Adult ministries are part of our core programming at Berean, since we seek to "present every person complete in Christ." (Ephesians 4:7-16) We believe that as adults grow in their relationships with God and one another, they will be empowered to live for Christ and to raise their children in the training and instruction of the Lord.
The Berean Series is a sequence of classes that introduces newer attenders to our beliefs and practices based on the Word of God. As an attender, you will learn about our church, beliefs, church membership, and opportunities to grow and serve. It is offered twice a year, usually during the first hour. The classes are listed below in order:
Berean 101: Introduction to Berean Community Church
Berean 102: Getting connected to Berean Community (you will be offered an opportunity to become a member of BCC at the end of this class)
Berean 201: Committed to Maturity in Christ
Berean 202: The Exchanged Life
Berean 301-304: This series helps you discover your spiritual gifts and shows you how to use them to expand God's kingdom.
Berean 401: Experiencing Jesus Christ as your life and ministry.
If you have questions about the Berean Series, feel free to contact Jim Kluth, director of adult enrichment, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at 507-289-4179.
Our mission as a church to to develop devoted, joyful disciple makers of Jesus Christ. To that end, we offer many opportunities for spiritual growth where ever you may find yourself in your journey with Jesus Christ. Our children, student, singles, women, and men ministries each are focused on helping people make spiritual progress.
Sunday Adult Enrichment Classes
At Berean Community Church we believe that studying the Word of God will lead to a deeper relationship with God and a better knowledge of His will for us. For this reason we offer Sunday Adult Enrichment Classes (AEC’s).
We encourage all adults who are not serving simultaneously in another ministry to participate in these electives. There is no monetary cost and you can join an elective at any time.
If you are a newer attender and want to learn more about plugging in at Berean, please consider signing up for the Berean Series.
Biblical Community in the Modern World (John Downer, Room 101)
The New Testament places a high value on living and growing in community with other brothers and sisters in Christ. We recognize that modern life does everything it can to deconstruct real community, but what can we do about it? In this class, participants will study characteristics of biblical community and consider how God can use us to build authentic community in spite of the challenges of the information age.
First and Second Peter (Jim Kluth, Room 102)
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ... So begins Peter's letter to the churches that had been planted in Asia Minor. He tells believers then and now that their faith in Jesus far outweighs whatever suffering and persecution they might be experiencing. He also explores several areas of Christian thought, including Christology, suffering, Christ-like living, marriage, church government, and false teachers and their agendas. Participants in this class will will study these letters in some depth and learn how to apply Peter's godly wisdom to their lives.
Making Sense of God (Tom Thacher and Joel Kuhlmann)
This class will begin in January and will be based on a book by Tim Keller called Making Sense of God. The subtitle is "Finding God in the Modern World," and it is written to counter skepticism about Christianity in a society in which it seems more and more people are thinking of Christianity as just a crutch needed by weak people. Making Sense of God provides some great tools for countering this perspective, and the author keeps it grounded in Scripture and focused on Jesus. If you want to learn more about the book and watch a short trailer by Tim Keller, you can find that here.
The Life of Christ (Dan Arms)
The Life of Christ will be a study of the life and ministry of our Lord and God, Jesus Christ during His incarnation. This study will be a shared look at not only what Christ did, but why He did it. Most importantly, we’ll be looking at how His teaching and ministry should be affecting our lives.
Lies Women Believe (Carrie Brand)
Lies Women Believe spotlights forty-five lies commonly believed by Christian women-lies about God, themselves, priorities, emotions, marriage, parenting, and more - and it offers the only means to challenge, counter, and overcome deception: truth. Books are available through the church office for a suggested donation of $14.
The men's ministry prepares men to be more effective men of God by providing opportunities to encourage each other, be trained in life skills and grow in their walk with Jesus Christ. This is done through Men's Breakfasts, Retreats, Small Groups, Special Outreaches and 1-1 Discipleship.
The Men's Ministry at Berean has a group on Facebook. The purpose of this group is to share information on upcoming activities, photos from previous events, and thoughts on a variety of subjects.
The women's ministry reaches out to women with Christ's love and encourages their growth in Christ. We seek to unify women through outreach, worship, fellowship, Bible study and service. This is done through a Mentoring Program, Bible Studies, Retreats, and Special Outreaches.
For more information on the Women's Ministries at Berean Community Church send an email to email@example.com.