NOTE: To register for ReWYRE, The Savvy Caregiver or Suicide Awareness use the SpiritWalk registration form and choose the class you are registering for under "Select Class".
SpiritWalk is a collection of 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.
Spring 2021 Courses:
Due to COVID-19 and current safe gathering guidelines, our fall courses will be offered via Zoom or other online meeting format this semester.
NOTE: Financial Peace University has its own registration process. Use the link in the course description under Christian Life Resources
Truth - Beliefs & Doctrine
Epic of Eden: Jonah
Tuesdays, Feb 9 - Apr 6 (no class Mar 16 for Spring Break)
8:00 - 9:00 PM
LEADERS: Jennifer Nussbaum
CLASS SIZE LIMIT: 15 participants
COST: $17 to Purchase your own book, The Epic of Eden: Jonah, by Sandra L. Richter. PURCHASE HERE
Join us as we study the book of Jonah and apply God’s word to our lives. “In The Epic of Eden: Jonah, Dr. Sandra Richter takes us on a journey through Jonah’s life that leads us all to the place where we realize that our God is way bigger than we thought. Not only will we learn everything we ever wanted to know about the brutal Assyrians of Nineveh, ancient seafaring ships, and large aquatic creatures, but we will also be challenged with the same message that confronted Jonah. Are we willing to let God be God, to move us out of our comfort zones, and embrace a calling that might just take us to the edges of the world we know?”
Material: The Epic of Eden: Jonah by Sandra Richter, purchase through seedbed.
An Introduction to the World’s Greatest Archeological Sites in the Near East
Mondays, Jan 25 - Mar 1
6:30 - 8:30 PM
LEADER: Dave Lutz
This course is designed to provide an overview of some of the well-known archeological sites in the Near East, from Mesopotamia, to the Holy Land and to Egypt. The primary lecturer for the course is Dr. Eric Cline, Director of the George Washington University Capitol Archeological Institute. Lectures will be supplemented by Pastor Dave Lutz, based on his own archeological work and study. This truncated course will be restricted to 6 sessions and will cover some basic principles of archaeology., including how to excavate a site and date artifacts. It will examine the early archeology of Mesopotamia, Jericho, Egyptian excavations, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Masada, Megiddo, the Canaanite Palace at Tel Kabri, Petra.
The class is facilitated by Pastor Dave Lutz., who has worked as an archaeologist on several holy land sites (Shechem ad Gezer), taught relevant courses at the college and university levels, has led groups of students and church members on educational tours of the Near East and has taught courses at Bethany for almost 20 years.
* If you are not familiar with Zoom, I will provide an orientation prior to the first class. It is easy to use and anyone can learn how to use regardless of electronic equipment you have - a desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or smart phone. Zoom works with Windows or Mac.
More Information: Dave Lutz, 512-876-3054
Life - Relationship with Jesus
Intro to Grow Groups
Sundays, Jan 17 - Feb 21
7:30 - 8:30 PM
LEADER: Jeff Border
John 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 during the 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 a Grow Group at Bethany, leading you into a new and meaningful dimension of spiritual growth.
The Awakened Life
Mondays, Jan 18 - Feb 15
7:00 - 8:00 PM
LEADER: Cindi Deviney & Pastor Tom Deviney
COST: $10 to Purchase your own book, The Awakened Life by J.D. Walt. PURCHASE HERE
This discussion class will follow along with the sermon series we will be going through in worship during this time. Pastor Tom Deviney and his wife, Cindi, will lead this class using both sermons and the book for discussion material. Following two celebrated awakening passages: chapters 37 and 47 from the prophet Ezekiel, The Awakened Life is an invitation to the people of God to band together and sow for a great awakening. Not a passing revival, or a spiritual renewal, or a refreshing, but a full-scale awakening.
The Way - Living Out the Faith in All of Life
Share Your Faith
Mondays, Feb 22 - Mar 29
7:30 - 8:45 PM
LEADER: Pastor Thomas Johnson
Do you struggle with how to talk about your faith outside of the church? Do you want to share Jesus with people in a way that is not offensive or off-putting? Share Your Faith is a class we have created at Bethany to help people learn how to share Christ with people. Using a number of tools and resources, we will go through the basics of blessing people through building relationships and sharing our lives with others. This class will make you more ready to love people, serve people, pray for people, and share Christ with them in a loving and grace-filled way.
Sundays, Jan 24 - Feb 28 (no class 2/14)
1:30 - 2:30 PM
LEADER: Pastor Wynn Stenftenagel
Pursue resilience in a time of pandemic by learning to cope with stress during this season and beyond. Topics include compassion fatigue, the effects of prolonged stress, relationships and moral injury. Class structure will include four webinars to view in between discussion groups.
ReWYRE: Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends
Kick-off Info Session*
Monday, Jan 25
6:30 - 7:30 PM
*There is no obligation to enroll in class after attending the informational meeting, though attendance at informational meeting is preferred and helpful for enrolling in class.
Mondays, Feb 1 - Mar 29
6:30 - 8:00 PM
LEADERS: Rex D’Avila
+ Participant needs to purchase the Book (4th Edition) & Workbook (2nd Edition) - Available on Amazon
Healing originates from the love that God has for each of us. ReWYRE is an eleven-week series based on Bruce Fischer's book, Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends. It combines prayer, large group presentations, small group sharing, and safe, socially distant gatherings to create a community of growth and trust. All those who are divorced, separated, widowed, or experiencing the loss of a significant love relationship though never married are welcome.
The workshop begins with an informational session that introduces the class and content of the book. You will hear personal testimonies from experienced leaders, learn the “nuts and bolts” of the class, and get a glimpse into the healing that is possible on your journey. Each following weekly session includes a book discussion and time to share our stories with each other for support.
Socials throughout season according to current safe social guidelines
Learn more about ReWYRE.
Financial Peace University
Sundays, Jan 24 - Mar 21
3:00 - 4:30 PM
LEADERS: Tim Heise
This nine-week class focuses on taking control of your money while utilizing videos and written materials by Dave Ramsey. Dave Ramsey’s program walks through the baby steps including having an emergency fund, setting a budget, getting out of debt, saving for the future and giving generously. Financial management is an important part of being a disciple of Jesus Christ. Financial Peace University is a great opportunity for anyone entering a new life stage or someone who wants to be a good steward of the financial resources God has given them. As Dave says, "Live like no one else now so later you can live and give like no one else.” Scholarships are available upon request.
*Contact Pastor Thomas if you need a scholarship for this class.
You must register for this course using this link:
Sunday, Jan 24
4:00 - 5:15 PM
LEADERS: Jenna Heise, MA, National Board Certified Counselor, Texas State Suicide Prevention Coordinator and Team Lead
With the global pandemic and the youth of our country living in a high stress environment with virtual school, lack of community and feelings of isolation, suicide rates are on the rise. Suicide among this population is the second leading cause of death. The statistics are staggering to think about the number of students that contemplate suicide, attempt suicide and have been impacted by suicide. Knowing the signs of suicide and having mental health resources to help students is one way to help prevent this tragedy from happening. Jenna Heise is coming to Bethany via Zoom to share her expertise with parents of students, mentors and teachers that want to know how to recognize the signs of suicide.
Sunday, Jan 24 - Mar 28
4:30 - 5:30 PM
LEADERS: Pastor Wynn Stenfenagel & Debbie McAngus
A weekly seminar/support group for people grieving the death of someone close. Each week there will be a presentation about loss and grief, including a time of sharing and learning. Participants must be at least 18 years of age.
The Savvy Caregiver
Wednesday, Feb 17 - Mar 24
10:00 AM - Noon
LEADERS: Pastor Dave Lutz & Cheryl Goad
CLASS SIZE LIMIT: 15 participants
This six week course is designed to help those who have loved ones with dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s disease. Few family caregivers have received training for the work they do as caregivers. This program has been developed by professionals to help caregivers manage day-to-day life with their loved one who has dementia. It is designed to help the caregiver develop the following skills:
How to take into account the person’s disease-produced losses in the manner in which they interact with their loved one.
How to take their loved one’s disease stage into account in care-giving.
How to help their loved one become and remain involved in daily tasks and activities that allow him/her to be contented throughout the day.
Course is facilitated by Bethany leaders: Dave Lutz, Care Minister Pastor, and Cheryl Goad, Stephen Minister, both of whom have been trained by Caregiver University and have extensive experience working with those having dementia.
For Questions: contact Pastor Dave Lutz, 512-876-3054