These classes happen in 6-week sessions, before the start of the worship service. The Adult Education classes are taught by members of the DPC community as well as DPC staff and are on a variety of topics - Bible, theology, vocation, relationships, cultural engagement, finances, art, among many others - and give us a chance as a community to be more equipped to live out our faith in these areas of life.

 

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2018-2019 YEAR


October 21 - December 2

Kaisa Stenberg-Lee, A Praying Life: Creating Space (Room 122)
This class will introduce you to new ways of thinking about prayer and interacting with God.  Kaisa Lee is a spiritual director with lots of experience helping Christians nurture their personal relationship with God.  Kaisa will teach various prayer practices that can help you identity new ways to meet with God in meaningful and real ways. But most specifically, she will focus on the practice of creating space for silence and stillness. The class is for anyone who desires to either meet God for the first time in a personal, life-giving way, or anyone who wants to deepen and nourish their life with God and grow in love for Jesus. 

Jason Walch, Wrestling With Family (Room 121)
How can we understand the inevitable conflicts of family - parents, children, generation gaps -  and how the gospel helps us to navigate these challenges? Looking to principles and narratives from scripture, we will address many of the very real conflicts we find in our families, and hopefully learn how to embrace the intimacy of conflict. Led by Jason Walch, Pastor of Family Nurture.


September 9 - October 14

Nancy Nelson, Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ (Room 122)
What does it mean to be Christian? In the American church, there’s a large emphasis on evangelism, but the idea of Christian growth and character formation is not treated as urgently. The quiet, obscure conditions in which growth takes place can sometimes make us uncomfortable, and building maturity in Christ often gets relegated to footnote status in the text of our lives. Join us for this conversation surrounding Eugene Peterson’s book Practice Resurrection, an exploration of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, where we’ll unpack together what it means to fully “grow up in Christ."

Bill Connors, Blessed Are the Peacemakers: A Kingdom-Centered Approach to Political Engagement (Room 121)
Regardless of faith conviction, nobody likes the present state of political polarization and lack of civil and constructive discourse. Christians have a great opportunity to embody a distinct and attractively counter-cultural vision for political engagement. But what is it? In our recent core experience survey, nearly 80% of Denver Pres regulars reported that they struggle to see what it means to follow Jesus in the area of political engagement. This class is intended to begin to provide frameworks for participants to imagine new possibilities for political engagement rather than falling into the tired patterns of our culture. 

 


2017-2018 YEAR

 

April 8 - May 20 

 

Making Room: Cultivating a Lifestyle of Hospitality - Nancy Nelson

What is true hospitality? Hospitality is not merely making your house pretty or hosting flawless parties. Though creating beautiful environments can certainly be an aspect of it, hospitality is more about fostering a space and spirit where people in your life feel comfortable. When they're with you, they feel at home. How do we become more invitational with our lives, our times, our resources, and our spaces?  Join us in this conversation about opening our lives up to others. 

February 18 - March 25

 

James: Testing Your Faith - Bill Connors

The New Testament letter of James is about growth and transformation by God’s grace. Our every-day circumstances and situations are ground zero for God’s work of maturing us, both individually and as a community. When we truly desire growth in our lives, God gives it generously. Join us as we immerse ourselves in the beautiful imagery of James’ convicting and hopeful letter. 

January 7-February 11

 

Real Work - Jenn Peppers

What am I supposed to do with my life?”  It’s a question not only asked by high school and college students, but by each of us throughout our lives! Many of us have levels of uncertainty, or even boredom in our vocations and careers. These feelings can result in either selling ourselves short in our work, or, on the other extreme, feel the need to prove ourselves at all costs. Jenn Peppers, a career and life coach  (and Denver Pres staff member) will guide class participants through her book Real Work, equipping participants with tools to make Christ-centered decisions about work that, when put into practice, will help bring peace that you’re aligned with God’s desires.

 

A Gospel-Based Approach to Money - Chad Hamilton

Jesus talked about money a lot, more than any other topic except the Kingdom of God. Money is very important in our lives. But most Christians don’t have a clear paradigm for where money fits into the life of a faithful disciple, from the perspective of scripture. Chad Hamilton wants to enable us to be truly liberated in our finances, to be able to answer the question, “How do we relate to our money in a way that pleases God?”

 

October 22 - December 3

 

How to Read Your Bible, Part 2 - Bill Connors

Reading the Bible is supposed to be like eating a fine meal - enjoyable, energizing and essential for our spiritual vitality and growth. However, many of us find the Bible difficult to understand and to apply to our own lives. Over this 12-week class (stretching across both fall sessions), you will become familiar with the frameworks, skills, and tools necessary to confidently read God’s Word.

 

September 10-October 15

 

How To Read Your Bible, Part 1 - Bill Connors

Reading the Bible is supposed to be like eating a fine meal - enjoyable, energizing and essential for our spiritual vitality and growth. However, many of us find the Bible difficult to understand and to apply to our own lives. Over this 12-week class (stretching across both fall sessions), you will become familiar with the frameworks, skills, and tools necessary to confidently read God’s Word.

Experiencing God Through Spiritual Disciplines - Mark Miller

Christians throughout the ages and across cultures have discovered powerful practices that have helped them to grow closer to God and to deeply internalize the life-changing reality of God’s love and grace. Whether new to Christianity or a life-long follower of Christ, learning about and practicing these “spiritual disciplines” will help you to experience God in a new way.