"They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers." Acts 2:42
Christian Education and Discipleship is an important part of our ministry here at The Church of the Good Shepherd, UMC.
We believe that the practice of Intentional Faith Development will lead to a vibrant, fruitful, growing congregation. We strive to offer high quality learning experiences that help people understand Scripture, faith, and life in an environment of supportive caring relationships. At Good Shepherd we offer Sunday school classes for the whole family (nursery through adult), Bible studies, short-term topical studies, support groups that apply faith to particular life challenges, children's church- time activities (called Worship Discovery), retreats, and United Methodist Youth Fellowship.
Why do we offer these opportunities?
Bishop Robert Schnase says it best in his book Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations:
"Christian disciples strive to develop faith and grow in Christ-likeness through study and learning, and God is best able to form disciples when people do this together and not by themselves." (pg. 63, 2007).
We invite you to learn more about these activities by visiting the pages found under this heading of Education. For your convenience they are arranged in age-related groupings. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Penny Rasnake, Director of Lay Ministries via phone at 703-281-3987 x13, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.