Our Mission

All of our Sunday School classes, Bible studies, prayer groups, and small groups exist to prepare you or your child for living for Christ in the real world. We use a variety of learning methods and teaching styles, so there is a fit for every type of learner, and each class or study includes a practical, relevant application to real life – where you are. We believe Christian Education exists not just to fill our minds, but to change our hearts and our lives.

Our purpose, our mission, and our call continues to be not just going to church, but BEING the church together, both in our church community and out in the world.

Fall Semester 2017


Community Groups are groups of people who meet twice a month around a common interest. The goal of community groups is simply to build relationships among our church members and family and friends or visitors who want to be involved. As we garden together, read together, play board games together, etc., we hope to build deeper friendships and a stronger community. If you don't see a group below that works for you, contact Kathy Larson about starting your own group!
  • Gardening: Shannon Klar: every other Saturday morning 
  • Art Sanctuary: Kathy Larson: every other Sunday afternoon 
  • Book Club: Diana Horne: every other Wednesday morning 
  • Knitting: Barbara Thomson: every other Wednesday night 
  • Board Games: Lisa VanderHeide: one Saturday night per month 
  • Family of Those Struggling with Mental Illnesses: Marty McKenzie: contact for details


The first & third Wednesday night of every month, from 6:00 - 7:00 pm, we have a covered dish dinner open to the WHOLE CHURCH COMMUNITY as well as any friends and neighbors of the GREATER COMMUNITY. The purpose of this monthly meal together is the same as our community groups - building community among our church members, neighbors, and friends. Which means, feel free to bring neighbors and friends! 

Bring whatever you want to share - no pressure on making any fancy dish or even bringing anything homemade. Lots of people just swing by Harris Teeter or even Taco Bell and grab something on the way. God usually works it out so we get a somewhat balanced meal. And no one will mind if we end up with all desserts one or two or three times! 

For this fall semester, we will try something a little different for our Wednesday Night Community Dinners. Instead of having dinner and then a program, we will be joining those two things together into one dinner hour and have a sacred meal together - eating, praying, singing, and talking together about God and His goodness, all in one.

We will eat at intentionally mixed-age tables and follow a structured schedule for our meal, with unique sacred activities like candle lighting, breaking of bread, and liturgy; and creative elements to keep things interesting. But don’t worry, there will still be plenty of time to chat with your church family! We are hoping this more intentional time will build our faith community and create a unique space to invite friends from our greater community into our wonderful church family. Because of our small size and our family feel, we have such a unique opportunity at Good Shepherd to really connect inter-generationally, young children to their grandparents and aunts and uncles in the faith, and to come together as one united body. This is just one way to take advantage of that.

Sunday Mornings - 9:30 - 10:30 AM 

CHILDREN: All of the children's classes will use the Explore the Bible curriculum. Each class will study the books of Genesis, Acts, and 1 Samuel, using games, art, and discussion.

PRESCHOOLERS taught by: Marty McKenzie and Kim Kinken

K-2nd GRADERS taught by: Ronnie Dolinger and Chris Orr

3rd-5th GRADERS taught by: Emily Pearce and Doran Buchmann


YOUTH (6th-12th grade) our youth class will have an in-depth study of the book of Matthew, using discussion and activities to discover who Jesus is and how He works in our lives.
taught by: Sara Halpin and Cindy Dolinger


ADULTS: Each semester, we offer different options of styles (lecture vs. discussion/interactive, academic vs. intro level, topical vs. textual, etc.) to meet a variety of learning styles, interests, and spiritual needs. 
Each semester, we offer different options of styles (academic vs. intro level, lecture vs. discussion/interactive, topical vs. textual, etc.) to meet a variety of learning styles, interests, and spiritual needs.

Exilic Prophets, taught by Kathy Larson
textual, pretty heavy on the academic, but also discussion/application

If you liked last year’s Pre-Exilic Prophets, you’re gonna love this semesters' Exilic Prophets! But you definitely don’t have to have come to the Pre-Exilic class to join us. It’s a whole new time period in OT History with all new lessons to learn - a time when the Israelites had to learn how
to live faithfully to God in a foreign land. In this class, we will study the prophets of Ezekiel and Daniel, with a little bit of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Esther thrown in, and see how we are faced with the same challenge living in America today. How can we be faithful to the Lord in a secular world? How can we be in the world, but not of it? 

Heaven, taught by Jim Hinton
topical, mix of lecture and discussion/life application

One of the most exciting, but least explored, aspects of God’s promises to us is the promise of eternal if with Him in a place most often referred to as Heaven. In this class, we will seek to discover what the Bible actually says about Heaven:

Will we have bodies similar to the ones we have now?
Will there be animals there?
Will we remember our time on earth?
What is meant by the new heavens and the new earth?

We’ll look at these common questions and many more. Our most important resource will be the Bible itself, but we will also draw from books by Randy Alcorn, N.T. Wright, Jonathan Edwards, David Jeremiah, and others. There is much we can glean from God's word about death, resurrection, and eternal life. Our goal is to gain a better biblical basis for envisioning the joys that await us in the place we call Heaven. 

12 Steps to Renewing your Faith, taught by Leslie Pack
topical, discussion, life application focus

Paul writes in Romans 12, and similarly in Ephesians, that we can be transformed by the renewing of our mind.  Are you looking for a spiritual or emotional transformation?

Alcoholics Anonymous has been using a 12-step program for nearly 100 years, which has helped addicts recover from their addiction, and family members recover from the trauma it causes the family. Addictions come in many forms: alcohol, drugs, overeating, undereating, sex, pornography, chocolate, adrenalin, emotions, etc.  AA is not a Christian program, but the 12 steps are based on biblical principles, and can really help build our faith and help with underlying mental and emotional issues, if approached from a biblical perspective.

During this course, we will work the 12 steps together, using “The Life Recovery Workbook” by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop.  Working the 12 steps means admitting you are powerless over certain aspects of your life, turning those areas over to the all-powerful God, and trusting him. Then examining yourself to discover areas God may be calling you to change, and making the appropriate changes. And then starting over again. To get the most out of this study, we will explore the concepts and Bible verses together, and then during the week, you may complete the self-examination portion of the study. 

Although these steps build on one another, you do not have to attend every week to benefit – each week will stand alone as a Bible study.

Please Note: Leslie is not a clinical psychiatrist, nor a licensed counselor, and doesn’t even have formal psychological training. This course does not take the place of professional help which may require medication. This won’t be a support group in the counseling sense, although we will be supportive of each other. We will not help diagnose problems or suggest any treatments. We aren’t even going there… This is a Bible study with accompanying self-examination which will help you strengthen your faith.

For more information on adult classes, contact Kathy Larson (kathy@gspc.net; 704-364-1234)

For more information on children & youth classes, contact Sara Halpin (sara@gspc.net; 704-364-1234)

just for KIDS

INFANTS are lovingly cared for in our nursery by professional staff and volunteers during Sunday School and worship. 

CHILDREN’S CHURCH is during 11:00 am worship, after the Children’s Sermon. Children ages 4 years old through 1st grade are dismissed with an adult leader to hear the message of the sermon on their own level and to understand and practice elements of worship.

KID'S CLUB (K-5th grade) meets on the SECOND Sunday of each month, from 2-3:30 pm for a "mini-VBS" event, which includes Bible Study, fellowship, games, crafts, and lots of fun! This is a great opportunity to invite friends and neighbors out to play with us! 

Contact Sara (sara@gspc.net; 704-364-1234) for more on Children’s Ministries.

just for YOUTH

MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP meets on Sunday nights from 4:00 - 5:30 pm for games, worship, prayer, and discussion with youth their own age and adult advisers who are passionate about youth. This fall, they will be discussing finding their identity in Christ as they navigate middle school.

HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP meets on Sunday nights from 6:00 - 7:30 pm for games, worship, prayer, and discussion with youth their own age and adult advisers who are passionate about youth. This fall, they will be discussing how to maintain a strong relationship with Christ amidst their busy schedules.

YOUTH also do lots of special activities through the year like service projects, concerts, retreats, game nights, and more.

Contact Sara (sara@gspc.net; 704-364-1234) for more on Youth Ministries

just for MEN

Our new Men’s Ministry is going strong, continuing our monthly fellowship activities, and having our very first men's retreat this October! We are excited to have Roger Edwards with us from The Barnabas Center as our facilitator to talk about matters of significance to men: work, family, stress, faith, and how to keep the Lord at the center of it all. If you’re interested in joining us, have any ideas, or want to help, contact Todd Pearce or Chris Orr. 

just for WOMEN

Women's Bible Study meets in two groups: 
- Tuesday Nights, 7:00-8:30 pm [Barbara Thomson]
- Tuesday Mornings, 9:15-10:45 am [Kathy Larson, Heather Austell, and Robin Orr]

Each group is a delightful group of ladies of all ages and backgrounds who meet together to study, pray, laugh, cry, support, and encourage each other through all of life’s ups and downs and twists around. Both groups would love to welcome new members with open arms and open hearts!

Women of the Church meets twice a year for fellowship and spiritual growth - at a brunch (fall) and a retreat (spring). This year, for our fall retreat, we are excited to have our own Bentley Ball, a licensed counselor and great Bible teacher, lead us in study, discussion, and prayer on the topic "Hope Again." [Jane Chiseck]

Contact Kathy Larson (kathy@gspc.net; 704-364-1234) for more information on Adult Ministries.

NEW book study

In response to God opening his eyes to issues of race all around us, Pastor Robert is leading a book study on Waking Up White as a FIRST STEP towards our responding to the inequity and inequality found in our culture and society. There is much more to be done, but we cannot engage what we do not see, and this book has been useful tool for many pastors and leaders in opening their eyes to their own blind spots. If you are interested in joining this study, please contact Pastor Robert.

See Left Menu for Notes from Past Adult Sunday School Classes & Bible Studies, Lent Prayer Guide, Advent Devotional Guide, and other Resources