Educational Opportunities for Fall 2013

The leaves have begun to take on warmer hues and the air is growing more crisp. It’s autumn. Just as the children have resumed boarding their big yellow buses, so do the educational opportunities at Wellspring revive. We have several fun and stretching classes and programs available this fall. You can check these out and register below, but first I want to highlight a small shift we’ve made in how to think about education at Wellspring.

We will continue to offer many of the same terrific programs that have helped so many of us grow in our understanding and resemblance of the Lord. We will still have Enrichment Classes, We Are Wellspring, Firestarters, and many more.

Yet many of us, after working through a particular class, have wondered, “What’s next?” It hasn’t always been easy to know the best class to pursue after taking, say, Alpha. Is Passport or the Wellspring School of Leadership a good follow up to Alpha?

To help us all, we’ve grouped our regular education programs into four broader categories that describe the kinds of things we’re often seeking in education. The idea is simple: find the category that best describes your interests and find a class or program within that category. Have a look, then continue down to see our offerings in each category this fall.

New To Wellspring

If you are New to Wellspring these are the classes you should begin with. Learn more about what makes Wellspring a special place, meet leaders in the community, and find out how you might uniquely contribute to who we are.
Common Options:

Continuing Education

Continuing Education is meant to be flexible and relaxed. Just because you can’t invest loads of time and energy doesn’t mean you can’t grow. These classes are typically short-term and periodic – perfect for your busy schedule.
Common Options:
  • Enrichment Classes
  • Special Events


Discipleship is the church’s word for growing in your faith in Christ along with other Christians. Our discipleship classes are meant to do just that: helping us become more like Jesus together.
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Advanced Education

Advanced Education is for those who want to get the most of themselves. These intensive classes typically require a lot of time and hard work, but the payoff in personal growth will match it.
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Fall 2013 Educational Opportunities:

New to Wellspring

We Are Wellspring

Sundays at 9:00am, September 29 – December 15

Consider We Are Wellspring the introduction to the Wellspring community – Wellspring 101. Each of the 12 classes is designed to orient you to one of the core values and major beliefs of Wellspring Church. This is the backbone to everything we do at Wellspring. It is a perfect opportunity to learn about Wellspring, to meet leaders in the church, and to connect with others in the community. This is who we are, what we do, why we do it, and how you can get involved.

No cost and no registration – just drop in!



Tuesdays at 6:30pm, October 1 – December 17

Alpha is an opportunity for anyone to explore the Christian faith in a relaxed, nonthreatening setting over a ten week time period. It is especially designed for those who want to investigate and establish whether Jesus Christ has any real relevance for their lives. The course is typically run in the fall and spring. Alpha consists of dinner, a talk addressing a key issue relating to the Christian faith, and a small group where there is an opportunity to ask questions, express opinions, and discuss the topic of the evening.
Continuing Education


Enrichment Classes

Wednesdays at 7:00pm, October 2 – November 13

Worship Lab with Pastor Wesley Zinn & Andrew Springman.

While most of our corporate worship experience is expressed through songs and prayer, worship is much more. Therefore, we are providing a true lab environment for corporate worship. We will create a safe place to experiment with expressions and expressiveness.  We will also create stretching experiences that will help us expand our boundaries with a goal of widening and deepening our corporate worship environment. The lab is open to all worshipers, not just musicians and singers. Come experiment and practice with us.

Cost is $20.


Is God to Blame? with Mike McKinniss & James Allen

When many of us encounter real suffering in our own lives or the lives of those we love, questions flood our minds and seem to dominate our existence. Chief among these is whether God is at all to blame for the tragedy we experienced. Often, when we seek answers to these questions, we get answers that are too brief and unsatisfying. Join us in this class to look past the pat answers and explore what Jesus has to say about the suffering we endure.

Cost is $30 (includes book).


Special Event

Peacemakers Seminar

December 6-7

Rev. Dennis Reiter returns to Wellspring for a two day workshop on conflict resolution. Learn healthy strategies for dealing with the inevitable conflicts in our families, our friendships, and our workplaces. The event is sponsored by the Wellspring School of Leadership, but is open to the public.

Advanced Education

Elijah House II

Mondays at 6:30, October 26 – April 5

This school will help you discover scriptural answers to many searching questions we all have about life, God, and ourselves. Have you ever wondered why you think, feel, speak and act the way you do? Have you ever wondered why things happen in your lives and relationships the way they do, and why God allows certain things to happen? Jesus desires to bring you into wholeness through true change and breakthrough at the heart level. He wants to equip you with greater vision and hope for the future…to take you into a deeper, more exciting and fulfilling love relationship with Him, and to prepare, empower, and release you into a new anointing to help others. In Elijah House School of Ministry 202 (Formerly EH Basic 2) students learn to apply 201 level skills to specific problems such as sexual issues, shame, depression, generational sins, etc.

Pre-requisite: Elijah House I. Contact for questions and inquiries.

Wellspring School of Leadership

Tuesdays at 6:00pm

Spiritual Formation with Debbie McKinniss

September 3 – October 8

This course emphasizes the basic principles and tools for the healing and ongoing transformation of the whole person according to God’s Word.  Students will identify bad fruit in their own lives and others’ lives, such as unforgiveness, bitterness, negative decisions and other strongholds that hinder them from living in wholeness.  Students will also engage in the study and practice of time-tested spiritual disciplines.


Old Testament Survey with Mike McKinniss

October 15 – November 26

This course provides students with the basic skills necessary for interpreting the Old Testament and includes an exploration of its history, distinctive genres, and dominant themes.  Practical Bible study experience is a major part of this course.


New Testament Survey with Mike McKinniss

December 3 – January 21

Building from the principles established in Old Testament Survey, this class provides an overview of the New Testament message.  Special attention is paid to the life and work of Jesus and its implications for the 21st century world.

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