We offer several opportunities for adults to explore their faith and Christian commitment in engaging and enriching ways.
Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study
Every Sunday morning at 9:00 am we get together for a lively and wide-ranging discussion. Our focus is usually on one of the Biblical texts that we will be reading in worship that morning, although you can never tell where the discussion will go! We often end up exploring stimulating and sometimes controversial questions and exchanging differing points of view. But we always maintain a commitment to respectful dialogue and mutual enlightenment. From time to time we also choose a book to form the focus of our discussion. Pastor Eric is the leader of this study group (barely!)
Midweek Adult Faith Conversation
Every Wednesday morning at 10:30 am we gather to study, laugh, and eat together. The main part of our time is spent studying one of the Biblical texts that we will be reading in worship on the upcoming Sunday, led by Pastor Eric. Afterwards we “do lunch” together either at the church or at a local restaurant. We also organize a Christmas banquet for the senior members of our congregation.
Mid-Week Adult Faith Study
Every other Tuesday evening we gather for a time of discussion and study which focuses on different subjects throughout the year. Mostly we focus on a Biblical text, or book, or theme. But we also run short term (6 weeks or so) courses on various topics of interest to the group. Between meetings, the conversation continues on our online discussion forum.
Short Term Education Offerings
Our Education Team here at Good Shepherd usually also offers a variety of short courses of study or one-day seminars throughout the year. For example we offered an 8 week course on the religions of the world, taught by Sid Bentley, a well-known local expert in the field. In the past we have offered a one-day bus tour of different places of worship around the lower Mainland which included a Buddhist temple, A Sihk temple, a Muslim Mosque, etc. We have offered a series of short-term seminars on eldercare and end-of-life issues such as living wills and care for aging parents.