Adult Sunday School/Small Groups

ADULT SPIRITUAL FORMATION MINISTRY
 
Jesus calls each of us to follow Him on a journey of faith through which we become more and more like Him in our beliefs, character, and actions. Salem’s Adult Spiritual Formation Ministry provides opportunities for adults to understand where they are on their journey of faith and ways to take the next steps in becoming like Jesus. We do that through our discipleship process, which is organized simply around four words: KNOW, GROW, SERVE, SHARE.
 
First, we need to KNOW Christ personally be receiving him as our forgiver, submitting to him as the leader of our life, and attending worship with a church family each week. Then we need to GROW in our relationship with Christ through prayer and personal Bible reading, but also through interactions with other Christians through mentoring relationships and/or in small groups. Salem provides these opportunities through our adult Sunday School classes, which meet at 9:30 am on Sunday mornings, our adult growth groups, which meet at 7:00 pm on Wednesday evenings, September through April, women’s mentor groups, which meet monthly in women’s homes at various times, and one-on-one discipleship relationships. We would love to help you find a small group that is right for where you are on your spiritual journey.
 
Christ also calls us to SERVE him as he came “not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28). Salem’s Adult Spiritual Formation Ministry helps people to understand how God has uniquely designed and gifted them with special passions, gifts, abilities, and personalities in order for them to serve him. Once people discover their unique design, we help link them to ministries at church and in the community where they will enjoy and be most effective in ministry.
 

Finally Jesus calls us to tell people about him. At Salem, we call that SHARing Christ with others. Our Adult Spiritual Formation Ministry helps people understand this call and share Jesus with their friends, coworkers, family members and neighbors in ways that seem natural to who God has created them to be.

 
At Salem, we place a strong emphasis on the spiritual formation of adults because we believe that when someone comes to KNOW Christ as Savior and is consistently attending worship, is GROWing in Christ through personal prayer and Bible reading, is SERVing Christ with their time and abilities, and SHARing Christ with their friends and acquaintances, then they are well on their way to becoming all God desires for them to be as a follower of Christ.
Sunday Mornings, 9:30 AM
Adult Growth Groups – September – April
Digging Deeper
Teacher: Varies
Class Size: 10 – 15
Format: Bible or book study, group discussion
Studying Now: “Got Questions”
 
Journey
Teacher: Dale Appleby
Class Size: 15 – 20
Format: Bible study, interactive discussion
Studying Now: “Various Topics”- Selected by Class
 
God’s Glorifiers
Teachers: Rodney Widney
Class Size: 30 – 40
Format: Bible study, discussion-oriented
Studying Now: “Book of Ephesians”
 
Christ’s Ambassadors
Teachers: Rotating weekly schedule
Class Size: 30 – 40
Format: Hymn, Prayer, Bible Study
Studying Now: “David C. Cook” Quarterly
 
Ignition
Teacher: Pam Poper
Class Size: 8 – 12
Format: Bible study, discussion-oriented
Studying Now: “Unanswered”
 
Steps Of Faith
Teacher: Pastor Art & Tom Reardon
Class Size: 8 – 12
Format: Application- oriented Bible-based teaching
?Studying Now: “Various Bible Passages”
Prayer Group
Join together in worship and prayer, bringing the requests submitted by members of our church before the Lord.
Led by Jody Diehl
 
Christian Caregiving, A Way of Life
Do you ever feel uncomfortable talking about your faith, praying with others, or trying to comfort a friend?  This study will challenge and equip you to care for others in a distinctively Christian way.
Led by Sandy Ibaugh
 
GriefShare Support Group
A faith-based video-driven support group for those suffering the loss of a loved one.
Led by Sally Wadel
 
Insights for Influencers
Each week we will hear from well-known Christian authors and speakers via video and discuss how their insights can help us better influence others for Christ.  This group is especially helpful for, but not limited to parents.
Led by Jason & Julie Bakker
 
Prophesies of Isaiah
Isaiah is like the Bible in miniature and primarily prewritten history, predicting the two comings of Christ and the end times.  The conditions in Israel at the time it was written parallel what is happening today: people are looking for world peace and prosperity and Isaiah tells how and when it will be accomplished.
Meet at Other Times and Locations
Women’s Mentor Groups
Small groups of women meet monthly in homes at various times to enjoy Bible study, fellowship, food, laughter and tears.
Now Studying: “Believing God” by Beth Moore
Contact Linda Taylor (717-263-2526 or 717-360-1293) for more information.
 
Men’s Small Group
Meets in Salem’s Community Center the 2nd Sunday of each month at 5pm for a meal, followed by a discussion-oriented Bible study.
Now Studying: “10 Men of the Bible” by Max Lucado
Contact Chester Mott (717-267-7844) for more information.
Couples Small Groups
For couples who are interested in meeting in a home once a month for building Christian friendships and fostering spiritual growth.
Meeting dates and times and topic of study is determined by each group.
Leaders are Dave & Tonya Stoner, Dale & Chris Appleby, and Jared & Tawnee Poper.
Contact one of them or Pastor Jason (717-263-4123) for more information.
 
Caregivers Support Group
A group to support and encourage those who are caring for aging or special-needs family members.
Meets at 7 pm the 2nd Thursdays of the month in the Salem Community Center, 104.
Contact Wanda Flood (717-267-2653) for more information.