Ministry for Adults: Growing as Disciples
The primary purpose of adult ministry at FBC is to help adults to grow as disciples of Jesus. We are a wonderful mix of believers, seekers, and skeptics. Wherever you are on your spiritual journey there is a place for you. We believe that God is at work in all of us and that we are each evolving in our understanding and experience of the Creator. In response, we offer a wide variety of classes on Sunday mornings at 9:50 a.m. and small groups at various times throughout the week. New groups are continually forming, so watch this website or contact the office manager Donna Weed for the latest opportunities.
Fall, Winter, and Spring Sunday a.m. Classes
Berean Class taught by Dr. Bill Millar (professor of religious studies at Linfield College). This class has an academic bent and is for those who desire to explore traditional and non-traditional perspectives on the Bible and faith. The Bereans class will be focusing this fall on a discussion of God. To ease into the conversation we will be revisiting three of the video presentations at "The God at 2000" conference held at Oregon State University. The group will then concentrate on Jack Miles’ God: A Biography. Drawing on the literature of the Hebrew Bible, is it possible to build a biography of God as those in antiquity recorded their experience of the divine? Do the ancient metaphors for God still work for us who live in the 21st century? Please join us for the conversation.
Bridgebuilders Class taught by Frank Nelson (Frank taught philosophy at Linfield and is a life long student of the Bible). This class explores wide range of topics related to the Bible and living our faith. The class will determine their discussion topic at their first session. Last year the group discussed The Gospel of Matthew in the Daily Study Bible series by William Barclay.
Chapel Class has rotated offerings based on the church season or current emphasis in worship. Recent offerings have included a series on "Exploring Worship through the Senses," a series called Steps of Faith, an Advent study, Faith & the Environment, Faith Forums on topics such as the Inter-faith Letters of Thomas Merton, a Lenten study, and Bible 101: The Old Testament.
Faith and Java. A focus on practices and principles of achieving a first-hand experience of God in order to share that love and compassion with others. The group describes themselves as, "A great place for conversation, support, and fresh brewed coffee." Facilitated by Rob Schulman.
Rainbow Class. Designed to meet the interests of people with special needs. Facilitated by Laura Park.
Short term classes offered several times per year. Recent offerings include: Amazed by Grace, Sharing faith with our children, Media and influence on the family; conflict resolution in the family, global warming and faith, book club with Mountains Beyond Mountains, God's Politics by Jim Wallis, Kerygma Bible Studies (in depth studies).
Mid Week Groups are continually emerging on a wide range of topics. The focus of groups is to help people grow spiritually, experience community and be of service to others. See calendar for latest listings.