SpiritWalk is short-term classes offered each spring and fall designed to grow you deep in the foundations of the Christian life. If you feel God calling you deeper in one particular area, or you are in leadership, consider a SpiritWalk class.
If you have not yet attended Alpha at Bethany, we encourage you to take it before or alongside another SpiritWalk class.
Fall 2019 Courses:
Truth - Beliefs & Doctrine
Jesus and His Jewish Influences
Mondays, Sep 9 - Dec 2
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Leaders: Dave Lutz
Half-hour lectures in the Great Courses Series by archeologist, Professor Jodi Magness, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Magness is Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism. Course Scope: For anyone interested in understanding the profound effect Jesus had on the world, it’s important to realize that his actions and teachings didn’t emerge from a vacuum. Rather, they were the product of a fascinating dialogue with—and reaction to—the traditions, cultures, and historical developments of ancient Jewish beliefs. In fact, early Judaism and Jesus are two subjects so inextricably linked that one cannot arrive at a true understanding of Jesus without understanding the time in which he lived and taught. The class is facilitated by Pastor Dave Lutz who has worked as an archeologist in both Israel and the West Bank, has his doctorate in Old Testament studies, and has taught at both the college and university levels.
Epic of Eden: Isaiah
Sundays, Sep 15 - Nov 17 (no class on 9/27)
4:00 - 5:30 PM
Leader: Cindi Deviney
Often named “the fifth gospel,” the book of the prophet Isaiah has more to say about Israel’s coming Messiah than any other Old Testament book. Brilliant, courageous, uncompromising, this prophet declared that “the year of the LORD” had come and God’s people needed to either step up, or stand down. Indeed, when Isaiah spoke, kings trembled. But too often, when Isaiah speaks today, God’s people have trouble hearing. Why? We often miss the larger context. In The Epic of Eden: Isaiah, Dr. Sandra Richter takes participants back to the eighth century BCE. This eight-week study explains Israel’s religion and economy, explores the definition and role of the prophets, and helps us to apply the message of this great champion of the faith to our lives today.
Life - Relationship with Jesus
Intro to Grow Groups
Tuesdays, Oct 1 - 29
Noon - 1:00 PM
Leaders: Anita Bradberry
Wesley founded Methodism, and it flourished, on the belief that spiritual growth and discipleship must be firmly grounded in deep, trusting, open, sharing relationships with each other and with God. Toward this end he developed small groups called Class Meetings….groups of men and women who met weekly to share how they had experienced God in their life that week. This class will study Kevin Watson’s short, simple book to learn the theological basis for Wesley’s small groups, what they are and are not, how they compare to other small groups, and how they form and function. At the end of this class, you will be well prepared to join one a Grow Group at Bethany.
Practices for Spiritual Formation
Wednesdays, Sep 18 - Oct 23
6:30 - 7:45 PM
Leader: Gina Doolittle
In this class you will learn how to arrange your life around a regular pattern of spiritual practices that God can use to nourish your soul and transform your life. You will experience ways to incorporate spiritual disciplines into your life through a 6 part DVD teaching series. Come and see what God is offering you as you develop these practices for spiritual transformation.
Sunday, Oct 6
2:00 - 4:00 PM
Sundays, Oct 20 - Nov 10 & Jan 5 - Feb 23
2:00 - 4:00 PM
Leaders: Erin Temple
Life Recovery is a 12-week Bible study based on the Twelve Steps that aims to help Bethany members and visitors find freedom from addiction not limited to drugs and alcohol. We can be, and are, addicted to any number of things in life: food, gambling, sex, pornography, shopping, over-dependence on people, love of “stuff,” feelings of depression, fear, or anxiety . . . the list goes on. Addictions are very simply the things, relationships, or coping strategies we turn to for relief from life’s pain and brokenness. In Life Recovery you’ll find friends to connect with, strength to help you face some of your most difficult struggles, biblical, practical steps for real change, and a much, much deeper relationship with God.
The Way - Living Out the Faith in All of Life
Being the Church Beyond Our Walls
Sunday, Oct 13
3:00 - 6:00 PM
Leaders: Kevin Gourley
Learn about exciting ways the church can authentically engage with the community around us in serving God and loving our neighbors as ourselves. Be inspired in ways we can explore new fresh expressions of what it means to be “the church.” Get involved in making this world a better place.
Freedom of Simplicity
Sundays, Sep 8 - Nov 10
3:00 - 4:00 PM
Leader: Kim Brooks
Richard Foster’s classic work on simplicity explores this discipline throughout Christian history and the Bible as well as examining simplicity in practice. Foster provides a way to rethink our priorities and to “seek first God’s kingdom and his righteousness.” He shows us how to live in harmony with the rich complexity of life while stressing the relation of simplicity to prayer, solitude, and all the Christian disciplines.
Race: The Power of an Illusion
Mondays, Sep 23 - Oct 7
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Leaders: Kerry Stevens & Debra Coe
What is this thing called race? Where did the idea come from? Why are issues of race important to people of faith? This three-part video series and discussion navigates through misconceptions and the effects they have on society, while exploring the role of Christians in healing the racial divide. Learn more about Healing the Racial Divide.
Christian Life Resources
The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery
Sundays, Sep 15 - Oct 20
2:30 - 4:00 PM
Leaders: Sheri Clifton & Holly King
Why do you react to the world in certain ways and others don’t? How does what seems to be simple communication turn into complicated confusion and misunderstanding? Is your real, authentic self somewhere just below the surface? This Enneagram book study takes a deeper dive into understanding self and others.
Love & Logic
Sundays, Sep 15- Oct 27 (no class 10/13)
4:00 - 6:00 PM
Leader: Jessica Johnson
Cost: $100/person or $150/Couple
Join us for Parenting the Love and Logic Way led by Jessica Johnson, Independent Facilitator. A six session parenting program designed by the Love and Logic Institute. This parenting program is designed to give you practical skills that can be used immediately with children of ALL AGES! Learn how to:
- Avoid un-winnable power-struggles and arguments
- Stay calm when your kids do incredibly upsetting things
- Set enforceable limits
- Avoid enabling and begin empowering
- Help your kids learn from mistakes rather than repeating them
- Raise kids who are family members rather than dictators
- And much more!
ReWYRE (Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends)
Sundays, Sep 15 - Nov 17
5:30 - 8:00 PM
Leaders: Erin Temple
10-week class about growing and discovering God’s love in new ways after the end of a love relationship. Info session on Sept 8, 2-4pm. $100 (scholarships available upon request) Learn more about ReWYRE.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers
Wednesdays, Oct16 - Nov 20
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Leaders*: Pastor Dave Lutz & Cheryl Goad
Class Limit: 15 Persons
This six week 90 minute course, Powerful Tools for Caregivers, is designed for any family member who is a caregiver to any parent, spouse or other older adult. It’s purpose is to help caregivers to develop self-care tools to: reduce personal stress; change negative self-talk; communicate caregiving needs to family members and healthcare/service providers; communicate more effectively in challenging situations; recognize messages in emotions and deal with difficult feelings. Also help make tough care-giving decisions concerning such issues as finances, driving issues, or care facility placement. The focus of the course is only on the caregiver and the health of the caregiver. Class topics are:
- Taking Care of You
- Identifying and Reducing Personal Stress
- Communicating Feelings, Needs, Concerns
- Communicating in Challenging Situations
- Learning from Our Emotions
- Mastering Care-giving Decisions
* Cheryl Goad, a Stephen Minister, and Pastor Dave Lutz have received special training to lead this class.