Adult Education

A Community of Faith in the Jupiter, Tequesta and Hobe Sound Area

561-746-4674

www.goodsheponline.org

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd

"We Have A Place For You."

Jesus meant for us to understand our faith and our God, and we want to continue that emphasis here at Good Shepherd.  Therefore, we offer several different types of adult education opportunities for those who would like to learn more about their faith.  We offer Education for Ministry (EfM), plus a variety of DVD courses such as Comparative Religion, Living the Questions, or History of the Church, coupled with a variety of short courses taught by knowledgeable individuals.  We also have a Lenten Study program which varies each year, along with two one-day retreat opportunities or "Quiet Days".  


Education for Ministry (EfM) - EfM's goal is to reach people who are hungry for theological education.  EfM, based upon the core curriculum of one of our Episcopal seminaries, provides a comprehensive, experiential education in the foundations and message of our Christian faith.  It is for lay people who want to contunue their spiritual formation; it teaches them how to think theologically and deepens their faith and understanding of their Christian heritage.  EfM meets in small groups for two academic semesters each year.


Adult Inquirers' Class- Once a year, the Bishop comes to Good Shepherd to confirm or receive all those who are properly prepared to join the episcopal church.  The Adult Inquirers' Class prepares adults for either confirmation or reception at that time.  This is a brief course on the history, faith and worship of the episcopal Church.  It is required for those wishing to be confirmed in the episcopal Church.  It can also be taken by any person wanting to know more about the episcopal faith and tradition.  


Wednesday Bible Study with the Rector - This morning Bible study explores Holy Scripture and the tradition of the Church through discussion and presentation.  It enriches our Christian experience by using the wealth of sources found in the bible.  We take turns reading the passages and then discussing them, including their history, geography and theological interpretations through the ages.


Episcopal 101-   Are you new to the Episcopal tradition?  Or even new to the Christian tradition? Then episcopal 101 might be just right for you.  This course is taught each fall and spring on three consecutive Sundays.  Its purpose is to give a brief overview of our tradition and history, plus information about Good Shepherd (and a tour of the facilities as well).  Everyone is welcome to attend, whether you are a Newcomer or a long-time member, if you have some questions or want to learn a bit more. 


Parish Library - The Parish Library provides resources for parish members who seek a greater knowledge of religion and our Episcopal faith.  It also provides reading for entertainment as well as enlightenment.  The library contains books that cover spiritual, historical and a wide variety of contemporary subjects (and novels).  Books from some sections may be checked out.  Instructions are listed in the library.  The library is open on Sunday mornings and during weekly office hours unless there is a meeting in progress.

Call ahead if coming over during the week (746-4674).