Adult DISCIPLESHIP Classes

The Know Ministry Team and the Adult Discipleship Planning Team plan a variety of discipleship opportunities for ARC adults (post-high school on up). Through a broad spectrum of classes, Bible studies, and conversation groups, adults at ARC are invited to know God and to know each other in community. Most adult discipleship opportunities are offered after worship on Sundays from September through April.


HERE ARE OUR DISCIPLESHIP OFFERINGS FOR SPRING 2021:

A new session begins on March 14! If you are interested in signing up for one or more of the class offerings described below, please contact Carrie Truesdell in the church office at americanchurchoc@gmail.com or 712-737-4430.

LESSONS FROM JOB IN PERILOUS TIMES

Facilitator: Kevin Huyser
Meeting via Zoom at 11 to 11:45 a.m. Sundays (March 14-April 25, excluding Easter, April 4)

For many, the past year has heightened the knowledge and/or fear that all is not right with the world; we are living in perilous times. With questions regarding suffering and justice arising anew, we will look to the ancient Book of Job — the dialogue of Job, his friends, and God — for greater understanding and lessons to apply as we grapple with suffering and justice in our times.  

FAITH AFTER DOUBT

Facilitator: Sara Tolsma
Meeting via Zoom at 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. Sundays (March 14-May 2)

Do you have questions or doubts about faith? Or do you know and love people who do? You are not alone. In Brian McLaren’s new book, Faith After Doubt: Why Your Beliefs Stopped Working and What to Do About It, McLaren argues that only doubt can save the world and your faith. Pick up this book (https://www.amazon.com/Faith-After-Doubt-Beliefs-Stopped/dp/1250262771/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2NZWH2SEVLSJS&dchild=1&keywords=faith+after+doubt+brian+mclaren&qid=1613932616&sprefix=faith+af%2Caps%2C215&sr=8-1) and join us to discuss its provocative ideas.

CONVERSATIONS FROM HOME

Facilitator: Jared Kaltwasser
Meeting via Zoom at 2 to 2:45 p.m. Sundays (March 14-May 3)

Staying at home can get very lonely. This unique course offering will enable ARC members to simply talk to one another on Zoom, with no agenda other than building community and sharing what is on your mind.

SMARTPHONE FELLOWSHIP

Facilitator: Jared Kaltwasser
Meeting Times: As described below, participation in this class will be tailored to the availability of attendees. Jared will contact those who sign up with further instructions.

Finding community can be challenging when our lives are socially distant yet our schedules remain jam-packed. In this first-of-its-kind offering, members of the ARC community are invited to join together for asynchronous fellowship — small-group conversation that can take place whenever it's convenient for each participant. Those who sign up will be placed into a small affinity group. The goal of this offering is merely to provide an opportunity for fellowship and connection with others during this stressful time. Group members will converse via smartphone apps such as Marco Polo (video messaging) or Voxer (audio messaging). Using these apps, group members will have conversations that unfold over time, with members responding to one another as their schedules permit. The result will be an ongoing conversation that empowers church members to have community fellowship even if their schedules do not allow all group members to be together at once.