About Discipleship Academy
A Bible study program of Custer Road United Methodist Church, Discipleship Academy provides opportunities for adults of all ages, stages and interests, members and visitors alike, to learn and share in a small group setting. If you are a new believer, have a desire to grow deeper in your walk with God, or consider yourself a scholar of his Word, Custer Road Discipleship Academy is for you.
A “disciple” of Christ believes in and follows him. We are called to be his disciples; to hold on to his teachings and put him first in all we do. In John 5:15 Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” Faith is defined by believing and trusting in Christ and his teachings, and our faith grows by studying God’s word. Discipleship Academy stands on the knowledge that such study is vital for us to be effective Christians in our daily lives. This is made evident by Romans 10:17, “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.”
Discipleship Academy courses are offered during the daytime and evening throughout the week to accommodate even the busiest of schedules. Short- (six week) and long-term (30-34 week) classes are offered during both fall and spring seasons. A mix of classes is offered during the summer months as well. Some curricula require daily reading and preparation for weekly discussion, while others call for light reading and preparation.
Some Discipleship Academy courses are free and others require a small cost to cover course workbooks and materials. Scholarships are available. Monetary considerations should never hinder anyone from studying God’s Word in a small group.
Child care is provided for some studies with a minimum of four days advance reservation.
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6
Contact Aimee Mant with questions about classes or to register.
New Bible Studies!
Forgiveness: Finding Peace Through Letting Go
Sundays, starting June 3, 9:45 a.m. room 109 - United Methodist minister and author Adam Hamilton equates the need to forgive and be forgiven with carrying a backpack filled with rocks. Over time the tiny pebbles and giant boulders weigh us down and break more than our spirit. Family Foundations Sunday school class, a group of parents (singles and couples) 0f mostly college students and young adults, invites others to join them for four weeks beginning May 26 for Hamilton’s study, The video series, led by class members, shows how to receive freedom that comes with forgiving – even when the person needing forgiveness is oneself. Contact Aimee Mant.
Namesake: When God Rewrites Your Story. Mondays at 11 a.m., 7 weeks, starts June 3, $12. Every name tells a story. Names in Scripture were often given to tell the story of a person's identity, upbringing or character. When God transforms lives, He often brings more than we bargained for: new identities, new journeys, even new names. Namesake explores the transformational power of God through the stories of biblical characters who met God and whose lives and names were changed forever. Click here to register
Paul's 4 Letters to the Corinthians - Rev. Richard Wilson leads this 5-week class studying First and Second Corinthians, exploring the four different letters that Paul wrote to the church of Corinth, and what the letters say to us today. Class begins May 21 at 7 p.m. in room B6. Click here to register.
Sisters Bible Study for Women Finding Balance: Loving God with Heart and Soul, Mind and Strength. In this six-week Sisters study, author Becca Stevens will help you consider the question of balance in your life --between service and worship, duty and devotion, doing and being. She does this by examining the narratives of New Testament Women such as Mary and Martha, Lydia, Mary the mother of Jesus, the Canaanite woman and Mary Magdalene. Ellen Kilgore leads this class which begins on May 13 in room 204, cost $10.00. Click here to register.
Friday Morning Men’s Study
The Men God Uses
Men are being touched by God all over our country, and men who have encountered God need to understand what He is doing in their lives and what their lives can mean when turned over to God. Join this group of men for study and fellowship throughout the year. Mondays, 7-8 p.m. and Fridays, 6:30 - 8 a.m., in room. 109/111. Dennis Allan (Monday) and Mike McLeland (Friday) lead. No cost. Register here.
Get energized doing exercise while listening to positive, upbeat Christian music. There are a variety of different types of exercise such as step, water aerobics and various stretching. Mondays and Thursdays, 9:15-10:45 a.m., Room B18. Free. Sarah Ostermiller leads.