Adults

At Marion Methodist, we are always growing on our path towards Discipleship  Check out these exciting Adult Discipleship opportunities at Marion Methodist.

Description of “Disciple”

A “disciple” is a person who through faith in Jesus Christ believes the gospel and seeks to center their life on the teachings of Jesus. A disciple is obedient to the scriptures, has a vibrant prayer life, attends worship regularly, practices personal evangelism, loves their neighbor as themselves and lives a generous life. A disciple cares about the needs of all people in the world and seeks to be the hands and feet of Christ as part of God’s transforming plan for the world. A Disciple is a person growing in grace and in the knowledge of God. A disciple is quick to forgive; quick to repent, and practices gospel centered hospitality and humility.

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For more information email Jen Digmann at jdigmann@marionmethodist.org

Adult Discipleship Opportunities for the Discipleship Pathway

discipleship pathway

exploring

Exploring - People who have attended church at least one time to see what church is like

Newcomer Orientation  

An informal gathering for those interested in learning basic information about our church. Every 3rd Sunday, Library & Hospitality Room, 9:45 AM and 11:00 AM.

Spiritual Assessment

A tool used to help individuals identify their stage in the Discipleship Pathway. Available on marionmethodist.org, or at the Church Office or Church Welcome Center.

Guide/Coach

Connect with a person trained to help you identify ways to grow in your personal discipleship. Contact Jen Digmann at jdigmann@marionmethodist.org or 377-4856 to receive a coach.

 engaging

Discovering What the Future Holds, Thursday evenings 5:30-7:30 PM or Friday mornings 9:30-11:30 AM in Room 104 Starts April 6 & 7 *No Class on April 13 & 14*

Why wonder or worry about the future? God has given you a sneak preview.

With all that’s transpiring in the world, people can’t help but wonder what the future holds. Will there ever be peace on earth? How long will the world live under the threat of terrorism? Is a one-world ruler on the horizon? God has already provided answers to these questions in the book of Daniel, which sets forth His blueprints for the future. In fact, when you understand the prophecies Daniel reveals, every other prophecy in the Bible will fit somewhere in the plan. This class is open to all and a wonderful destination for those traveling through the Engaging, Deepening, or Centered portion of the Discipleship Pathway.

Cast of Characters: Common People in the Hands of an Uncommon God, Wednesday evenings at 6:30 PM in Room 103

Common people...Story after story marked by scandal, stumble, and intrigue. Who are these people? They're the people of the Bible. And they're us. We find our stories in theirs. We find our hope where they found theirs. In the hands of an uncommon God. In the midst of them all ... hovering over them all ... is the hero of it all: God. Maker. Shaper. Rescuer of sinking hearts. God. Passing out high callings, second chances, and moral compasses to all comers and takers. In this gathering of inspiring stories from his numbers best-selling books, master storyteller Max Lucado revisits some of his favorite biblical characters -- all of whom were very human and imperfect, just like us. If God can find a place for them ... He might just have a place for us too.

 All are welcome to attend and will be a wonderful destination for those on the Discipleship Pathway between Engaging  and Deepening. Join Judy Schnittjer in room 107.

Matthew: Being Discipled by Jesus, Sunday mornings at 9:45 AM in room 105

What would it be like to be discipled by Jesus himself? What would he teach you about relationships, priorities, wealth and his coming kingdom? What would you learn from his actions? Matthew's Gospel brings you face to face with Jesus as he calls, teaches and prepares his disciples. As you work through these Bible studies on Matthew, you can become one of those chosen followers.All are welcome to attend and will be a wonderful destination for those on the Discipleship Pathway between Engaging, Deepening, and Centered. Join Gregg and Becky Tallman in room 105.

Sermon Series Bible Study  - Sundays at 11:00 am in Room 107 Starting 4/23/17

Enhance your understanding and enjoyment of this fall’s sermon series by joining with others to discuss The Parables of Jesus. This class will combine fellowship with study, centered on discussion questions of the weekly sermon.

This class is designed for someone who is anywhere between Engaging and Deepening on the Discipleship pathway.

New Member Class - Sunday 6/25/17, 12:15 - 3:30pm

Our Next New Member class will be offered on Sunday 6/25/17. For more information please contact Karen Schmitz at Kschmitz@marionmethodist.org. This class is designed for someone who is Engaging on the Discipleship pathway.

deepening

Discovering What the Future Holds, Thursday evenings 5:30-7:30 PM or Friday mornings 9:30-11:30 AM in Room 104 Starts April 6 & 7 *No Class on April 13 & 14*

Why wonder or worry about the future? God has given you a sneak preview.

With all that’s transpiring in the world, people can’t help but wonder what the future holds. Will there ever be peace on earth? How long will the world live under the threat of terrorism? Is a one-world ruler on the horizon? God has already provided answers to these questions in the book of Daniel, which sets forth His blueprints for the future. In fact, when you understand the prophecies Daniel reveals, every other prophecy in the Bible will fit somewhere in the plan. This class is open to all and a wonderful destination for those traveling through the EngagingDeepening, or Centered portion of the Discipleship Pathway.

Paul and the Galations: The Life and Letters of Paul, Sundays at 9:45AM in Room 106 Starts on April 23

This study explores the difficult relationship between the Law of the Jews and the Christian faith of the Galatians. Drawing on historical data about the Galatian congregations and their origins, the author explains how Paul understood his audience and tailored his argument to address the particular threats to their faith and their misunderstandings of the relationship between law and freedom.

This class is designed for someone who is Deepening on the Discipleship pathway.

Cast of Characters: Common People in the Hands of an Uncommon God, Wednesday evenings at 6:30 PM in Room 103

Common people...Story after story marked by scandal, stumble, and intrigue. Who are these people? They're the people of the Bible. And they're us. We find our stories in theirs. We find our hope where they found theirs. In the hands of an uncommon God. In the midst of them all ... hovering over them all ... is the hero of it all: God. Maker. Shaper. Rescuer of sinking hearts. God. Passing out high callings, second chances, and moral compasses to all comers and takers. In this gathering of inspiring stories from his numbers best-selling books, master storyteller Max Lucado revisits some of his favorite biblical characters -- all of whom were very human and imperfect, just like us. If God can find a place for them ... He might just have a place for us too.

 All are welcome to attend and will be a wonderful destination for those on the Discipleship Pathway between Engaging  and Deepening. Join Judy Schnittjer in room 107.

Matthew: Being Discipled by Jesus, Sunday mornings at 9:45 AM in room 105

What would it be like to be discipled by Jesus himself? What would he teach you about relationships, priorities, wealth and his coming kingdom? What would you learn from his actions? Matthew's Gospel brings you face to face with Jesus as he calls, teaches and prepares his disciples. As you work through these Bible studies on Matthew, you can become one of those chosen followers.All are welcome to attend and will be a wonderful destination for those on the Discipleship Pathway between EngagingDeepening, and Centered. Join Gregg and Becky Tallman in room 105.

Messy Grace By Caleb Kaltenbach - Sundays at 11:00 AM in Room 104

Sometimes, grace gets messy. 

Caleb Kaltenbach was raised by LGBT parents, marched in gay pride parades as a youngster, and experienced firsthand the hatred and bitterness of some Christians toward his family. But then Caleb surprised everyone, including himself, by becoming a Christian…and a pastor.
 
Very few issues in Christianity are as divisive as the acceptance of the LGBT community in the church. As a pastor and as a person with beloved family members living a gay lifestyle, Caleb had to face this issue with courage and grace. 
 
Messy Grace shows us that Jesus’s command to “love your neighbor as yourself” doesn’t have an exception clause for a gay “neighbor”—or for that matter, any other “neighbor” we might find it hard to relate to. Jesus was able to love these people and yet still hold on to his beliefs. So can you. Even when it’s messy.

This class is designed for everyone from Deepening or Centered on the Discipleship Pathway.

Sermon Series Bible Study  - Sundays at 11:00 am in Room 107 Starting 4/23/17

Enhance your understanding and enjoyment of this fall’s sermon series by joining with others to discuss The Parables of Jesus. This class will combine fellowship with study, centered on discussion questions of the weekly sermon.

This class is designed for someone who is anywhere between Engaging and Deepening on the Discipleship pathway.

Old Testament Studies - Sunday at 9:45 am in Room 107

The Old Testament stresses that God is a personal and active being in everyday life experiences. It takes these characteristics of God and applies them directly to the life of His people. In the Old Testament human goodness finds its authority example and inspiration in the person of God Himself.

This year we will begin our study with the book of Joshua after a "quick" review of the Pentateuch (Torah). Joshua begins a series of 12 books called the historical books. They cover the life of Joshua (Moses' successor), the conquest of Canaan, the tribal    allotment, the judges and kings of Israel, the divided Kingdom after the death of Solomon, and the rivalry between the Northern and Southern Kingdoms until the fall of the Southern Kingdom to Nebuchadnezzar's armies, which brought to an end Israel's existence as a free and autocratic nation.

This class is designed for someone who is Deepening on the Discipleship pathway.

Disciple II - Sundays at 12:30 pm in Room 107

DISCIPLE II is an in-depth study of Genesis, Exodus, Luke and Acts. Genesis and Exodus are foundational books of the Bible. The writings of Luke, who wrote both Luke and Acts, cover more of the New Testament than any other single author including Paul. From the first chapter of Luke through the last chapter of Acts, the Holy Spirit is active in a very powerful way. Participants must have   completed Disciple I. 

This class is designed for someone who is Deepening on the Discipleship pathway.

 centered

Discovering What the Future Holds, Thursday evenings 5:30-7:30 PM or Friday mornings 9:30-11:30 AM in Room 104 Starts April 6 & 7 *No Class on April 13 & 14*

Why wonder or worry about the future? God has given you a sneak preview.

With all that’s transpiring in the world, people can’t help but wonder what the future holds. Will there ever be peace on earth? How long will the world live under the threat of terrorism? Is a one-world ruler on the horizon? God has already provided answers to these questions in the book of Daniel, which sets forth His blueprints for the future. In fact, when you understand the prophecies Daniel reveals, every other prophecy in the Bible will fit somewhere in the plan. This class is open to all and a wonderful destination for those traveling through the EngagingDeepening, or Centered portion of the Discipleship Pathway.

Matthew: Being Discipled by Jesus, Sunday mornings at 9:45 AM in room 105

What would it be like to be discipled by Jesus himself? What would he teach you about relationships, priorities, wealth and his coming kingdom? What would you learn from his actions? Matthew's Gospel brings you face to face with Jesus as he calls, teaches and prepares his disciples. As you work through these Bible studies on Matthew, you can become one of those chosen followers.All are welcome to attend and will be a wonderful destination for those on the Discipleship Pathway between EngagingDeepening, and Centered. Join Gregg and Becky Tallman in room 105

Congregational Care Ministry - Wednesday at 6:30 pm in Room 106

This fall we will be studying the book "A Primer in Pastoral Care".  Written by an Associate Professor at University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, this practical, encouraging guide to pastoral care was written in response to a plea from a chaplain in Waterloo for "up-to-date, well-balanced and practical materials for lay people in the area of pastoral care".  This easy-to-read book lays a thorough yet substantial foundation for churches - clergy and lay people - to engage in congregational care.  Join us this fall in Room 106 as we explore our personal experiences with pastoral care, how we are already serving in many ways, and what is the foundation of care. 

This class is designed for someone who is Centered on the Discipleship Pathway.

Messy Grace By Caleb Kaltenbach - Sundays at 11:00 AM in Room 104

Sometimes, grace gets messy. 

Caleb Kaltenbach was raised by LGBT parents, marched in gay pride parades as a youngster, and experienced firsthand the hatred and bitterness of some Christians toward his family. But then Caleb surprised everyone, including himself, by becoming a Christian…and a pastor.

 Very few issues in Christianity are as divisive as the acceptance of the LGBT community in the church. As a pastor and as a person with beloved family members living a gay lifestyle, Caleb had to face this issue with courage and grace. 
 
Messy Grace shows us that Jesus’s command to “love your neighbor as yourself” doesn’t have an exception clause for a gay “neighbor”—or for that matter, any other “neighbor” we might find it hard to relate to. Jesus was able to love these people and yet still hold on to his beliefs. So can you. Even when it’s messy.

This class is designed for everyone from Deepening or Centered on the Discipleship Pathway.


We are here to help you grow spiritually. Click here to get registered!

People who have answered the call of spiritual leadership in the church

Adult Education leader

These people are the driving force behind the discipleship ministry as they lead and teach the various courses and gatherings. If you are feeling called to become a leader, please contact Jen Digmann at jdigmann@marionmethodist.org to schedule an interview.

Discipleship coach

For persons willing to serve in a personal  leadership role in the discipleship of others. Please contact Jen Digmann at jdigmann@marionmethodist.org to schedule an appointment.

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