Upcoming or Ongoing Bible Studies, classes & seminars
Discipleship – For Everyone
Walking with God in the Desert • Wednesdays through May 31 • 6:30–8:30pm • Lake Park Campus
This seven-session small group Bible Study from Ray Vander Laan comes from Volume XII of the "That the World May Know" series. Learn how God is especially close during the "desert" times in our lives.
Hope For The Gentiles - The Gospel of Mark • Wednesdays, June 7-28 • 6:30–8pm • Lake Park Campus
Although the Gospels present compelling stories of the life, words and works of Jesus, the gospel of Mark stands apart with a unique perspective. Written specifically for the non-Jewish believers during a climate of persecution and suffering in Rome, the gospel of Mark reveals an intimate, yet commanding side of Jesus.
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.
The Early Church • Wednesdays, September 13-October 11 • 6:30-8:30pm • Lake Park Campus
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-November 15 • 6:30-8:30pm • Lake Park Campus
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 Youth, Children And Young Adults
Awana • Wednesdays through May 31 • 6:30pm – 8pm • CSM Kids and CSM Preschool
Scripture-based programs, games and classroom and family activities promote Bible literacy and help preschoolers age 2 and up and kids in grades K-4 develop lifelong faith in Christ. Awana is free. Register here.
Summer Vacation Bible School for Preschoolers
Monday, June 19-Friday, June 23 • 9:30am-12:15pm • CSM Kids Building
Preschoolers ages 3-5 and potty-trained are invited to experience the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of a unique culture at "Passport to Peru" VBS, where kids discover how much God loves the world. Passport to Peru is a whole new environment filled with incredible Bible-learning adventures, cultural experiences, team-building games, unique treats and cool faith-building songs — all amazing standout activities that will help their faith grow in real life. Please register your child at no cost. Registration begins May 1.
Discipleship – For Women
Women's Summer Bible Study: Redeemed • Thursdays, June 1-July 13 • 9:30-11:30am • FLC 106
As the redeemed, we experience a lifelong journey of being transformed into God's image and welcoming the change. As redeemed women, we grow in the grace of Christ, and He calls us to extend grace to others. In this seven-session Video Bible Study, we will explore the practical side of redemption, learn to lean upon Jesus for our help and hope, and increase our passion for God's Word.
Women of Grace Fall Session (Tuesdays)
Tuesdays, September 12-November 14 • 6:45pm – 8:30pm • FLC Seminar Room
Women of Grace Fall Session (Wednesdays)
Wednesdays, September 13-November 15 • 9:30am – 11:30am • FLC Seminar Room
Women, as believers it should be our ultimate goal to be filled where we’re overflowing with Christ so that He is seen in us. This study provides practical guidance for "Experiencing the Fullness of God." 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 • Wednesdays, September 20-November 15 • 9:30-11:30am • FLC 106
Because God loves you, He wants to speak to you. Do you know His voice? There are many voices that sound good, voices that even sound like God, but they are not Him. In this free study, we will learn to discern God’s voice through His Word, His character and His Spirit.
To help women connect in a deeper way with God, each other and themselves. Groups meeting in Charlotte, Mint Hill and SouthPark resume in September. Email email@example.com 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, gift bags and a Friday night after-party.
Discipleship – For Singles
Single Parent Class: "Crazy Love" • Wednesdays through July 19 • 7-9pm • FLC Seminar Room
This free study promises to be an exciting and life-changing experience based on the following theme: "Instead of going through the motions of tradition, God would rather us be in a radical, unconditional, relationship with Him."
Singles: Finding Urself in Christ • Thursdays through June 8 • 6:30 – 8:30pm • JV Building
Discover your identity in Christ, who God created "U" to be, ways to break unhealthy habits, and how "U" fit into the body of Christ. Childcare will be provided for this free class, and the series will conclude with a celebration dinner.
Single Parent Class: "To Live as Christ" • Wednesdays, July 26-October 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.
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.
What you can expect at a Celebrate Recovery meeting:
Congregation group setting
Praise and worship
Small group, break-out sessions
Refreshments and fellowship
In just a few hours, gain the tools to start and run an effective Celebrate Recovery in your church. Leave encouraged, equipped, trained and confident to grow your ministry strong. Rates and registration information available at CelebrateRecovery.com.
REFIT Cardio Class • Tuesdays through May 30 • 6:30pm – 7:30pm • CSM Kids
Enjoy a fun fitness concept designed to create a workout and provide relational community for women. REFIT is for all ages, sizes and abilities, and incorporates Christian and clean music into the playlist. Experience fitness and have a blast while getting in shape.
Grief Recovery Support Group • Thursdays through May 25 • 6:30pm – 8:30pm • FLC 105
GriefShare is a weekly seminar/support group for people dealing with the death of a loved one. It is a place where you can be with those who understand how you feel and the pain of your loss. At GriefShare, you'll learn valuable information that will help you through this difficult time in your life. $25.
Men's Class: The Revelation of Jesus Christ • Thursdays, June 1-August 31 • 6:30 – 8:30pm • FLC 108
Join us as we continue a verse-by-verse study of the New Testament's final book, the Revelation of Jesus Christ. In this in-depth study, we'll come to understand that God has made Revelation understandable - not mysterious - by the use of symbols and images found elsewhere in Scripture.
Marriage Built To Last • Sundays, June 11-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.