Adult Discipleship

Our Mission

The mission of Adult Discipleship at Bidwell Presbyterian Church is to offer ways for God’s spirit to transform ordinary women and men into fully alive Christian disciples, centered on the scripture, who love God and others with all that they are.

We offer 5 terms of adult Christian education classes each year covering a variety of topics including Biblical studies, theology and Christian history, book studies, and practical Christian living.

Core Classes

Core classes are designed to help move you along a directed pathway of spiritual growth. We try to offer CORE Classes each term, with additional weekend classes throughout the year so that you can easily complete all courses within 1 to 2 years.

Biblical Studies

Bidwell recognizes that living the truth of Scripture is key to spiritual growth. Classes offered include Old and New Testament surveys, studies of specific books of the Bible, and Discovering the Bible introduction courses. At least 1 Biblical Studies class is offered each term.

The Sunday Study

A weekly study and discussion group open to all ages and stages. We look at various books and themes from the Bible as a means of informing and enriching the participant’s Christian walk. This is a drop-in style class that meets every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in room 012.

Christian History Tours

Bi-annual guided trips to places like the Holy Land to explore Christian history and visit ancient Biblical locations.

Term 5 Core Class Offering

We are offering a Spiritual Disciplines course during our Spring Term this year. Classes in our Spiritual Discipline path are frequently titled “Getting to Know God.” These courses are designed to help you take a closer look at essential Christian practices such as prayer, Sabbath, reading Scripture, and stewardship. Our Spring Term Spiritual Disciplines Class is titled Art and Spirituality:A Women’s Study Class. It meets on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:45 pm in Room 206, from April 4 – May 2. Teachers Lauren Mesa and Arlene Minkler will lead the class in listening for God’s voice through Scripture and art, prayer and lectio divina, contemplative listening, music and more. Join us on this journey of going deeper into the heart of God. To register follow the Term 5 Classes link above to the Connect page and scroll down to find specific class options.

Term 5 Biblical Study Course

We are offering a Biblical Studies Course during our Spring Term 2018. Director of Adult Discipleship, Allen McCallum, will be teaching a class based on the book “God Behaving Badly:Is the God of the Old Testament Angry, Sexist and Racist?” by David Lamb. This class will be taught on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:45 pm. And for those who cannot make it to an evening class, it is also offered on Thursday morning from 9:30 to 11:00 am. This course raises the question, “What is God like”? The answer is really important because it determines how one relates to God. Negative images of God can have adverse effects on us, causing us to either avoid God or be too embarrassed to tell others about him. They could lead us to believe that God condones violent, sexist, or racist behaviors. An informed understanding of the Old Testament leaves us with the conviction that God is good. All the time. And because God is good, good things can happen for people like us and for our world. To register for this class follow the Term 5 Classes link above to the Connect page and scroll down to find specific class options.

Current Sunday Study Info

The Sunday Study is currently working their way through the book Acts for Everyone – part 1 by N.T. Wright. Class facilitator, Sandy Mercer says, “We’ve found it to be rather exciting to read and discuss how the believers, after Jesus’ death and resurrection, were scattered because of persecution, causing the message of grace, love, and hope about the Messiah to reach so many people around the Mediterranean area.” The class is a multi-generational group of very loving and caring people, who welcome others gladly.

Next Tour: The Holy Land

Wouldn’t it be great to conclude our current study of Mark’s gospel by visiting the very places it talks about? Join us on our trip to the Holy Land as we experience Galilee and Jerusalem for ourselves. Pastor Shannon Christopher is looking forward to hosting this trip from October 2 – 13, 2018. Register with a down payment by June 23rd to avoid a late fee. For more information or to register call Janis Barnett at the church office at (530) 343-1484, or email her at jbarnett@bidwellpres.org.