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Shiner First United Methodist Church

The Saints Academy

We’re excited to announce the launch of our newest discipleship emphasis: The Saints Academy. The Saints Academy is designed to equip Christ followers with the teaching and training needed to engage their faith more fully, to live out their passion for the Lord and walk humbly with their God (Micah 6:8). While the academy takes the shape of a typical class setting, its true form is group-oriented conversation and participation.
The vision of our church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Discipleship is not passive and it is not stagnant. It involves obedience, commitment and action. The Saints Academy offers a range of courses thoughtfully prepared so that each saint’s discipleship is encouraged and challenged.
Whether you have followed God all your life or are new to the faith, we are certain your involvement in The Saints Academy will benefit you and God’s church.
We are offering three courses each term. Each course meets monthly. You can join as many of the courses as you would like. The dates for the upcoming courses are provided below, along with a description of each.
How to Study the Bible

Course Info: The Bible is the standard for Christian formation. For many Christians, though, making sense of the Bible is a difficult, if not daunting task. Participants will discover ways to overcome that difficulty, learn how to allow Bible study to lead to spiritual growth and become comfortable with reading through and meditating upon scripture.

Course Dates: January 18; February 15, March 15, April 12, May 3

Cultivating a Life of Prayer

Course Info: Prayer is an underutilized gift of God. Jesus’ own disciples recognized their need to know how to pray more effectively (Luke 11:1-13). Participants will explore biblical ideas and church traditions of prayer and learn how to form prayer routines so that prayer becomes an influential component of their own discipleship.

Course Dates: January 25, February 22, March 22, April 19, May 17

Basic Christian Beliefs

Course Info: Participants in this course will examine the core beliefs of the Christian faith. The course also offers an introduction to Christian theology so that participants learn how their understanding of God shapes their beliefs and way of life.

Course Dates: February 1, March 1, March 29, April 26, May 24

The Saints Academy stands as an ongoing effort to engage spiritual dialogue, learning and commitment. Contact our office when you are ready to begin growing with us. Please let us know if there are certain accommodations that will help you (I.E childcare, large print, audio recordings, etc). Finally, we are hoping to include an online version of our courses. Let us know how that would work best for you.

Upcoming Courses: Ethics for Ordinary Christians; The Mission of the Church; Spiritual Gifts for All God’s People

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