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.
Spring 2020 Courses:
Truth - Beliefs & Doctrine
Lives of Great [Early] Christians
Mondays, Jan 27 - Mar 16
6:30 - 8:30 PM
LEADERS: Dave Lutz
Half-hour Lectures by Prof. William R. Cook; Discussion led by Pastor Dave Lutz. This eight-week course focuses on great practitioners of the Christian life. It will examine the lives of early Christians and implications for us today. The course will show that there is no such thing as the model of the Christian life, although all Christians seek to live a life modeled by Jesus during his earthly ministry. We will examine the Christian life from many perspectives and see how people in radically different political and social circumstances have tried to use their strengths and address their weaknesses in light of the gospel life. We will learn about individuals such as Paul, the early martyrs, the first monk, the desert faithful, St. Augustine, St. Patrick, and St. Benedict.
Sundays, Feb 9 - Mar 31
6:30 - 8:00 PM
LEADER: Jeff Border
COST: $25 (book and/or study guide)
In this eight-session video group study you will discover why Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis is one of the most read and beloved Christian books of all time. But seventy years after it was first delivered on radio, what relevance does it have to our world today? Host Eric Metaxas and a variety of Christian leaders−including Philip Yancey, Alister McGrath, Devin Brown, Paul McCusker, Douglas Gresham, and others−help us understand the timeless message of C. S. Lewis in fresh ways for a new generation.
The first purpose of this video study is to explore the positive ideas that C.S. Lewis has so eloquently written about in Mere Christianity for those who already call themselves Christian. The second purpose is to explain in an engaging, winsome and non-threatening way the basic tenets of the Christian faith as illustrated by C.S. Lewis to those who do not claim to be Christian. This study aims to fulfill the vision of C.S. Lewis of reaching people from all faith backgrounds
Life - Relationship with Jesus
Intro to Grow Groups
Sundays, Feb 9 - Mar 8
4:00 - 5:30 PM
LEADER: Anita Bradberry
COST: $15 (book and/or study guide)
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.
Emotionally Healthy Spirituality
Sundays, Feb 9 - Mar 29
4:00 - 5:30 PM
LEADER: Thomas Johnson
COST: $30 (book and/or study guide)
This study will focus on the biblical integration of emotional health, a relationship with Jesus, and contemplative spiritual practices. We will look at seven biblical principles of emotionally healthy spirituality that lead to beneath-the-surface transformation. The materials will include a book, workbook, and daily devotional that will all be used during the duration of this course. This class is sure to challenge and encourage anyone to take a deeper look beneath the surface of their life and continue growing in a relationship with Jesus. As Peter Scazzero says: “You can’t be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature.”
The Way - Living Out the Faith in All of Life
Freedom of Simplicity
Thursdays, Feb 20 - Mar 12
6:00 - 7:30 PM
LEADER: Kim Brooks
COST: $15 (book and/or study guide)
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.
Micro Lending to the Poor
Sundays, Feb 16 - Mar 1
1:30 - 2:30 PM
LEADER: David Holloway
COST: $15 (for in-class project)
In this class we will learn about micro-lending as a means to enable motivated, yet poor, individuals to lift themselves out of poverty. Many times the poor possess the drive to become entrepreneurs, but lack the start-up resources to start a small business that help both their community and help pull themselves out of poverty. We will work first to understand Kiva, a micro-lending organization that connects and enables individuals in developed countries such as the United States to make loans to poor but very willing entrepreneurs in developing countries, such as those in Africa. Students and alumni of this class will then initiate several online Kiva loans, using the pooled materials fee from this course.
Christian Life Resources
The Path Between Us: An Enneagram Journey to Healthy Relationships
Sundays, Feb 2 - Mar 8
12:30 - 2:00 PM
LEADERS: Sheri Clifton & Holly King
COST: $25 (book and/or study guide)
The Path Between Us explores our relationships with one another through the lens of the enneagram. Looking at what we want, what we fear, and what we offer unique to our enneagram numbers gives us insight into how we can develop loving, mature, and compassionate relationships. Please note: this is NOT an intro class for the enneagram. Make sure you have an established familiarity with the enneagram before taking this class.
ReWYRE: Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends
Kick-off Info Session*
Sunday, Jan 26
5:30 - 7:00 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.
Classes (Dinner included)*
Sundays, Feb 2 - Apr 5
5:30 - 8:00 PM
LEADERS: Erin Temple and Rex D’Avila
COST: $100 (includes all resource materials)
10-week class about growing and discovering God’s love in new ways after the end of a love relationship based on Bruce Fischer's book, Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends. Learn more about ReWYRE.
* Free Childcare by reservation. Email, Erin Temple to reserve.
Wednesdays, Feb 5 - Mar 11
10:00 - Noon
St. Thomas More, 10205 N. FM 620
LEADERS: Dave Lutz & Cheryl Goad
CLASS SIZE LIMIT: 15 participants
This is a free course for caregivers will be offered at St. Thomas More, 10205 N FM 620, Austin, in partnership with Bethany UMC. It 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 successfully 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 caregiving.
- 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.
The course is co-taught by Dave Lutz, Bethany Care Ministry Pastor, and Cheryl Goad, Stephen Minister, both of whom have been trained by Caregiver University and have extensive experience working with those having dementia. Because of the interactive nature of this course, participation will be limited to a maximum of 15 individuals.
Financial Peace University
Sundays, Jan 26 - Mar 22
4:00 - 6:00 PM
LEADERS: Nikki Stromp and Tim Heisse
COST: $99 (book and/or study guide)
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.