his compelling call to follow him.

Teacher and historian Ray Vander Laan brings together history, culture, and geography to illuminate the Gospels. The DVD lessons supported by an interactive Discovery Guide will let you walk with Jesus through the days of his ministry on this earth. The insights you gain will transform your reading of the Gospels and inspire a deeper faith commitment.

This class will be taught by Michael Wright at the 9:00 am hour and by Tom & Fe Rodriguez at the 10:30 am hour. 

 

 
 
 
For generations, Presbyterians have summed up our reason for existence in what we call the “Six Great Ends of the Church:”
 
 
 
  • The proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of humankind
  • The shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship of the children of God
  • The maintenance of divine worship
  • The preservation of the truth
  • The promotion of social righteousness
  • The exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world

We know these are the purposes of the church – but do we really know them? What does Scripture have to teach us about these ends? How does Jesus model them for us? What can we learn about them in our own ministries? And what can we do better to model them in our own lives?

This 6-week class is being taught by Rev. Fred Davis and will be offered at 10:30 am

 

 
 
Hymnology: Why We Sing: a History of the Church in Song
 
 
 

Topics to be included:

  • The hymnal as a resource
  • The hymn as literature
  • The hymn as music
  • The hymn as theology
  • The history of congregational singing
  • The hymn and social movements
  • Writing your own hymn

This 8-12 session class will be taught by Dr. David Wilson, our director of music at the 10:30 am hour.