Faith Formation for Adults

Faith Formation for Adults

Second Presbyterian is known for its emphasis on education. Discipleship is always a “work in process.” At Second Presbyterian, faith formation for adults strives to offer multiple opportunities for faith to be nurtured, opportunities to grow in wisdom and understanding, and opportunities to deepen knowledge of Biblical story. Adult faith formation offers intergenerational opportunities to learn, grow and fellowship with one another in the faith.

Program Year

Sunday School is offered September – May from 10:00am – 11:00am.

Classes offered for Adults:

  • Journey Through the Bible – Join the Journey Class as they delve deeply into Bible Study and seek relevance for Scripture in today’s world.
  • Open Door Class – The Open Door class explores contemporary books focused on faith, coupled with engaging discussion.
  • Covenant Conversation – Covenant Conversation engages in exploration of theology and tradition on specific topics each year.
  • Wired Word – Wired Word seeks to relate scripture and faith to the contemporary word. The Wired Word takes on the good, the bad and the ugly each week as it tackles a wide variety of current events through the lens of faithful discernment. Each week includes biblical study, discussion and fellowship with others on the Christian journey. Coffee is included!
  • Confirm, Not Conform for Adults – Geared toward the parents of confirmands, this 9-week companion class parallels part of what the 8th grade youth learn during confirmation class. Participants are invited to ask questions they have always wanted to ask and to explore their faith from an adult perspective.

Monthly at Second

  • POP-UP Sunday School – Beginning October 1, on the first Sunday of each month, drop in for an interesting topic and/or guest speaker. Topics range from updates from missionaries, to religion in art, to exploring other faith traditions.

Midweek at Second

  • Thursday Morning Study (October, 9:30am – 11:00am) – Each year, facilitator Bill Logan leads this class through the study of engaging and through provoking texts that explore our faith.
  • Discipleship Class (Thursdays, 1:00pm – 3:00pm) – Beginning in September, the Discipleship Class focuses on various studies from The Great Course series.
  • Hungry Women (every other Thursday, 11am – 12pm) – Women are invited to explore interesting faith-inspired texts focused on faith integrated with engaging conversation.
  • Contemplative Prayer (Tuesdays, 12pm – 1pm) – Each week, this small group of seekers engages in contemplative prayer. Enjoy spiritual practices, both ancient and new. All are welcome in this life-giving practice.

Monthly at Second

  • POP-UP Sunday School – Beginning October 1, on the first Sunday of each month, drop in for an interesting topic and/or guest speaker. Topics range from updates from missionaries, to religion in art, to exploring other faith traditions.

Midweek at Second

  • Thursday Morning Study (October, 9:30am – 11:00am) – Each year, facilitator Bill Logan leads this class through the study of engaging and through provoking texts that explore our faith.
  • Discipleship Class (Thursdays, 1:00pm – 3:00pm) – Beginning in September, the Discipleship Class focuses on various studies from The Great Course series.
  • Hungry Women (every other Thursday, 11am – 12pm) – Women are invited to explore interesting faith-inspired texts focused on faith integrated with engaging conversation.
  • Contemplative Prayer (Tuesdays, 12pm – 1pm) – Each week, this small group of seekers engages in contemplative prayer. Enjoy spiritual practices, both ancient and new. All are welcome in this life-giving practice.

Special Opportunities for Adults

Evening VBS:

  • Evening VBS is an intergenerational, annual event at Second Pres, and it showcases special opportunities for education and growth for all ages. Evening VBS encompasses four evenings full of fellowship, learning and fun! Each summer, we host an invited speaker to speak for four nights about a specific topic or theme.
  • Our 2018 Evening VBS keynote speaker was the Reverend Christopher Edmonston from White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. Reverend Edmonston’s theme was, “Telling God’s Story in Three Acts.”

The Edmunds Lecture:

  • The Edmunds Lecture series is hosted in conjunction with St. John’s Dodson Lecture Series. Second Presbyterian hosts the series on even-numbered years. This November 11 and 12 (Sunday and Monday), we welcome guest speaker Ted Wardlaw, president of Austin Theological Seminary.

The Edmunds Lecture

The Edmunds Lecture series is hosted in conjunction with St. John’s Dodson Lecture Series. Second Presbyterian hosts the series on even-numbered years.

  • This November 11 and 12 (Sunday and Monday), we welcome guest speaker Ted Wardlaw, president of Austin Theological Seminary.
  • Detailed information about Dr. Wardlaw’s series will be available soon!

About the Speaker:

  • The Reverend Dr. Theodore J. Wardlaw became the ninth president of Austin Theological Seminary on November 9, 2002. Wardlaw came to Austin Seminary from Atlanta, GA, where he served as pastor of Central Presbyterian Church from 1991 – 2002. Dr. Wardlaw has served in numerous churches in the east and southeast. A native of South Carolina, Ted Wardlaw is a graduate of Presbyterian College, and he earned his divinity degree at Union Theological Seminary in Virginia (now Union Presbyterian Seminary). At Union, he won a graduate fellowship to continue his studies at Yale University Divinity School, where he earned a Masters of Sacred Theology in American Church History (Magna Cum Laude). As a parish pastor, he served on the Board of Visitors at Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary, as a member of the Board of Trustees at Union Presbyterian Seminary and as a member of the Board of Trustees at Montreat Conference Center. Dr. Wardlaw has written for The Christian Century, Journal for Preachers, Call to Worship, and The Presbyterian Outlook.

Trent Get-Away

(August 10 – 12) – This special annual retreat weekend provides opportunities to study, worship, grow spiritually, make new friends, and enjoy time in recreation! The Trent Get-Away is a weekend of intergenerational fellowship held at Massanetta Springs in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Programs and activities are available for all ages.

Gals Gathering

(November 2nd – November 3rd)– Each fall, women are invited for a weekend of refreshment, nurturing of faith and fellowship. Join the 2018 GALS Retreat at Camp Alta Mons!

Kairos Worship & Study

(Wednesdays in Lent) – Beginning with Ash Wednesday, a weekly Lenten service is offered, followed by opportunities to study.