Classes, Programs, & Events

Discipleship classes, programs and events are intended to be stepping stones for people on the journey toward or in the with-God life.  For example, The Apprentice Series is perfect for those looking for deeper waters and fresh wind in their sails.  Meanwhile, the Contemporary Christian Life Issues Class (CCLI) offered September – April, squares off with some of today’s most pressing issues.  In addition to these examples, there are many other Bible studies and book studies and other classes that all collectively help us to “grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ” (Ephesians 4:15). Questions on where or how to plug in?  Contact Lori at or 616.796.3361.

Mid-Week Classes and Groups

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The Megaphone and the Message

Wednesday evenings (7:00 PM)
Meets July 5 – July 26 (4 weeks)
Teacher: Ross Dieleman
Community Cafe

C.S. Lewis famously said that “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pain: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world” (C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain, p. 91).  This quote begs the question…if pain is God’s megaphone, what is the message?  How do pain, suffering, and evil fit in God’s world and how are we to understand these things alongside the Christian claims that God is an all-powerful, perfectly benevolent being?  This is the age-old question of theodicy. In this four-part course, we will survey some of the best thinking on the subject and hold it alongside our regular experience in today’s beautiful yet broken world.  Come ready to be challenged by God’s Word and changed by God’s Spirit. (There is no cost associated with this study.)



Breathing Under Water

Monday evenings (6:30 – 8:30 PM)
Meets June 19 – September 18 (12 weeks / not meeting July 3 or September 4)
Teachers: Karen Bables or Ruth Evenhouse
Room 168 / 169

Here is a hard truth that most prefer to deny: we are all addicted to something.  We cannot stop the drowning waters of our addictive culture from rising, but we must at least see our reality for what it is, seek to properly detach from it, and then build a “coral castle” in which we learn to “breath under water.”  The New Testament calls it salvation, the Twelve Steps calls it recovery, and this course is about the kind of spirituality that accompanies both. Advance registration is helpful to ensure class materials are available for you. Contact Lori at or 616.796.3361. (Book Cost: $10; scholarships are available if needed)

Wednesday Women’s Summer Bible Study – The Great 8: Where is God Talking to Me?

Wednesday mornings (9:30 – 11:00 AM)
Meets June 21 – August 2 (6 weeks / not meeting on July 5)
Contact: Marylin Bright or Joni DeJongh
Room 167

“Where is God Talking to Me?” This is a new six-week study for women designed around hearing God speak.  Six different women will share from their different life experiences about where and how they are hearing God speak to them today. Together the group will dive into a variety of Bible passages to shape the conversation. Each session will be a “stand alone” lesson, so please feel free to come when you can. Child care is available for infants through first grade. Feel free to just show up! (There is no cost associated with this study.)

Apprentice – Falling in Love with the God Jesus Revealed

The Good and Beautiful God
New classes will begin in September 2017.

Advance registration required.

We all have stories we tell ourselves about God and how He works in our lives. Some are true – but many are false.  The Apprentice Series is a transforming study about falling in love with the God Jesus knew, about putting on the character of Christ, and about following the Holy Spirit into a life of grace and love. It is about changing your life, curing your soul, and not only about getting you into heaven but also about getting heaven into you. The Apprentice workload is achievable… but it is not a zero-investment experience. Expect weekly reading and one surprisingly life-giving spiritual practice each week, all processed in community.

If you are interested in personally talking with someone who has taken the Apprentice Series, visit Christ Memorial on Sundays, June 18, July 16 and/or August 6 and stop by the kiosk just past the Welcome Desk in Christ Memorial’s Mixing Area.  The people you’ll speak with will gladly answer your questions and share with you how God has used Apprentice to transform their life!

This path is tried and true and much loved. Come join the ranks!

Discipleship Quads

A Grass-Roots Discipleship Movement that Moves as You Move

Are you looking for a powerful discipling experience with a few good friends focused on encouragement and accountability?  Do you need something that is beyond the regular schedules detailed in this booklet?  Then consider starting a discipleship quad.  You design the group, you set the time, and we’ll help you settle into some of the best tools and practices for personal and group transformations. For more information or to sign up, contact Ross Dieleman at 616.796.3363 or


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