These growth groups are short-term, content-driven courses designed to help you grow in a particular area of interest or need. Our vision for Foundation Seminars is to help adults acquire a comprehensive Christian education resulting in spiritual growth and service to God and others.
Build a Strong Foundation for Your Faith!
These seminars help us comprehend the subtle intricacies and overarching truths of our God and the theology, ministry and history He has authored. Foundation Seminars are styled as lectures and discussion, with occasional reading assignments outside of class. Check out our various ongoing and upcoming courses below.
Growing in the Christian Faith
Foundations of the Faith | 11:00 am, starting March 14
Leader: Ron Scarborough
Foundations of The Faith is a six-week topical study for new Christians who want to understand the core beliefs of the Christian faith and learn how Christians strengthen their faith. This class will also help those who are curious about Christianity and want to know what Christians believe.
You’ll examine topics such as:
- What is eternal life?
- Can I know for certain that God has saved me?
- Is the Bible really true, and must I obey it?
- How can I grow in my faith and become more like Jesus?
This course may be extended to 12 weeks based on interest.
Marriage & Family
Enhancing Your Marriage & Family Life
Called 2 Love | Sundays, 5:00 pm
Leader: Eddie and Betsy Watkins & Steve & Casey Quinton
Called 2 Love is a 40-day journey into marriage intimacy, showing you how to love like you’ve been loved. You can experience deepened closeness, freedom to share all of yourself, healing for disappointments and hurts, skills to pass on a legacy of love, and clarity on how God can involve you and your marriage in kingdom plans. Although this is a 6 week class, it is an opportunity to gain insights that will last a lifetime. One of the Called 2 Love authors writes, “This is unlike any marriage book you have ever read. Mainly because it does more than give you words to read. This book offers specific biblical truths for you to experience which will change the way you think and act toward your spouse Included in each chapter — following a series of daily devotionals — are experientials for you to engage in. These experientials will guide you to explore your own personal story, your marriage story, and Jesus’ story — the One who has the power to bring change to your life.”
Called 2 Love is offered in person or via Zoom and is a 6 week class (February 21 – March 28, 5:00 – 6:15 p.m.). The in-person class will meet in FC201. The cost for the book is $15.00, and each participant will need their own. You will be contacted when these books can be picked up from the church office. Registration is now closed.
Discovering God’s Sovereignty Through the Ages
The Reformation Dawns & Spreads | Sundays, 9:00 am
Location: Online Class
Leaders: Wayne Knowles and Rich Main
Despite the spiritual darkness of the Middle Ages and the doctrinal errors of the Roman Catholic church, the Reformation dawned and spread through the courageous efforts of faithful reformers such as Wycliffe, Hus, Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, and Knox. Learn about the “5 Solas” of the Reformation and hear the stories of these great heroes of the faith as we take a historical tour of the Reformation through Europe, Great Britain, and ultimately to the shores of America.
Shepherds Route 66 | Mon-Fri, 6:00-7:45 am
Cost: $300 per semester
Shepherds Seminary in conjunction with The Shepherd’s Church offers Route 66, a verse-by-verse study of the Bible in one academic year. This in-depth overview of all 66 books will be available to all Shepherds Seminary students, The Shepherd’s Church family, surrounding churches, and students at area colleges, and universities.
Route 66 meets September through April, following the school calendar. No classes will be held over Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Spring Breaks. Route 66 will be offered online for those who are unable to attend classes on campus. Cost for this 240-hour program of instruction will be $300 per semester.