Adult Formation & Programs
Classes are offered for adults throughout the program year (September – May). Classes are occasionally offered during the summer months as well. All Sunday classes welcome newcomers and drop-is at any time.
Education for Ministry (EfM)
Daughters of the King (DOK)
Sunday Morning Formation
Interesting Characters of the Bible
There is no piece of literature that has more interesting characters in it than the Holy Bible. This sacred book has given us stories of God’s people: some good, some not so good, but all very entertaining. In this class we will take a deep dive into some of the people who make up God’s story and how we can relate to them. Interesting characters of the Bible will be held each Sunday during Christian Formation. Each week a a new character will be studied, lead, and facilitated by St. Paul’s clergy as well as some very special guests. So bring an inquiring mind, an open heart, and a friend.
When: Sundays, 10:00 – 10:50 am
Where: Otey Parish Hall
Other Programs For Adults
Richard Rohr Class
This small group explores a passage from the Universal Christ. We draw from personal experience to see the Universal Christ in our lives and in the world around us.
Lectionary Bible Study
The Lectionary Bible Study meets weekly throughout the year on Tuesday mornings from 10:30 am – Noon in the EfM room. The study and discussion focuses on the upcoming Sunday Scriptures readings. No preparation necessary. A little biblical history, a little personal story, a little coffee and kind-hearted jesting — you never know what will come up for discussion in this lively group, but it is always edifying and thought-provoking. Join us any week you are able.
The Coffee Club: A Men’s Bible Study
The Coffee Club is a weekly Bible study for St. Paul’s men focusing on the upcoming gospel reading for Sunday. We meet each Wednesday morning from 6:45-7:45 in the Barnabas Conference Room. Our time together centers around God’s holy Word and how it shapes and affects our lives today. No pre-reading is necessary and the conversation changes week to week. All are welcome.
When: Wednesdays, 6:45 am
Where: Barnabas Conference Room
Facilitated by Rev. Rusty McCown, Will Boggs, Sam Barcus and others
WITS (Women in Theological Study) is a women’s group that meets on Thursday mornings from 9:30-11:00 in the Barnabas Center.. We study books of the Bible, other books of interest, and engage in conversation and prayer with one another. WITS is for all women to attend whenever you can. There is always hot coffee and usually something to eat!
Contemplative Prayer groups meet in the EfM room on Monday nights at 7:00 pm and Tuesday afternoons via Zoom at 4:00 pm for 20-minutes of Centering Prayer, a contemplative prayer practice and Lectio Divina, a method of meditation on the scriptures led by one of the group members.
Monday Morning Group Prayer and Daily Office
This group meets for one hour on Monday mornings at 8:00 am via Zoom. Anyone is welcome. Commitment is to be present and to join in this spiritual discipline of reading the Daily Office from the Mission St. Clare and praying together.
Programs Requiring Registration/Commitment
Education for Ministry (EfM)
EfM is a four-year adult Christian formation program administered by the University of the South. In this program, you are given an opportunity to study the Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, and Theology in a small group setting. New groups form each fall and meet weekly during the academic year for study, prayer, and reflection. St. Paul’s has an active Education for Ministry (EfM) group that meets weekly, from September through May, on Tuesday evenings. Through these meetings, group members grow as a community, learn from each other, and most importantly, support one another on their personal faith journeys.
As baptized members of Christ’s church, we all have the responsibility to be ministers. Education for Ministry (EfM) can be a tool to help better equip you to perform the tasks of your personal ministry.
DOK – Daughters of the King
DOK or Daughters of the King is a national order for women and girls who desire a closer walk with the Lord. Daughters are Christian women who are strengthened through the discipline of a Rule of Life, and we are supported through the companionship of one another. After an initial 3-month discernment period, Daughters take vows to uphold a 2-fold Rule of Life, which include a Rule of Service and Rule of Prayer. All Daughters are at different stages of their Christian journey, but no matter where members are on their sacred journeys, the primary goals is always the same – to know Jesus Christ and to make Him known to others.