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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.

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

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

Adult Discipleship Opportunities for the Discipleship Pathway

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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 at 9:15 AM in the Adminstrative Office at the Church.

Spiritual Assessment

A tool used to help individuals identify their stage in the Discipleship Pathway. Click here to complete the assessment.

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

DAVE RAMSEY’S FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY ~ Thursdays evenings at 6:30-7:45PM in Room W50 ~ Led by Corey Miles and Paul Rodriguez~ Starting January 10, 2019

Financial Peace University is a nine-lesson course, taught by America’s most trusted financial guru, Dave Ramsey, and his team of financial experts, Rachel Cruze and Chris Hogan. Financial Peace   University provides practical instruction on budgeting, saving for emergencies, retiring with dignity, and giving generously. In addition to the nine-lesson course, Financial Peace University includes a library of additional tools and courses, plus access to a vibrant and growing community of like-minded people who want to never worry about money again.

We will begin this study on January 10th with an orientation. This will allow you to pick up your    Financial Peace University kit and ask questions as we prepare to begin this journey of Financial Peace.

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between EngagingDeepening, or Centered on the Discipleship pathway.

 1 CORINTHIANS ~ Sundays at 9:20AM in Room W10 ~   Led by Gregg and Becky Tallman ~ Starting January 13, 2019

Life among Christians can be great. But it can also be exasperating! The joys of fellowship in Christ too often give way to division and debate. You may find yourself drawn into arguments over such things as the correct form of worship or the proper role of charismatic gifts. Perhaps you wonder, why don't we get along together as we should? Or, how can we recapture the unity of the early church? Surprisingly, the first   Christian believers didn't always live in harmony either! As Paul Stevens and Dan Williams lead you through this study of 1 Corinthians, you will see that the issues facing the Corinthian church are little different from the ones your church struggles with year after year. Here in 1 Corinthians is a portrait of Christian        community not as it was meant to be, but as it often really is. But here too is practical advice for overcoming the challenges of life together.

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between EngagingDeepening, or Centered on the Discipleship pathway. 

IT’S NOT SUPPOSED TO BE THIS WAY: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered ~ Sundays at 9:20AM in Room W40 ~ Led by Val Lawrence ~ Starting January 13, 2019

What do you do when God’s timing seems questionable, His lack of intervention hurtful, and His promises doubtful?

Life often looks so very different than we hoped or expected. Some events may simply catch us off guard for a moment, but others shatter us completely. We feel disappointed and disillusioned, and we quietly start to wonder about the reality of God’s goodness.

Lysa TerKeurst understands this deeply. But she's also discovered that our disappointments can be the divine appointments our souls need to radically encounter God. In It's Not Supposed to Be This Way, Lysa invites us into her own journey of faith and, with grit, vulnerability, and honest humor. You are invited to join us, to grow along with us, in this  women’s Bible Study.

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between EngagingDeepening, or Centered on the Discipleship pathway.

 Boundaries ~  Wednesdays at 6:30PM in Room W20 ~ Led by Marty Schuhmacher

In Boundaries, learn how to bring new health to your relationships. You’ll discover firsthand how to reclaim your freedom to walk as the loving, giving, fulfilled individual God created you to be.

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between EngagingDeepening, or Centered on the Discipleship pathway.

BASIC BIBLE  ~  Wednesdays at 6:30PM in Room W50 ~  Led by Pastor Mike Morgan ~ Starting January 9, 2019

Designed for beginners to the Bible, who have likely never taken a Bible study.

This January we will be studying Exodus. Next fall we will begin the New Testament by reading the Gospel of Matthew. You are invited to get on and stay on for the whole ride, join at any time and/or move to a class at the next level at any time. Please join Pastor Mike for this study in room W50.

This will be a wonderful place to begin for those on the Discipleship Pathway in the Engaging category.

WHEN GOD SAYS WAIT ~ Tuesday Mornings at 10:00AM OR Wednesday Evenings at 6:30PM in Room W10 ~   Led by Judy Schnittjer~ Starting January 8 OR 9

A job, a true love, a baby, a cure. . .

We're all waiting for something from God.
And the place between His answers can feel like a wasteland where dreams--and faith--go to die.
When we're waiting, we wonder, "Why?," "Why me?," and "How long?"

But the truth? . . .
When God says, "Wait," He doesn't tell us for how long.
When God says, "Wait," we face one of life's greatest tests.
When God says, "Wait," we have decisions to make.
When God says, "Wait," we can control only two things: how we wait, and who we become along the way.

Author Elizabeth Laing Thompson invites you to walk alongside people of the Bible who had to wait on God. . .imperfect heroes like David, Miriam, Naomi, Sarah, Joseph, and others. Their stories will provide a roadmap for your own story, helping you navigate the painful, lonely territory of waiting, coming out on the other side with your faith, relationships, and sense of humor intact. They might even help you learn to enjoy the ride.

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between Engaging Deepening, or Centered on the Discipleship pathway. 

CONGREGATIONAL CARE MINISTRY ~ Wednesdays at 6:30 PM in Room W40 ~ Led by Vicki Standley 

We have established a Care Ministry team to help serve our church and congregation. During this time, we have ongoing training for this ministry group. We are excited for this ministry to grow and you are welcome to join us at any time. Please contact Vicki Standley at (319) 377-4856 or email her at vstandley@MarionMethodist.org.

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between EngagingDeepening, or Centered on the Discipleship pathway.

 THE COOKIES ON THE LOWER SHELF: PART 2 ~ Thursdays evenings at 6:00-7:30PM in Room W10 OR Friday mornings 9:30-11:00AM in Lower Level Carnegie Building at 1277 7th Avenue ~ Lead by Tina Southard 

Cookies on the Lower Shelf is a Precept Inductive Bible Study series that covers the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation in three, 10-week segments. The second release in the series, Cookies on the Lower Shelf Part 2 covers the books 1 Samuel through Malachi. This series is designed to help you see the Big Picture and give you the context needed to get the most understanding from future studies!

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between Engaging Deepening, or Centered on the Discipleship pathway.

New Member Class - Sunday January 27, 2019

Our Next New Member class will be offered on Sunday 1/27/2019. 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

DAVE RAMSEY’S FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY ~ Thursdays evenings at 6:30-7:45PM in Room W50 ~ Led by Corey Miles and Paul Rodriguez~ Starting January 10, 2019

Financial Peace University is a nine-lesson course, taught by America’s most trusted financial guru, Dave Ramsey, and his team of financial experts, Rachel Cruze and Chris Hogan. Financial Peace   University provides practical instruction on budgeting, saving for emergencies, retiring with dignity, and giving generously. In addition to the nine-lesson course, Financial Peace University includes a library of additional tools and courses, plus access to a vibrant and growing community of like-minded people who want to never worry about money again.

We will begin this study on January 10th with an orientation. This will allow you to pick up your    Financial Peace University kit and ask questions as we prepare to begin this journey of Financial Peace.

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between Engaging,  Deepening, or Centered on the Discipleship pathway.

1 CORINTHIANS ~ Sundays at 9:20AM in Room W10 ~   Led by Gregg and Becky Tallman ~ Starting January 13, 2019

Life among Christians can be great. But it can also be exasperating! The joys of fellowship in Christ too often give way to division and debate. You may find yourself drawn into arguments over such things as the correct form of worship or the proper role of charismatic gifts. Perhaps you wonder, why don't we get along together as we should? Or, how can we recapture the unity of the early church? Surprisingly, the first   Christian believers didn't always live in harmony either! As Paul Stevens and Dan Williams lead you through this study of 1 Corinthians, you will see that the issues facing the Corinthian church are little different from the ones your church struggles with year after year. Here in 1 Corinthians is a portrait of Christian        community not as it was meant to be, but as it often really is. But here too is practical advice for overcoming the challenges of life together.

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between Engaging,  Deepening, or Centered on the Discipleship pathway. 

IT’S NOT SUPPOSED TO BE THIS WAY: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered ~ Sundays at 9:20AM in Room W40 ~ Led by Val Lawrence ~ Starting January 13, 2019

What do you do when God’s timing seems questionable, His lack of intervention hurtful, and His promises doubtful?

Life often looks so very different than we hoped or expected. Some events may simply catch us off guard for a moment, but others shatter us completely. We feel disappointed and disillusioned, and we quietly start to wonder about the reality of God’s goodness.

Lysa TerKeurst understands this deeply. But she's also discovered that our disappointments can be the divine appointments our souls need to radically encounter God. In It's Not Supposed to Be This Way, Lysa invites us into her own journey of faith and, with grit, vulnerability, and honest humor. You are invited to join us, to grow along with us, in this  women’s Bible Study.

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between Engaging,  Deepening, or Centered on the Discipleship pathway.

DISCIPLE III (PART 2) ~ Sundays at 9:20AM in Room W20 ~ Lead by Gene Gerber

Disciple III Remember Who You Are is the third study in the four-phase DISCIPLE program. The driving idea in this study is the connection between memory and identity as the people of God. The word You in the title is meant to be heard both in its singular form (the individual) and its plural form (the community). We are a community of memory. We will study in the New Testament and read the thirteen Letters traditionally attributed to Paul

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between  Deepening or Centered on the Discipleship pathway.

OLD TESTAMENT HISTORY ~ Sundays at 9:20AM in Room W50 ~ Lead by Virginia Jensen ~ Starting January 6, 2019

We will continue our study of the Poetry and Wisdom Books of the Old Testament.

January's class will begin with the book of Psalms, the hymnbook of the Bible, which contains a wide variety of poems on both personal and national themes.

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between Deepening or Centered on the Discipleship pathway.

Boundaries ~  Wednesdays at 6:30PM in Room W20 ~ Led by Marty Schuhmacher

In Boundaries, learn how to bring new health to your relationships. You’ll discover firsthand how to reclaim your freedom to walk as the loving, giving, fulfilled individual God created you to be.

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between Engaging,  Deepening, or Centered on the Discipleship pathway.

WHEN GOD SAYS WAIT ~ Tuesday Mornings at 10:00AM OR Wednesday Evenings at 6:30PM in Room W10 ~   Led by Judy Schnittjer~ Starting January 8 OR 9

A job, a true love, a baby, a cure. . .

We're all waiting for something from God.
And the place between His answers can feel like a wasteland where dreams--and faith--go to die.
When we're waiting, we wonder, "Why?," "Why me?," and "How long?"

But the truth? . . .
When God says, "Wait," He doesn't tell us for how long.
When God says, "Wait," we face one of life's greatest tests.
When God says, "Wait," we have decisions to make.
When God says, "Wait," we can control only two things: how we wait, and who we become along the way.

Author Elizabeth Laing Thompson invites you to walk alongside people of the Bible who had to wait on God. . .imperfect heroes like David, Miriam, Naomi, Sarah, Joseph, and others. Their stories will provide a roadmap for your own story, helping you navigate the painful, lonely territory of waiting, coming out on the other side with your faith, relationships, and sense of humor intact. They might even help you learn to enjoy the ride.

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between Engaging Deepening, or Centered on the Discipleship pathway. 

CONGREGATIONAL CARE MINISTRY ~ Wednesdays at 6:30 PM ~ Led by Vicki Standley

We have established a Care Ministry team to help serve our church and congregation. During this time, we have ongoing training for this ministry group. We are excited for this ministry to grow and you are welcome to join us at any time. Please contact Vicki Standley at (319) 377-4856 or email her at vstandley@MarionMethodist.org.

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between Engaging,  Deepening, or Centered on the Discipleship pathway.

DISCIPLE II FAST TRACK—INTO THE WORD, INTO THE WORLD ~ Thursdays at 6:30PM in Room W30 ~   Lead by Judy Schnittjer and Mike Richmond  ~ Starting January 3, 209 

Into the Word helps readers deepen their understanding of Scripture and make connections between what they already know and what they are reading. Each week you will encounter three spiritual disciplines, learn what they are, and how you can engage those disciplines. The first discipline varies from week to week, then moves into Sabbath and prayer. In every session, you commit to how you will respond to Scripture in terms of ministry in the world.

Into the World identifies some needs in the world for which ministry is needed and suggests possible responses, then invites participants to summarize the scripture message that will shape their ministry and to decide what response and commitment to make to that message. Each week you will be guided in experiencing the gift of Sabbath rest and renewal. In this 12 week session you will study Luke–Acts.

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between Deepening and Centered on the Discipleship pathway. 

 THE COOKIES ON THE LOWER SHELF: PART 2 ~ Thursdays evenings at 6:00-7:30PM in Room W10 OR Friday mornings 9:30-11:00AM in Lower Level Carnegie Building at 1277 7th Avenue ~ Lead by Tina Southard 

Cookies on the Lower Shelf is a Precept Inductive Bible Study series that covers the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation in three, 10-week segments. The second release in the series, Cookies on the Lower Shelf Part 2 covers the books 1 Samuel through Malachi. This series is designed to help you see the Big Picture and give you the context needed to get the most understanding from future studies!

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between Engaging Deepening, or Centered on the Discipleship pathway.

 centered

DAVE RAMSEY’S FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY ~ Thursdays evenings at 6:30-7:45PM in Room W50 ~ Led by Corey Miles and Paul Rodriguez~ Starting January 10, 2019

Financial Peace University is a nine-lesson course, taught by America’s most trusted financial guru, Dave Ramsey, and his team of financial experts, Rachel Cruze and Chris Hogan. Financial Peace   University provides practical instruction on budgeting, saving for emergencies, retiring with dignity, and giving generously. In addition to the nine-lesson course, Financial Peace University includes a library of additional tools and courses, plus access to a vibrant and growing community of like-minded people who want to never worry about money again.

We will begin this study on January 10th with an orientation. This will allow you to pick up your    Financial Peace University kit and ask questions as we prepare to begin this journey of Financial Peace.

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between Engaging,  Deepening, or Centered on the Discipleship pathway.

1 CORINTHIANS ~ Sundays at 9:20AM in Room W10 ~   Led by Gregg and Becky Tallman ~ Starting January 13, 2019

Life among Christians can be great. But it can also be exasperating! The joys of fellowship in Christ too often give way to division and debate. You may find yourself drawn into arguments over such things as the correct form of worship or the proper role of charismatic gifts. Perhaps you wonder, why don't we get along together as we should? Or, how can we recapture the unity of the early church? Surprisingly, the first   Christian believers didn't always live in harmony either! As Paul Stevens and Dan Williams lead you through this study of 1 Corinthians, you will see that the issues facing the Corinthian church are little different from the ones your church struggles with year after year. Here in 1 Corinthians is a portrait of Christian        community not as it was meant to be, but as it often really is. But here too is practical advice for overcoming the challenges of life together.

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between Engaging,  Deepening, or Centered on the Discipleship pathway. 

DISCIPLE III (PART 2) ~ Sundays at 9:20AM in Room W20 ~ Lead by Gene Gerber

Disciple III Remember Who You Are is the third study in the four-phase DISCIPLE program. The driving idea in this study is the connection between memory and identity as the people of God. The word You in the title is meant to be heard both in its singular form (the individual) and its plural form (the community). We are a community of memory. We will study in the New Testament and read the thirteen Letters traditionally attributed to Paul

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between  Deepening or Centered on the Discipleship pathway.

OLD TESTAMENT HISTORY ~ Sundays at 9:20AM in Room W50 ~ Lead by Virginia Jensen ~ Starting January 6, 2019

We will continue our study of the Poetry and Wisdom Books of the Old Testament.

January's class will begin with the book of Psalms, the hymnbook of the Bible, which contains a wide variety of poems on both personal and national themes.

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between Deepening or Centered on the Discipleship pathway.

IT’S NOT SUPPOSED TO BE THIS WAY: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered ~ Sundays at 9:20AM in Room W40 ~ Led by Val Lawrence ~ Starting January 13, 2019

What do you do when God’s timing seems questionable, His lack of intervention hurtful, and His promises doubtful?

Life often looks so very different than we hoped or expected. Some events may simply catch us off guard for a moment, but others shatter us completely. We feel disappointed and disillusioned, and we quietly start to wonder about the reality of God’s goodness.

Lysa TerKeurst understands this deeply. But she's also discovered that our disappointments can be the divine appointments our souls need to radically encounter God. In It's Not Supposed to Be This Way, Lysa invites us into her own journey of faith and, with grit, vulnerability, and honest humor. You are invited to join us, to grow along with us, in this  women’s Bible Study.

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between Engaging,  Deepening, or Centered on the Discipleship pathway.

Boundaries ~  Wednesdays at 6:30PM in Room W20 ~ Led by Marty Schuhmacher

In Boundaries, learn how to bring new health to your relationships. You’ll discover firsthand how to reclaim your freedom to walk as the loving, giving, fulfilled individual God created you to be.

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between Engaging,  Deepening, or Centered on the Discipleship pathway.

WHEN GOD SAYS WAIT ~ Tuesday Mornings at 10:00AM OR Wednesday Evenings at 6:30PM in Room W10 ~   Led by Judy Schnittjer~ Starting January 8 OR 9

A job, a true love, a baby, a cure. . .

We're all waiting for something from God.
And the place between His answers can feel like a wasteland where dreams--and faith--go to die.
When we're waiting, we wonder, "Why?," "Why me?," and "How long?"

But the truth? . . .
When God says, "Wait," He doesn't tell us for how long.
When God says, "Wait," we face one of life's greatest tests.
When God says, "Wait," we have decisions to make.
When God says, "Wait," we can control only two things: how we wait, and who we become along the way.

Author Elizabeth Laing Thompson invites you to walk alongside people of the Bible who had to wait on God. . .imperfect heroes like David, Miriam, Naomi, Sarah, Joseph, and others. Their stories will provide a roadmap for your own story, helping you navigate the painful, lonely territory of waiting, coming out on the other side with your faith, relationships, and sense of humor intact. They might even help you learn to enjoy the ride.

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between Engaging Deepening, or Centered on the Discipleship pathway. 

CONGREGATIONAL CARE MINISTRY ~ Wednesdays at 6:30 PM in Room  W40 ~ Led by Vicki Standley 

We have established a Care Ministry team to help serve our church and congregation. During this time, we have ongoing training for this ministry group. We are excited for this ministry to grow and you are welcome to join us at any time. Please contact Vicki Standley at (319) 377-4856 or email her at vstandley@MarionMethodist.org.

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between Engaging,  Deepening, or Centered on the Discipleship pathway.

DISCIPLE II FAST TRACK—INTO THE WORD, INTO THE WORLD ~ Thursdays at 6:30PM in Room W30 ~   Lead by Judy Schnittjer and Mike Richmond  ~ Starting January 3, 209 

Into the Word helps readers deepen their understanding of Scripture and make connections between what they already know and what they are reading. Each week you will encounter three spiritual disciplines, learn what they are, and how you can engage those disciplines. The first discipline varies from week to week, then moves into Sabbath and prayer. In every session, you commit to how you will respond to Scripture in terms of ministry in the world.

Into the World identifies some needs in the world for which ministry is needed and suggests possible responses, then invites participants to summarize the scripture message that will shape their ministry and to decide what response and commitment to make to that message. Each week you will be guided in experiencing the gift of Sabbath rest and renewal. In this 12 week session you will study Luke–Acts.

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between Deepening and Centered on the Discipleship pathway. 

 THE COOKIES ON THE LOWER SHELF: PART 2 ~ Thursdays evenings at 6:00-7:30PM in Room W10 OR Friday mornings 9:30-11:00AM in Lower Level Carnegie Building at 1277 7th Avenue ~ Lead by Tina Southard 

Cookies on the Lower Shelf is a Precept Inductive Bible Study series that covers the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation in three, 10-week segments. The second release in the series, Cookies on the Lower Shelf Part 2 covers the books 1 Samuel through Malachi. This series is designed to help you see the Big Picture and give you the context needed to get the most understanding from future studies!

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between Engaging Deepening, or Centered on the Discipleship pathway.

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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