Pathway to Maturity Classes (PTM’s)


PTM Classes begin on January 8th, 2017

Are you looking to grow deep in your knowledge of God’s Word? Are you looking to grow in respect to a particular issue or field of study? If so, please consider participating in one of our many 14-week Pathway to Maturity (PTM) Classes. Each class aims to help you by strengthening and sharpening an important area of Christian study and practice.

Please Note: ALL PTM classes meet Sunday evening from 6:00pm to 7:30pm!




CLICK HERE to SIGN-UP for one of the classes listed below!

The following courses are being offered to help each of us to learn to apply God’s Holy Word to critical areas of our lives.  Please contact Pastor O’Brien if you have questions about any of the courses that are being offered OR you may call the church office (984-5552) for further information.  Please note that each class size will be limited to the first 40 persons who sign up for the class.  Conversely, each class with an enrollment of less than eight persons may be cancelled.  It is our prayer that God will be magnified and glorified as you attend these courses and continue on your PATHWAY TO MATURITY!  Please indicate which Pathway to Maturity elective you will be taking this semester by checking the appropriate box, signing your name on the back of this form, at the bottom, and placing it in the offering plate.

Caution: these studies will change your life!

A video series that helps people dump their debt, get control of their money, and learn new behaviors around money that are founded on commitment and accountability.  More than half a million families have attended FPU classes at their church, workplace, military base, local nonprofit organization, community group, or Spanish-speaking institution.  The average family pays off $5,300 in debt and saves $2,700 in the first 91 days after beginning FPU and is completely out of debt, except for the mortgage, in 18 to 24 months.  Recently, one class, from Harbour Shores, eliminated $24,000 of Non-Mortgage Debt, saved $46,500, and went from 31 credit cards to 0 in 14 weeks! You’ll receive a full-color FPU workbook, an audio CD library, a cash management envelope system, a best-selling book, Financial Peace University Revisited, a lifetime membership to FPU, and many helpful tidbits.  The course cost for the church is $50/couple (normally $100/couple). (14 weeks)

GriefShare seminars and support groups are led by people who understand what you are going through and want to help. It may be hard for you to feel optimistic about the future right now. If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, you’ve probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you’ve never faced before. Going to GriefShare feels like having warm arms wrapped around you when you’re shivering.” GriefShare groups meet weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. Each GriefShare session has three distinct elements: Video seminar with experts, support group discussion with focus, and personal study and reflection. During the week you will have the opportunity to use your workbook for further personal study of the grieving process and to help sort out your emotions through journaling. Your group will spend time discussing questions and comments from the workbooks. (14 weeks)

Please join us for this study utilizing Paul Tripp's new book on parenting! We will cover the following 14 principles... 1) CALLING: Nothing is more important in your life than being one of God's tools to form a human soul, 2) GRACE: God never calls you to a task without giving you what you need to do it. He never sends you without going with you, 3) LAW: Your children need God's law, but you cannot ask the law to do what only grace can accomplish, 4) INABILITY: Recognizing what you are unable to do is essential to good parenting, 5) IDENTITY: If you are not resting as a parent in your identity in Christ, you will look for identity in your children, 6) PROCESS: You must be committed as a parent to long-view parenting because change is a process and not an event. 7) LOST: As a parent you're not dealing with bad behavior, but a condition that causes bad behavior, 8) AUTHORITY: One of the foundational heart issues in the life of every child is authority. Teaching and modeling the protective beauty of authority is one of the foundations of good parenting, 9) FOOLISHNESS: The foolishness inside your children is more dangerous to them than the temptation outside of them. Only God's grace has the power to rescue fools, 10) CHARACTER: Not all of the wrong your children do is a direct rebellion to authority; much of the wrong is the result of a lack of character, 11) FALSE GODS: You are parenting a worshiper, so it's important to remember that what rules your child's heart will control his behavior, 12) CONTROL: The goal of parenting is not control of behavior, but rather heart and life change, 13) REST: It is only rest in God's presence and grace that will make you a joyful and patient parent, and 14) MERCY: No parent gives mercy better than one who is convinced that he desperately needs it himself. (14 weeks)

"Christians are to have “a reason for the hope (certainty) that is in you” 1 Peter 3:15.  Since Darwin’s Origins, “science” has undergone an evolution of its own in order to accommodate the shifting sands of speculation and unbelief, culminating in denying a six-day creation.  This assault requires both theological and scientific responses.  The  Science & Faith PTM will integrate into each session the disciplines of true science and the exercise of Biblical faith, as we explore the suppositions of “modern” science; testing both valid and spurious claims in order to derive scientific and theological reasons for our hope." (14 weeks)

Are you sometimes perplexed with Jesus’s teaching? Do you really want what he wants? Bestselling author Kyle Idleman reveals that the key to the abundant life Jesus promised lies in embracing His inside-out way of life.  As he examines Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount, Kyle unpacks the many counter-intuitive truths, including: brokenness is the way to wholeness, mourning is the path to blessing, and emptiness is required in order to know true fullness. Ultimately you will discover how Jesus transforms you as you begin to live out these paradoxical principles. Because only when you come to the end of yourself can you begin to experience the full, blessed, and whole life Jesus offers. (14 weeks)