Adult Education

We would love to have you join us for Adult Education.

Our lives and our needs have changed throughout the years (especially in 2020 and 2021) opening more ways to be the church and grow in our faith. Considering our church’s mission to be More Than Sunday and the current state of ministry in a pandemic, we have been thinking outside the box with a desire to have more people involved in Adult Education. To more adequately reflect who we are and what we do, in the fall of 2021, Adult Education will become EQUIPPED.
A new name brings new opportunities to include others and enliven our purpose. We will still provide classes on Sunday mornings. In addition, we will offer special classes and events to help us grow all week long. Our goal is to equip people for the work of ministry so together we can love and serve our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 4:12)
How you can be EQUIPPED: Make plans now to join us in the fall. We will be focusing on the basics of our faith and life  — learning more about what we are to believe, the Bible, prayer, marriage, and parenting. Here is what you can look forward to:

Sunday Mornings

How to Avoid Heresy (and Embrace Orthodoxy)
Class Leader: The Rev. Dr. David McNutt
Sundays, September 12- October 3, 2021, 10:30-11:30am in the Parlor

Class Description

Class description to come!

CLASS LEADER
The Rev. Dr. David McNutt (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is an Associate Editor at IVP Academic, an imprint of InterVarsity Press, and Associate Lecturer of Core Studies at Wheaton College. He is also an ordained Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and he serves as a Parish Associate at First Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn.
The Mystery of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark
Class Leader: Dr. David Lauber
Sundays, October 10-31, 2021, 10:30-11:30am in the Parlor

Class Description

When Jesus taught, the people were astounded. And when he healed and drove out demons, they were amazed. Throughout the Gospel of Mark, we encounter the teachings and miracles of Jesus. We also witness the frequent confusion of the disciples as they hear Jesus speak of his need to walk the way of suffering that will lead him to the cross. He persistently instructs them along the way, and his identity is displayed on the cross, as we hear the soldier’s confession, “Truly this man was God’s Son” (Mark 15:39).

Over the course of four weeks, we will study together Mark’s depiction of Jesus. We will examine how specific episodes the story contribute to the central theme of the book, “…the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God” (Mark 1:1). In amazement and astonishment, we will reflect together on the mystery of the Incarnation – Jesus Christ, the Son of God, crucified and resurrected.

CLASS LEADER
Dr. David Lauber is Associate Professor of Theology and Dean of the School of Biblical and Theological Studies at Wheaton College, where he has taught for more than two decades. He has co-edited five books, including Life Questions Every Student Asks: Faithful Responses to Common Issues, Theology Questions Everyone Asks: Christian Faith in Plain Language, and with the Rev. Dr. Jennifer Powell McNutt, The People’s Book: The Reformation and the Bible. He is a committed classroom teacher; in 2012 he received the Leland Ryken Award for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities from Wheaton College. He has three children and his wife, Dawn, serves as a chaplain at Covenant Living at Windsor Park in Carol Stream.
Expanding our Experience in Prayer
Class Leader: Rev. Linda B. Richardson
Sundays, November 7, 14 and 21, 2021, 10:30-11:30am in the Parlor

Class Description

For three class sessions, we’ll be exploring together different modes of prayer as described in Scripture, practiced by saints (Christians) through the ages and prayer practices that God invites us into even in the busy, noisy world we currently live in. There will be many forms of prayer presented and you’ll be invited to try them on your own in order to find your own path to prayer.

CLASS LEADER
Rev. Linda Richardson, is an ordained Anglican priest and a trained spiritual director. She coordinates a spiritual direction training program through Christos Center for Spiritual Formation, is a former adjunct faculty at Wheaton College Graduate School, a long-time volunteer Bible study leader at DuPage County Jail, a retired pastor and speech/language pathologist, wife, mother and grandmother.
Narnia for Grownups
Class Leader: Dr. David C. Downing
Sundays, January 9-30, 2022, 10:30-11:30am in the Parlor

Class Description

During this four-session class, we will look at The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis.

CLASS LEADER
Dr. David C. Downing is the co-director of the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College, along with his wife Dr. Crystal Downing. Downing was raised in Colorado, earned a B.A. from Westmont College in Santa Barbara and an M.A. and Ph.D. from UCLA. He has written five books on C. S. Lewis, including a novel, Looking for the King, which features C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien and their friends as characters.

More than Sunday Mornings

Future Family: An Andy Stanley Video Series
Class Leaders: John and Tiffani Frank
Sunday evenings, September 12 - October 24, 2021 (no class October 10)

Class Description

Class details to come!

CLASS LEADERS
John and Tiffani Frank
Visionary Parenting and Grand-parenting
Class Leader: Rob Rienow
Thursday, October 7, 2021

Class Description

Class details to come!

CLASS LEADER
Rob Rienow