The Discipleship Team has been meeting all year with the goal of creating a Discipleship Pathway. The creation of a Discipleship Pathway is a marathon, not a sprint. Our goal is to make disciples. Not members. Not to increase programming or worship attendance. But to make disciples.
One part of our Discipleship Pathway includes our Midweek classes. Midweek begins with a preview week on Wednesday, Sep. 8; classes run from Sept. 15 to Nov. 17.
Dinner is served at 5 p.m. each Wednesday in Pirtle Hall. Cost is $5 per adult and $1 for kids 12 and under. The dip jar will be available to take electronic payments. Make a reservation for your family at the Welcome Center each week (903.592.7396).
Classes are from 6 to 7 p.m. Some are also offered in the morning or at noon as noted in the descriptions.
Wednesday, Sept. 8, is the preview night for our Discipleship Pathway. The Discipleship Pathway is a set of “next steps” to help you move forward in your spiritual growth. We want everyone who calls Marvin their church home—members and guests—to use tools we will provide to determine which discipleship stage they currently identify with, then consider one of the next steps to assist in deepening and growing faith.
One of these next steps may be to participate in a Midweek study, and explanations of this fall's classes will be presented.
The $5 meal begins at 5 p.m. in Pirtle Hall with the preview to follow. Contact Sheila Young to make your meal reservation. The dip jar will be available for payment.
This fall’s classes are in response to The REVEAL Survey.
Click the links in each class description to sign up.
The Absolute Basics of the Wesleyan Way of Salvation
10 weeks, Sept. 15 through Nov. 17
This class provides a fundamental understanding of the key elements of the Wesleyan movement as evidenced in the life and teachings of John Wesley. These key elements include scripture, prayer, communion, spiritual relationships and the power of salvation. The Absolute Basics will help you better understand John Wesley’s life, his core theological message and the legacy of Wesley’s leadership on the Methodist church.
Eight weeks, 6 p.m. on Sundays, Sept. 19 to Oct. 24, Nov. 7 and 21
Come watch this incredible depiction of the life of Jesus and grow in your walk with Him as you discuss each episode with fellow believers.
Emotionally Healthy Spirituality
Nine weeks, Sept. 15 to Nov. 10, morning and evening classes available
Are you stuck spiritually? Do you feel like you’ve hit a wall? Emotionally Healthy Spirituality underscores the reality that emotional health and spiritual maturity are inseparable. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality will help you better understand the things that stunt or stop spiritual growth in your life and expose you to rhythms of living that help you break through the wall and deepen your relationship with Christ in the context of community.
Epic of Eden
Ten weeks, Sept. 15 through Nov. 17
Genesis 1 and 2 essentially provide a blueprint to God’s original intent for humanity: God’s people dwelling in God’s place with full access to God’s presence. In The Epic of Eden, Dr. Sandra Richter clearly and powerfully communicates the history of God’s redeeming grace, weaving together a story that runs from Genesis to Revelation, from the Garden of Eden to the New Jerusalem.
Faith On Purpose (women’s study)
Seven weeks from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Sept. 14 to Oct. 26
We plan for many things (vacations, our children’s education, getting in shape, retirement), but do we have a plan for living our faith? We have good intentions, but let’s face it, life happens. As Christians, our faith should impact everything else. For seven weeks, we will explore what it means to live for God in the day-to-day challenges of life. This class is intended to be very practical and equip us to make proactive faith-based decisions. Bring your Bible and a journal or notebook.
Frank Budde Christian Leadership Initiative
noon on Tuesdays and evening classes available, Sept. 15 through Oct. 27
The purposes of this class are to develop members of Marvin for Christian leadership in the church and the community and to provide a small group experience where skills learned can be discussed and applied to current ministry efforts and new Christian friendships can be forged. Each meeting has a 30-minute lecture followed by facilitated “table talk” regarding application. Dr. Pat Day will facilitate this class.
Sept. 15 through Dec. 15
GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.
Morning and evening classes available, Sept. 15 through Nov. 17
Take time to go deeper in the previous Sunday’s sermon. Get additional Scripture texts and bonus illustrations. Ask questions and share reflections. It will be a fun and faith-growing adventure helping participants grow closer to Christ. Participants will also receive Scripture texts to read in preparation for the upcoming week’s sermon. Let’s grow together as we extend our encounter with God’s Word and extend our faith. Led by Dr. Doug Baker.
Surprise the World
Six weeks, Sept. 15 through Oct. 20
There are vital habits we give ourselves to with respect to the rhythms of the Christian life, habits like worship, Bible study and prayer. What if there was a new set of habits with a different kind of purpose—habits of living—that provoked curiosity in the lives of others? In Surprise the World, Mike Frost introduces a new set of habits that embody the gospel and propel us into the lives of others, equipping us to spread the love of Christ organically, graciously and surprisingly.
Five weeks beginning Sept. 15
Marvin UMC is partnering with Shine ministries to bring Warrior Women, a much needed single mom’s class, to our campus. No matter how a woman becomes a single mom, she faces unique and often daunting struggles. She needs a community who "gets it," resources to help her along the way and a chance to lean on others who can empower her to lead her family in strength, confidence and wholeness. Warrior Women hosts weekly small groups, "nests" of single moms. We will discuss a variety of topics that are relevant, get encouragement as well as inspiration, and even have the option to earn supplemental income from home by creating an art-based product. Angela Jennings and Hobby LaTray will facilitate the group.
All students (grades six-12) | 6-7 p.m. in Marvin's Fair Gym (begins Sept. 15)
High school students (grades nine-12) | 7-8 p.m. at the Fry's, 2210 Mulberry Grove (begins Sept. 8)