Developing disciples who live and love the word of God

The Education Ministry disciples people at all stages of spiritual maturity to become fully devoted followers of Christ. We strive to transform our people into lifelong students of the Bible, and to develop their ability as teachers and servants to share God’s love.
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Sunday Morning Bible Classes

True Story: Forming a Scripture-Shaped Worldview

Please join us for our Sunday morning Bible class series! Classes begin at 9:35 a.m. Here’s information on our series for December-February:

Is life just about working hard and getting ahead? Is our true goal personal happiness? Am I free to do anything I want?

We live lives shaped by the stories we tell ourselves. Culture presents us with many competing, false stories. In this study, we’ll examine a false story each week, and then we’ll discuss how scripture presents an alternative – the true story.

We’ll see how the world of the Bible shared many struggles with us. Ultimately, we’ll shape our worldview and actions to be more in line with Jesus.

We also offer classes for children and teenagers. You can find out more information on our Children’s Ministry page and our Youth & Family page.

College Students

University | S1 (in the Summit)

College and university students

Young Adults

Launch | Campus Lounge (in the Summit)

College graduates and young single adults in their mid-late 20s

Reach | A120

Engaged and married couples, most of whom do not have children

Young Professionals | A109

Young single adults in their late 20s-30s
Young Families

Connected | A111

Couples in their first years of marriage, many of whom have started families

Thrive | A101

Late 20s – mid 30s, many with infants and toddlers

Foundations | A201 (above Fellowship Central)

Early-late 30s, many with children in preschool and elementary

Christian Families | A103-104

Mid 30s – early 40s, many with children in preschool and elementary

New Beginnings | A117-118

Early-mid 40s, many with children in elementary and middle school

Middle-Aged Adults

Families & Friends | A119

Late 40s – early 50s, many with children in high school

Cross Walk | A121

Early-late 50s, many with children in high school and college

CIA | A113

50s – 60s, many with children college-aged and older

Older Adults

Upward Bound | A102

Late 50s – mid 60s

Cornerstone | A115-116

Early – late 60s

Forever 50 Something | Fellowship Central

Mid 60s – early 70s

Emptynesters | A105-106

Early 70s and older

All Ages

Generations | A122-123

Adults of all ages, married or single

Step by Step | A110

A diverse group of new Christians, Christians whose spouses do not attend church, or people wanting to know more about Christianity

Special Options

Explorers | Conference Room

For those in a season of spiritual exploration

International | Gym (in the Summit)

A small group discussion class of basic Bible teachings for internationals

Wednesday Evening Bible Classes

Winter Wednesdays: January 8 - February 26

Join us for a class or group on Wednesday nights! All classes meet at 7:00 except where noted.

Winter Classes For All

Developing a Heart Like David’s: Lessons from 2 Samuel

Robert Edwards | A117-118

David was far from perfect, and yet he was called a man after God’s own heart. Is it possible for us today to be men and women after God’s own heart? Our study will focus on some great lessons we can learn from David’s life that we find in 2 Samuel. (Parents, if your kids are doing LTC this year, come study the same book your kids are studying!)

Angels, Demons, and Satan

Brian Simmons | A122-123

This class closely examines passages from the Bible to discern how we can accurately understand several kinds of spiritual beings such as angels, demons and Satan. While we cannot completely understand such things, this class seeks to better understand them! This is hosted by the Young Professionals but open to all!

Race, The Cross, and Christians Today

Bob Carpenter | A105-106

This class will examine the Jesus’ command to “love our neighbor as ourselves” as it relates to race and ethnicity. We’ll discuss scripture, history, and current events as we discern together what God’s people are called to do in today’s climate.

The Connected Child: Parenting with Hope and Healing

Kari Laxson & Gabe Schmidt | A103-104

This is a reading and discussion group for The Connected Child by Drs. Karyn Purvis and David Cross. The book and this group will help you build bonds of affection and trust with your child, effectively deal with learning or behavioral disorders, and discipline with love without making your children feel threatened. While this book was originally written for foster/adoptive families, its principles are universally applicable, and all parents are invited to this casual discussion group.

Launch (Young Adults)

Daniel Roberts | Off-site (January), A113 (February)

This is the weekly Wednesday gathering of our group of young adults, most of whom are in their mid-late 20s. For the month of January, they will meet off-site at the home of Daniel Roberts (our young adults/singles minister), and in February, they will meet at MRCC.

For Women

Come as You Are

Sherry Brown | A121

This class will view and discuss the videos for “It’s Not Supposed to be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered” by Lysa TerKeurst. No registration necessary.

In the Beginning…God

Sara Alcon | A119

Genesis 1-3 establishes themes that resonate throughout the Bible, all fulfilled in Jesus. This will be a discussion-based textual study in the style of The Bible Project and BEMA. No registration necessary.

Spiritual Formation and Care of the Soul

Carrie Jane Arledge | A120

A quiet, mid-week retreat. This class provides tools for spiritual formation as you learn to attend to the needs of your soul. No registration necessary.

Ongoing Classes

Western Christians in Global Missions

John Wilguess | A101

This class is for you if you have ever asked how missions at Memorial Road happens. Mission outreach is the DNA of our faith.  Bringing the Gospel to those who have not heard – or sharing our lives with those who desire to see the fruit of a life lived for Christ are just two ways we see mission work at work. This interactive class features discussions with missionaries from throughout the world, assigned readings from the book Western Christians In Global Missions, and participation of class members to find ways to better serve those around us in the name of Jesus.

International

Clay Hart | Fellowship Central

This class is designed for one on one or small group conversations centered on discussion of short texts from a simplified English translation of the Bible. Internationals are paired with native English speakers in order to improve language skills, share their stories, and develop friendship while talking about God, culture, and life.

Earlybird (5:15-6:00)

Loren Gieger | A105-106

This class is for those who would like to attend a class at an earlier time. You will feel welcome in this class that spans all ages and life situations.

Care & Support Groups

Foster & Adoptive Families

 Kari Laxson & Gabe Schmidt | A103-104

This group addresses the needs of our continually growing foster and adoptive community. Class sessions may include a video and discussion, guest speaker, or other ongoing support topics. This class is will study and discuss The Connected Child for January-February.

DivorceCare (6:30-8:00)

on break for Jan-Feb

Jennifer Gotcher | A201

DivorceCare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Free to attend, recommended workbook fee is $15. Click here for more details and registration instructions.

Griefshare

on break for Jan-Feb

Cherry Hart | A102

This is a warm, supportive program of support and education for anyone grieving a loved one’s passing. Free to attend, recommended workbook fee is $15. Click here for more details and registration instructions.

Staff

Feel free to send us a message if you're interested in getting involved or have any questions about the Adult Education Ministry!

Josh Kingcade

Education

Delise Williams

Education

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