One Church, Three Branches
At LifePath Church, we express our life in Christ through three branches.
- We believe that it’s important to gather together as Jesus followers for worship, celebration, and hearing His word. Celebration Gathering is about inspiration.
- We also believe that you can’t learn to be a disciple in a worship service or a classroom. We learn to follow Jesus by by practice and by imitation. In Missional Communities, we walk side-by-side with other disciples on the same life path, journeying and growing together in Christ. Meal Communities are about imitation.
- But sometimes imitation isn’t enough. Sometimes we need a little more knowledge to begin — or continue — our journey as a disciple. Life Seminars are where we take time to study and grow in ways that will help us become better Jesus followers. Life Seminars are for information.
Life Seminars aren’t just classes. These seminars provide a place where Christ followers come together to gain knowledge, explore ideas, and learn new practices that will help us as we walk with Jesus. Life Seminars are designed to deepen our inward journey with Christ, which we call spiritual formation.
What do you mean by Spiritual Formation?
Christian spiritual formation is the process of being formed in the image of Jesus. It’s different than education because it implies a change of the heart, and ultimately, our actions and priorities. On the other hand, education is the imparting of knowledge and information, which is essentially the basis for formation. So, they go together. In our seminars, we explore new information (education) so that our hearts and lives will be changed as we walk with Jesus (formation)
What is a Seminar
A seminar is participatory, while a class is passive. We believe that the process of formation and education is a collaborative effort. In our seminars participants share from their own experiences and we learn from one another. Plus, the latin root for seminar is seminarium, which means “seed plot.” Here at LifePath, we’re all about planting seeds.
Life Seminars meet on the first Wednesday of each month from 6:30-8:30 PM.
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
The Bible: tl/dr
An overview of Bible history and background, as well as tools for reading and understanding. Led by Duane Cottrell.
God's Mission and Real Life
Explores the Biblical foundation of God’s mission and helps individuals explore their own missional context. Led by Keith Miller.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
We are complex and multifaceted beings. We are physical, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and social. The goal of our spiritual life is to allow Christ to fully penetrate and transform each of those areas, and we can call this Spiritual Wholeness. This course will explore ways to engage in emotionally healthy spirituality. Led by Duane Cottrell.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Reflections from the Desert
Join Keith Miller as he reflects on his time spent in the borderlands of Mexico and Arizona.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Healthy Personal Finance
A brief overview of many aspects of personal finance from a healthy Christian perspective, including stewardship, budgeting, saving, giving, debt, management of credit cards, and estate planning. Led by John Burns, director of development for the Brethren in Christ Foundation.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Habits for Spiritual Formation
This seminar is a hands-on approach to a life of following Jesus into our communities resulting in Christ-centered relationships. Led by Keith Miller.
This seminar will explore some habits of spiritual formation, through which we deepen our intimate connection with the heart of God, including different forms of prayer and a variety of ways to engage the scriptures. Led by Duane Cottrell.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Spiritual Formation with Kids
Rather than a typical seminar, this will be a group conversation and brainstorming session about the ways we might help lead our children in spiritual formation practices. Anyone who is a parent, grandparent, or child is welcome to come and contribute to the conversation.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Violence in the Old Testament: Prince of Peace, God of War
A framework for viewing troubling passages in light of the Prince of Peace. Led by Keith Miller.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Jesus with the Poor
A look at the theology of poverty and how we might follow Jesus’ model in restoring dignity to the poor. Led by Duane Cottrell.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
The Body:Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
A look at the beauty of the human body, how it is constructed to reflect God’s glory, and how we can maximize our physical health and fitness for a fuller spiritual life. Led by Doug Miller, Ph.D., Professor of Health & Exercise Science at Messiah College.