Upcoming or Ongoing Bible Studies, classes & seminars
Discipleship – Any Adults
Sharing Jesus (without freaking out)
Thursdays, September 7-November 9 • 6:45-8:30pm • FLC 103
Learn how to connect the gospel with your own story in everyday conversations. $6.
Keeping Your Focus When Your Dreams Are Shattered: A Study of Joseph
Mondays, September 11-October 2 • 6:30–8:30pm • FLC 106
Ever been falsely accused or suffered from injustice? This study of Joseph - the one who was sold by his brothers - is your manual for handling these painful situations. Learn how to rise above difficulties by trusting God. $10.
Financial Peace • Mondays, September 11-October 16 • 6:45-8:30pm • Lower FLC
Understand God’s ways of handling money. $97.
The Early Church • Wednesdays, September 13-October 11 • 6:30-8:30pm • Lake Park
This five-session small group Bible study, "Early Church," by noted teacher/historian Ray Vander Laan is Volume 5 of the 12-part Faith Lessons series. In this volume, Vander Laan uncovers the passion and commitment early believers displayed as they claimed Jesus in the face of fierce consequences and powerful adversaries. $5.
Living Out A Biblical Worldview • Mondays, October 9-December 4 • 7–9pm • FLC 106
Daniel's worldview had God at the center of it, and Daniel lived out this worldview even under extreme pressure to change. Learn to adopt a biblical worldview and adhere to it even when it's not the "norm" in the eyes of society. $20.
A Clash of Kingdoms • Wednesdays, October 18-Nov. 15 • 6:30-8:30pm • Lake Park
Like the Roman Empire, today's governments and organizations can become centered on power and believe their messages are the "good news." As Christians, we're called to proclaim God's name in all the earth, but how do we do that in a culture of false gospels? Find the answer in this class.
Discipleship – For Kids, Teens & Millennials
Summer Fun 2017
Central Weekday Preschool is offering one more summer session, lasting two weeks and running 9am-1pm Monday through Friday, July 24-August 4. The theme is “Keep Calm and Camp On!” Summer Fun is for ages 18 months to rising first graders. Cost per session is $225 per child.
Sunday Morning Life Group: Experiencing God in the Workplace
Sundays in August • 10:15-11:45am • FLC 107
A different speaker will join the class each week to discuss an occupation of interest to Millennials, and share about life as a stand-up Christian in his or her field.
Sundays, August 6-December 31 (excluding December 24) • 11am-noon • Varsity 108
CSMU offers a fun environment where college students and young adults can connect and learn about God.
Discipleship – For Women
Women of Grace Summer Session (Tuesdays)
Tuesdays through August 8 • 6:45-8:30pm • FLC 105
Ladies, join us for an engaging study in the Book of James.
Women of Grace Summer Session (Wednesdays)
Wednesdays through August 9 • 9:30-11:30am • FLC 105
Ladies, join us for an engaging study in the Book of James.
Discerning the Voice of God
Thursdays, September 7-November 16 • 9:30-11:30am • FLC 106
Explore the different ways to hear God’s voice. $14.
Community Bible Experience: Covenant History
Thursdays, September 7-November 16 • 9:30-11:30am • FLC 105
This chronological study through the Old Testament is $14 for those purchasing a Bible. Others free.
Inductive Study: Galatians
Thursdays, September 7-October 19 • 7-9pm • FLC 106
What does it mean to live under grace? Do you have to keep the Law to be a Christian? All or just part of it? Explore with us. $17.
Women of Grace Fall Session (Tuesdays)
Tuesdays, September 12-November 14 • 6:45pm-8:30pm • FLC Seminar Room
See description under Women of Grace - Wednesdays.
Women of Grace Fall Session (Wednesdays)
Wednesdays, September 13-November 15 • 9:30am-11:30am • FLC Seminar Room
Women of Grace will explore "A Matter of the Heart." The issues of your life, your hopes, your dreams and your fears all flow from the heart. We can't change our behavior until we allow God to change our heart. All women are welcome to join us as we perform "surgery" on our hearts. Choose Tuesday evenings or Wednesday mornings. Cost of materials is $25.
20 Somethings: Becoming a Woman of God • Second and Fourth Thursdays
September 14, 2017-May 10, 2018 • 6:30-8:30pm • FLC 109
Want to grow in God's love and learn what He has planned for you? If so, join us as we come together to study how to become a woman after God's own heart. This free class is specifically designed for women in their 20s.
Heart to Heart: Entrusted, a Study of 2 Timothy • Wednesdays, September 20-Nov. 8
9:30-11:30am • FLC 106
We were never meant to live this journey of faith alone or in secret. God has entrusted us with the great and mighty gift of the gospel, something too precious and life-giving to keep to ourselves. In this journey of joy and hardship, we need each other in order to stay the course and live lives of faithfulness. Join the ladies of Heart to Heart for this free class that includes biblical study, fellowship and prayer.
To help women connect in a deeper way with God, each other and themselves. Groups meeting in Charlotte, Mint Hill, SouthPark and Matthews resume in September. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Divine Love: A Celebration for Women
Friday, September 29 • 6-9pm
Saturday, September 30 • 8:30am-12:30pm
In the CSM Varsity Building
Join with hundreds of women for a time of fun, inspiration and forging new friendships. Central Church wants women to be awed by the magnificence of God’s divine love. From cover to cover, the Bible is God’s love letters to us. Through dynamic worship, powerful teaching and heartfelt personal stories, experience a weekend to remember. Author and Bible teacher Jan Harrison is the keynote speaker. Enjoy art and jewelry vendors, a Friday night after-party and more.
Discipleship - For Men
Men's Class: The Revelation of Jesus Christ • Thursdays through August 31
6:30-8:30pm • FLC 106
This men's class, currently a verse-by-verse study of the Bible’s final book, is free and meets weekly, year-round. You can join any week. Click the listing above for more information.
Men's Bible Study & Fellowship • Fridays, September 8-November 17
6:30-7:30am • Varsity Cafe
Join other men on Friday mornings this fall as we look through Scripture and discuss how this life can actually be a journey of pursuing perfection in Christ and enjoying freedom at the same time. No registration required.
Discipleship – For Single Parents
"To Live as Christ" • Wednesdays, July 26-Oct. 25 • 7-8pm • FLC 103
Find strength, encouragement and hope from "To Live as Christ" - a RightNow Media study by pastor/author Matt Chandler. Parking is available at the rear of the FLC just outside Room 103. Childcare is available during regular Wednesday night prayer service times, so no childcare registration is required.
Discipleship – For Couples
Marriage Built To Last • Sundays through July 30 • 10:15am-noon • FLC 106
Money. In-laws. Arguments. Everyone wants a healthy, loving marriage, but there are so many real issues that can stand in the way. This isn't your typical marriage study. Throughout the series, you'll see couples from across the country share candidly about their marriages and more.
Good2Great Life Group • Sundays in August • 10:15am-noon • Lower FLC
Topics to be discussed include finances, faith & family, couponing and home maintenance. Free.
Good2Great Life Group: Changepoints
Sundays, September 10-November 12 • 10:15am – noon • Lower FLC
See how life, with its many changes, is a “never-ending time of needing the Lord.” $10.
The Life Care Center
Celebrate Recovery • Sundays, 6pm-8pm • CSM JV Building
Celebrate Recovery is for everyone! It is a Biblical and balanced program, showing the loving power of Jesus Christ throughout the process, to help those with hurts, habits and hang-ups. Celebrate Recovery is now in more than 29,000 churches worldwide and coming to Central this fall. Save the date, and join us as we celebrate what we’ve gained and recover what we’ve lost.
Laugh Your Way to a Better Relationship • Mondays, September 11-November 13
6:30-8pm • Life Care Center
Want a successful, fun-filled marriage? Try laughter. This class, a DVD series, is designed to bring hope to relationships, help couples better understand each other’s needs, and rekindle romance. Engaged couples are encouraged to attend.
DivorceCare • Mondays, September 11-December 4 • 6:30-8pm • Life Care Center
A Christ-centered, 13-week DVD-based ministry program, DivorceCare offers a safe place to help people who are experiencing separation and divorce find help for the hurts and hope for the future as they experience God’s healing power.
The Singlehood Phenomenon • Saturday, October 14 • 9am-12:30pm • Lower FLC
Drs. Tom and Beverly Rodgers, Christian counselors for more than 30 years, will share biblical insights and strategies to help singles: 1) thrive in their life’s purpose and important relationships 2) maneuver in the dating arena 3) heal from broken relationships 4) meet the challenges of single parenting and building a new family structure. Dating or engaged couples are encouraged to attend.