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At Marion Methodist, we are always growing on our path towards Discipleship  Check out these exciting Adult Discipleship opportunities at Marion Methodist.

Description of “Disciple”

A “disciple” is a person who through faith in Jesus Christ believes the gospel and seeks to center their life on the teachings of Jesus. A disciple is obedient to the scriptures, has a vibrant prayer life, attends worship regularly, practices personal evangelism, loves their neighbor as themselves and lives a generous life. A disciple cares about the needs of all people in the world and seeks to be the hands and feet of Christ as part of God’s transforming plan for the world. A Disciple is a person growing in grace and in the knowledge of God. A disciple is quick to forgive; quick to repent, and practices gospel centered hospitality and humility.

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For more information email Jen Digmann at jdigmann@marionmethodist.org

Adult Discipleship Opportunities for the Discipleship Pathway

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exploring

Exploring - People who have attended church at least one time to see what church is like

Newcomer Orientation  

An informal gathering for those interested in learning basic information about our church. Every 3rd Sunday at 9:15 AM in the Adminstrative Office at the Church.

Spiritual Assessment

A tool used to help individuals identify their stage in the Discipleship Pathway. Click here to complete the assessment.

Guide/Coach

Connect with a person trained to help you identify ways to grow in your personal discipleship. Contact Jen Digmann at jdigmann@marionmethodist.org or 377-4856 to receive a coach.

 engaging

MEETING THE SPIRIT ~ Sundays at 9:20AM in Room W10 ~ Lead by Gregg and Becky Tallman

Since the first century Christians have recognized the Spirit as a member of the Trinity- God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The fact that the Spirit is God opens up all kinds of wonderful  possibilities for us. As we come to develop a a personal relationship with the Spirit, we are developing a relationship with God. Most of us can relate to Jesus, and know how to interact with God the Father. This study will help us to know what it means to walk in the realm of the Spirit.

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between Engaging,  Deepening, or Centered on the Discipleship pathway.

THE BEST YES ~ Sundays at 9:20AM in Room W40 ~  Lead by Val Lawrence 

In The Best Yes, let Lysa TerKeurst help you discern the option that shapes all your other choices. Having trouble deciding which situations deserve a "yay" and which a "nay?" Are you living with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule and aching with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul? Offering Scripture-laced insights on effective decision-making, she encourages you to be honest, imaginative, focused, trusting, and humble as you discover the role God most wants you to play.

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between EngagingDeepening, or Centered on the Discipleship pathway.

The Blessing: Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance ~  Wednesdays at 6:30PM in Room W20 ~ Led by Marty Schuhmacher

Children of every age long for the gift of “the blessing” — the unconditional love and approval that come from a healthy relationship with their parents. This life-changing gift, essential for instilling a deep sense of self-worth and unshakable emotional well-being, contains five essential elements: meaningful touch, a spoken message, attaching high value, picturing a special future, and an active commitment. The Blessing powerfully communicates these biblically based elements as necessary to prepare children for positive future relationships, including their relationship with a loving God.

But what if we’ve missed out on the blessing in our own lives? The book includes hope for “reversing the curse” and helps readers find blessing in situations of divorce, death, desertion, adoption, and blended families. Marty Schuhmacher, a retired United Methodist pastor, will bring you through this journey of family dynamics and relationships.

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between EngagingDeepening, or Centered on the Discipleship pathway.

BASIC BIBLE ~  Wednesdays at 6:30PM in Room W50 ~  Lead by Pastor Mike Morgan 

Designed for beginners to the Bible, who have likely never taken a Bible study.

This course will begin with Genesis, move to Exodus and then on to Matthew and John and THEN start over. You are invited to get on and stay on for the whole ride, join at any time and or move to a class at the next level at any time.

This Bible study is designed for someone who is Engaging on the Discipleship pathway. 

PRAYER, THE GREAT ADVENTURE ~ Wednesdays at 6:30PM in Room W10 ~   Lead by Judy Schnittjer 

Prayer, the Great Adventure gently encourages us to take the first steps toward fostering a rewarding relationship with God. Drawing from his prayer journals and decades of work, Dr. Jeremiah shares his experiences - blessings, struggles, and insights. Find answers to the questions, “How can I find time to pray when I’m so busy?” Discover the detailed roadmap for prayer that Jesus gave us — The Lord’s Prayer. Read reflections from Dr. Jeremiah’s personal journal on his prayer journey 
Get ready to embark on the most satisfying of trips, the great adventure of prayer.

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between EngagingDeepening, or Centered on the Discipleship pathway.

CONGREGATIONAL CARE MINISTRY ~ Wednesdays at 6:30 PM in Room W40 ~ Led by Vicki Standley 

We have established a Care Ministry team to help serve our church and congregation. During this time, we have ongoing training for this ministry group. We are excited for this ministry to grow and you are welcome to join us at any time. Please contact Vicki Standley at (319) 377-4856 or email her at vstandley@MarionMethodist.org.

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between EngagingDeepening, or Centered on the Discipleship pathway.

 THE COOKIES ON THE LOWER SHELF ~ Thursdays evenings at 6:00-7:30PM OR Friday mornings 9:30-11:00AM ~ Lower Level Carnegie Building at 1277 7th Avenue ~ Lead by Tina Southard 

Journey through the entire Bible in just 30 weeks - 10 weeks at a time! With a study format  designed to flex to the needs of each student, "Cookies on the Lower Shelf Part I" provides a step-by-step guide beginning with God's beautiful creation in Genesis to the rabble-rousing days of the Judges of Israel. Meet Adam and Eve, weather the flood with Noah, and sojourn with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Go from the land of Canaan into Egypt with Joseph, then back out again as Moses and the children of Israel travel to the Promised Land. See tremendous victories under Joshua and chilling defeats during the time of the Judges.

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between Engaging Deepening, or Centered on the Discipleship pathway.

  New Member Class - Sunday October 28, 2018

Our Next New Member class will be offered on Sunday 10/28/2018. For more information please contact Karen Schmitz at Kschmitz@marionmethodist.org. This class is designed for someone who is Engaging on the Discipleship pathway.

deepening

MEETING THE SPIRIT ~ Sundays at 9:20AM in Room W10 ~ Lead by Gregg and Becky Tallman

Since the first century Christians have recognized the Spirit as a member of the Trinity- God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The fact that the Spirit is God opens up all kinds of wonderful  possibilities for us. As we come to develop a a personal relationship with the Spirit, we are developing a relationship with God. Most of us can relate to Jesus, and know how to interact with God the Father. This study will help us to know what it means to walk in the realm of the Spirit.

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between Engaging,  Deepening, or Centered on the Discipleship pathway.

DISCIPLE III (PART 2) ~ Sundays at 9:20AM in Room W20 ~ Lead by Gene Gerber

Disciple III Remember Who You Are is the third study in the four-phase DISCIPLE program. The driving idea in this study is the connection between memory and identity as the people of God. The word You in the title is meant to be heard both in its singular form (the individual) and its plural form (the community). We are a community of memory. We will study in the New Testament and read the thirteen Letters traditionally attributed to Paul

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between  Deepening or Centered on the Discipleship pathway.

 OLD TESTAMENT HISTORY ~ Sundays at 9:20AM in Room W50 ~ Lead by Virginia Jensen 

This year's class will begin with the Book of Ezra.  We plan on finishing the History Books of the Bible and start our study of the Prophets. The Old Testament is divided into two periods: 

1. Creation to Abraham

2. Abraham to the birth of Jesus.

During this second period, God deals primarily with the family of Abraham, everyone else is only mentioned when they intersect and interact with God's Chosen People.

 This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between Deepening or Centered on the Discipleship pathway.

THE BEST YES ~ Sundays at 9:20AM in Room W40 ~  Lead by Val Lawrence 

In The Best Yes, let Lysa TerKeurst help you discern the option that shapes all your other choices. Having trouble deciding which situations deserve a "yay" and which a "nay?" Are you living with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule and aching with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul? Offering Scripture-laced insights on effective decision-making, she encourages you to be honest, imaginative, focused, trusting, and humble as you discover the role God most wants you to play.

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between Engaging,  Deepening, or Centered on the Discipleship pathway.

The Blessing: Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance ~  Wednesdays at 6:30PM in Room W20 ~ Led by Marty Schuhmacher

Children of every age long for the gift of “the blessing” — the unconditional love and approval that come from a healthy relationship with their parents. This life-changing gift, essential for instilling a deep sense of self-worth and unshakable emotional well-being, contains five essential elements: meaningful touch, a spoken message, attaching high value, picturing a special future, and an active commitment. The Blessing powerfully communicates these biblically based elements as necessary to prepare children for positive future relationships, including their relationship with a loving God.

But what if we’ve missed out on the blessing in our own lives? The book includes hope for “reversing the curse” and helps readers find blessing in situations of divorce, death, desertion, adoption, and blended families. Marty Schuhmacher, a retired United Methodist pastor, will bring you through this journey of family dynamics and relationships.

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between Engaging,  Deepening, or Centered on the Discipleship pathway.

PRAYER, THE GREAT ADVENTURE ~ Wednesdays at 6:30PM in Room W10 ~   Lead by Judy Schnittjer     

Prayer, the Great Adventure gently encourages us to take the first steps toward fostering a rewarding relationship with God. Drawing from his prayer journals and decades of work, Dr. Jeremiah shares his experiences - blessings, struggles, and insights. Find answers to the questions, “How can I find time to pray when I’m so busy?” Discover the detailed roadmap for prayer that Jesus gave us — The Lord’s Prayer. Read reflections from Dr. Jeremiah’s personal journal on his prayer journey 
Get ready to embark on the most satisfying of trips, the great adventure of prayer.

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between Engaging,  Deepening, or Centered on the Discipleship pathway.

CONGREGATIONAL CARE MINISTRY ~ Wednesdays at 6:30 PM ~ Led by Vicki Standley

We have established a Care Ministry team to help serve our church and congregation. During this time, we have ongoing training for this ministry group. We are excited for this ministry to grow and you are welcome to join us at any time. Please contact Vicki Standley at (319) 377-4856 or email her at vstandley@MarionMethodist.org.

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between Engaging,  Deepening, or Centered on the Discipleship pathway.

DISCIPLE II FAST TRACK—INTO THE WORD, INTO THE WORLD ~ Thursdays at 6:30PM in Room W30 ~   Lead by Judy Schnittjer and Mike Richmond 

Into the Word helps readers deepen their understanding of Scripture and make connections between what they already know and what they are reading. Each week you will encounter three spiritual disciplines, learn what they are, and how you can engage those disciplines. The first   discipline varies from week to week, then moves into Sabbath and prayer. Into the World identifies some needs in the world for which ministry is needed and suggests possible responses, then invites participants to summarize the scripture message that will shape their ministry and to    decide what response and commitment to make to that message. Each week you will be guided in experiencing the gift of Sabbath rest and renewal.

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between Deepening and Centered on the Discipleship pathway. 

 THE COOKIES ON THE LOWER SHELF ~ Thursdays evenings at 6:00-7:30PM OR Friday mornings 9:30-11:00AM ~ Lower Level Carnegie Building at 1277 7th Avenue ~ Lead by Tina Southard 

Journey through the entire Bible in just 30 weeks - 10 weeks at a time! With a study format  designed to flex to the needs of each student, "Cookies on the Lower Shelf Part I" provides a step-by-step guide beginning with God's beautiful creation in Genesis to the rabble-rousing days of the Judges of Israel. Meet Adam and Eve, weather the flood with Noah, and sojourn with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Go from the land of Canaan into Egypt with Joseph, then back out again as Moses and the children of Israel travel to the Promised Land. See tremendous victories under Joshua and chilling defeats during the time of the Judges.

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between Engaging Deepening, or Centered on the Discipleship pathway.

 centered

MEETING THE SPIRIT ~ Sundays at 9:20AM in Room W10 ~ Lead by Gregg and Becky Tallman 

Since the first century Christians have recognized the Spirit as a member of the Trinity- God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The fact that the Spirit is God opens up all kinds of wonderful  possibilities for us. As we come to develop a a personal relationship with the Spirit, we are developing a relationship with God. Most of us can relate to Jesus, and know how to interact with God the Father. This study will help us to know what it means to walk in the realm of the Spirit.

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between Engaging,  Deepening, or Centered on the Discipleship pathway.

DISCIPLE III (PART 2) ~ Sundays at 9:20AM in Room W20 ~ Lead by Gene Gerber

Disciple III Remember Who You Are is the third study in the four-phase DISCIPLE program. The driving idea in this study is the connection between memory and identity as the people of God. The word You in the title is meant to be heard both in its singular form (the individual) and its plural form (the community). We are a community of memory. We will study in the New Testament and read the thirteen Letters traditionally attributed to Paul

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between  Deepening or Centered on the Discipleship pathway.

OLD TESTAMENT HISTORY ~ Sundays at 9:20AM in Room W50 ~ Lead by Virginia Jensen 

This year's class will begin with the Book of Ezra.  We plan on finishing the History Books of the Bible and start our study of the Prophets. The Old Testament is divided into two periods: 

1. Creation to Abraham

2. Abraham to the birth of Jesus.

During this second period, God deals primarily with the family of Abraham, everyone else is only mentioned when they intersect and interact with God's Chosen People.

 This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between Deepening or Centered on the Discipleship pathway.

THE BEST YES ~ Sundays at 9:20AM in Room W40 ~  Lead by Val Lawrence

In The Best Yes, let Lysa TerKeurst help you discern the option that shapes all your other choices. Having trouble deciding which situations deserve a "yay" and which a "nay?" Are you living with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule and aching with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul? Offering Scripture-laced insights on effective decision-making, she encourages you to be honest, imaginative, focused, trusting, and humble as you discover the role God most wants you to play.

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between Engaging,  Deepening, or Centered on the Discipleship pathway.

The Blessing: Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance ~  Wednesdays at 6:30PM in Room W20 ~ Led by Marty Schuhmacher

Children of every age long for the gift of “the blessing” — the unconditional love and approval that come from a healthy relationship with their parents. This life-changing gift, essential for instilling a deep sense of self-worth and unshakable emotional well-being, contains five essential elements: meaningful touch, a spoken message, attaching high value, picturing a special future, and an active commitment. The Blessing powerfully communicates these biblically based elements as necessary to prepare children for positive future relationships, including their relationship with a loving God.

But what if we’ve missed out on the blessing in our own lives? The book includes hope for “reversing the curse” and helps readers find blessing in situations of divorce, death, desertion, adoption, and blended families. Marty Schuhmacher, a retired United Methodist pastor, will bring you through this journey of family dynamics and relationships.

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between Engaging,  Deepening, or Centered on the Discipleship pathway.

PRAYER, THE GREAT ADVENTURE ~ Wednesdays at 6:30PM in Room W10 ~   Lead by Judy Schnittjer     

Prayer, the Great Adventure gently encourages us to take the first steps toward fostering a rewarding relationship with God. Drawing from his prayer journals and decades of work, Dr. Jeremiah shares his experiences - blessings, struggles, and insights. Find answers to the questions, “How can I find time to pray when I’m so busy?” Discover the detailed roadmap for prayer that Jesus gave us — The Lord’s Prayer. Read reflections from Dr. Jeremiah’s personal journal on his prayer journey 
Get ready to embark on the most satisfying of trips, the great adventure of prayer.

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between Engaging,  Deepening, or Centered on the Discipleship pathway.

CONGREGATIONAL CARE MINISTRY ~ Wednesdays at 6:30 PM in Room  W40 ~ Led by Vicki Standley 

We have established a Care Ministry team to help serve our church and congregation. During this time, we have ongoing training for this ministry group. We are excited for this ministry to grow and you are welcome to join us at any time. Please contact Vicki Standley at (319) 377-4856 or email her at vstandley@MarionMethodist.org.

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between Engaging,  Deepening, or Centered on the Discipleship pathway.

DISCIPLE II FAST TRACK—INTO THE WORD, INTO THE WORLD ~ Thursdays at 6:30PM in Room W30 ~   Lead by Judy Schnittjer and Mike Richmond  

Into the Word helps readers deepen their understanding of Scripture and make connections between what they already know and what they are reading. Each week you will encounter three spiritual disciplines, learn what they are, and how you can engage those disciplines. The first   discipline varies from week to week, then moves into Sabbath and prayer. Into the World identifies some needs in the world for which ministry is needed and suggests possible responses, then invites participants to summarize the scripture message that will shape their ministry and to    decide what response and commitment to make to that message. Each week you will be guided in experiencing the gift of Sabbath rest and renewal.

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between Deepening and Centered on the Discipleship pathway. 

 THE COOKIES ON THE LOWER SHELF ~ Thursdays evenings at 6:00-7:30PM OR Friday mornings 9:30-11:00AM ~ Lower Level Carnegie Building at 1277 7th Avenue ~ Lead by Tina Southard 

Journey through the entire Bible in just 30 weeks - 10 weeks at a time! With a study format  designed to flex to the needs of each student, "Cookies on the Lower Shelf Part I" provides a step-by-step guide beginning with God's beautiful creation in Genesis to the rabble-rousing days of the Judges of Israel. Meet Adam and Eve, weather the flood with Noah, and sojourn with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Go from the land of Canaan into Egypt with Joseph, then back out again as Moses and the children of Israel travel to the Promised Land. See tremendous victories under Joshua and chilling defeats during the time of the Judges.

This Bible study is designed for someone who is anywhere between Engaging Deepening, or Centered on the Discipleship pathway.

People who have answered the call of spiritual leadership in the church

Adult Education leader

These people are the driving force behind the discipleship ministry as they lead and teach the various courses and gatherings. If you are feeling called to become a leader, please contact Jen Digmann at jdigmann@marionmethodist.org to schedule an interview.

Discipleship coach

For persons willing to serve in a personal  leadership role in the discipleship of others. Please contact Jen Digmann at jdigmann@marionmethodist.org to schedule an appointment.

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