Top Recommended Christian Education Programs for Adults

Disciples of Christ in Community — DOCC offers a step-by-step journey into the heart and soul of Christianity. Each session consists of a presentation for approximately 45 minutes, followed by an hour-long conversation in a small group that will stay together for the entire course. The DOCC journey depends to a large extent on the quality of the small-group experience, and small groups depend on the regular attendance of participants.

Education for Ministry (EfM)
EfM is a four-year program of theological education-at-a-distance of the School of Theology of the University of the South. It covers the basics of a theological education in the Old and New Testaments, church history, liturgy, and theology. Students meet regularly, usually once a week, in seminars under the guidance of trained mentors. There are active EfM groups around the Diocese of Georgia.

Other Good Adult Programs

Alpha
A ten-week opportunity to “explore the validity and relevance of the Christian faith for our lives today,” Alpha is a practical introduction to the basics of Christianity. Each week people meet together for a meal, a talk on topics such as “Who is Jesus?”, “Why Did Jesus Die?”, and “How Can I be Sure of My Faith?”, followed by small group interaction. There is a day or weekend retreat midway through the course, which focuses on the person and work of the Holy Spirit. Created at Holy Trinity Church, Brompton, in London, the syllabus of the course is contained in Questions of Life by the Rev. Nicky Gumbel, that church’s rector. 

Via media
These resources respond to the need for the Episcopal Church to spread the message of “an inclusive, powerful, passionate God to all people.” An evangelism tool that presents the basic tenets of Christianity from an inclusive, Anglican approach to scripture, traditions, and reason, leads the participants to a broader view of the journey of faith and the role that the Church can play in society, Via media is a small group participatory program.

The New Church’s Teaching Series
This thirteen-volume series explores the Christian faith and the Episcopal Church, revealing the distinctive vision Anglicanism offers for the people of God today. Each book includes a study guide and a list of additional resources and is suitable for group study. For details about the series, visit Cowley Publications.

The Discovery Series: A Christian Journey
A video series offered by the Diocese of Texas and is designed for all Christians. It can be used flexibly to enhance current education programs, including confirmation or baptism classes. The five videos include
1) The Path to Episcopal Worship, with an instructed Eucharist and a history of the Episcopal Church;
2) A Journey of Faith, with basic information about the Bible, the Trinity, the Kingdom of God, who Jesus is, the Creeds and Baptism;
3) A Path to Spiritual Maturity, with a discussion about the importance of Bible study and different forms of prayer, personal and corporate;
4) Our Spiritual Gifts, on assessing spiritual gifts, defining ministers as “all of us” and instilling the importance of personal involvement in ministry, both in and beyond the congregation; and
5) The Great Commission,showing how our stories are reflections of ancient stories in the Bible and teaching participants how to share their own stories with friends, neighbors and coworkers, making disciples who make disciples. Materials include five courses, a facilitator’s video and printed facilitator’s and participant’s guides and workbooks. To order materials by e-mail, go to discovery@epicenter.org, or contact Shirley Platt at splatt@epicenter.org, or call her at 800-318-4452