What category should we list your small group?: Faith Formation

Group Name: Beyond Sunday

Facilitator's Name: Dale Humphries

Email Address:

Subject: Spiritual Disciplines in the Christian Life

Goal: The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun. It's a book I've done studies with before in a small group setting, and found to be beneficial to the participants. The goal would be to introduce folks to new types of spiritual discipline and applications for it in their weekly routine, to empower them to seek out spaces of encounter with God in their own lives and in the midst of their own schedules, beyond what one might typically receive just on a Sundaymorning service.

Start Date: 2/5/18

What days of the week to meet (i.e. Every Tuesday, Second Sunday)?: Every Monday

How many weeks wil your group meet? (Usually 4-8 weeks): 8 weeks

Time (usually 90min, ocassionally 60 or 120min): 90 minutes

When should registration close?: 2/4/18

Where will your group meet?: First Baptist's Education Building

Any cost or anticipated expenses? Note amount and purchase (i.e. book purchases, refreshments).: Individuals/couples would need to acquire their own copies of the text. It is available on Amazon for approx. $17 or $10 as an ebook.

Describe your group. Tell us why this group will be a great one to join!: Sunday mornings are great, aren't they? You dress up, go spend time with your church family, sing and praise God together, receive wisdom from the scriptures, and if you're lucky maybe find time for a meal with the whole family before going about your own routine. Then Monday comes, followed by Tuesday, and before you know it you're caught up in the weekly routine of work, kids, school, and a hundred other things competing for your time and attention. Before you know it, whatever was discussed in the sermon on Sunday is pushed to the back as you wrestle with everything life brings your way, and you're lucky if you remember to say a prayer at the dinner table, much less taking time to seek God's will for each of the things hurtling toward you way too fast.

What if there were other ways of encountering God than just the ones you had experienced before? Could it be that the problem isn't just that we're all too busy, but that we've limited ourselves to methods of encounter that rely on breaking out of our weekly workflow rather than inviting God into it? 

In this small group we'll take 8 weeks to study Adele Ahlberg Calhoun's Spiritual Disciplines Handbook, taking a new discipline each week and tailoring it to suit our individual work and family commitments. We'll examine the ways in which those disciplines draw us closer to God, and in some cases maybe even discover where things we thought would feed us are actually getting in the way of finding that space to connect.

Tell us about the facilitator(s). Short bios and how your facilitator(s) is/are related to the topic.: My name is Dale Humphries, I've been attending First Baptist Church for some time now, and I am a 2017 graduate from Eastern Mennonite Seminary. My Masters of Divinity was tailored toward Spiritual Direction and Pastoral Care, and finding ways to apply that in small group communities is a passion of mine. I've lead multiple small groups and done diverse studies on topics ranging from sex addiction to conflict resolution and empathy building through gameplay. The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook has been personally beneficial for me in building up my own spiritual rhythm in my weekly routine, and I've had success using it with groups to empower individuals to do the same in a way that is applicable to their own lives.

What media will you have for the website? (i.e. A relevant vide, Ted Talk, web link, book info): Book info taken from the page listing:

Maybe you long for a more intimate prayer life or deeper insight from God's Word but just don't know how to get there. Or maybe you want to learn about new spiritual disciplines like visio divina, unplugging or attentiveness. In Spiritual Disciplines Handbook Adele Calhoun gives us directions for our continuing journey toward intimacy with Christ. While the word discipline may make us want to run and hide, the author shows how desires and discipline work together to lead us to the transformation we're longing for―the transformation only Christ can bring. Instead of just giving information about spiritual disciplines, this handbook is full of practical, accessible guidance that helps you actually practice them. With over 80,000 copies in print, this well-loved catalog of seventy-five disciplines has been revised throughout and expanded to include thirteen new disciplines along with a new preface by the author. Mothers, fathers, plumbers, nurses, students―we're all on a journey. And spiritual disciplines are for all of us who desire to know Christ deeply and be like him. Here is direction for our desire, leading us to the ultimate destination: more of Christ himself.

Name of Primary Contact: Dale Humphries