Small groups, for the purpose of disciple-development are forming on a regular basis. These discipleship groups are for the purpose of helping members grow in their commitment to Christ and their willingness to help grow the body of Christ by making disciples who make other disciples. Participate in discipleship groups is completely voluntary, but once involved, members are encouraged to maintain a high level of commitment to the disciple-making process through their group.
Adult Sunday School Classes
Sunday School is a great way to meet new friends and share with others what the Bible teaches us about living a Christian life. We encourage you to try several of our adult classes…we know you’ll find one right for you!
Classes meet from 10:15 – 11:00 a.m. each Sunday and range from Bible study to topical formats to discussion on current events in our world. But all have the same goal: To form friendships, community and application of the Scriptures to form our daily living and grow as strong followers of Christ.
College – Room 203/Prayer Room
Leader: Dana Tignor
The Explorers – Room 10
Leaders: Charlie and Mark Reed
Adult Sunday School class. Group directed book topics and Bible studies. Welcoming everyone interested in fellowship and discussion.
Walking in Grace – Room 4
Leader: Julie Cropper
Bible based study focused on scripture, history, and daily life of the Old and New Testaments. We welcome anyone interested in growing in faith through bible study and fellowship.
The Wired Word – Church Office Building
Leaders: Various Class Participants
Topical based on current events; Content received online each week.
J.O.Y. Class (Jesus, Others, You) Room 107
Leaders: Vern Hicks and Jerry Jones
Bible Studies using UMC International Lesson Series
New Crusaders – Library behind Chapel
Leader: Cindy Ashworth
Adult Bible Study that enables Christians across the globe to study the same Scriptures and topics on the same Sundays throughout the year.
Adult Bible Study
An adult Bible study is offered Wednesday evening at 7:00. In this time, adults of all ages discuss various scripture passages and topics from a scriptural perspective. Often studying a full book of the Bible for several weeks consecutively, attenders
are encouraged to share their thoughts and opinions as all participate in discussions
Videos from the series Methodism for Dummies
Life of John Wesley in 5 Minutes is a short, helpful animated video that tells the basic outline of Wesley’s life.
“John Wesley: Methodical Pietist”:
John Wesley: Methodical Pietist is a short biography of John Wesley from Christianity Today.
Who We Are: History, is a link to the UMC.org website, where there are many different articles about Methodist history.
Revival by Adam Hamilton
Revival, a short, very readable book by Adam Hamilton, which helpfully tells the story of the early Methodist movement.
Wesley and the People Called Methodists by Richard Heitzenrater
Wesley and the People Called Methodists – If you want to take a deeper dive into Methodist history, this is probably the best book for you. Heitzenrater is a great narrator of the history of Wesley and the Methodist movement, and he goes into great detail to help you see how it fits in to the larger story of church history.
United Methodist Foundational Documents
United Methodist Foundational Documents – this is a link to a page where you can find the Articles of Religion, the Evangelical United Brethren Confession of Faith, the General Rules of the Methodist Church, and John Wesley’s Notes and Sermons. All of these serve as foundational texts explaining what we believe as United Methodists.
United Methodist Doctrine: The Extreme Center by Bishop Scott C. Jones
United Methodist Doctrine: The Extreme Center – is a book for anyone looking to have a more comprehensive read on what we believe as United Methodists, and how we think through those kinds of questions. It’s not a short read, but he really helpfully breaks down how we think through our theology.
As if the Heart Mattered: A Wesleyan Spirituality by Gregory Clapper
As if the Heart Mattered: A Wesleyan Spirituality – is a very short little book about Wesleyan spirituality, and how we live this out in practical ways in our faith life. I really liked it!
Responsible Grace by Randy Maddox
Responsible Grace – read this book if you’re looking for a big, meaty work of Wesleyan theology,. Maddox is one of the best Wesleyan scholars alive, and he illuminates the genius of Wesley’s way of thinking through the questions of salvation, grace, and sanctification. This is very much not an easy read, but I consider it the best book on understanding Wesleyan theology.
Resources for RESET: Holy Habits for Distracted People
In this series, we are digging in to understand better how our habits shape us into followers of Jesus. Below are some resources that might be helpful to you and your family are looking to grow in these areas. This page will be updated throughout the series.
Two book recommendation for further study for the whole series:
- The Common Rule by Justin Whitmel Earley. Here you can visit the website that outlines the various practices recommended in the book, and discern which you might like to adopt into your family life.
- You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit by James K.A. Smith. This is a book to go a little deeper into the theological understanding of how the way we go through our days forms us into followers of Jesus.
Holy Limits: Using Technology Wisely
- The Tech-Wise Family by Andy Crouch. This is a great book for families to read to learn more about ways to think through how to use technology wisely in the home.
- 10 Commandments for a “Tech-Wise Family”. Read this article that helpfully condenses the book, and offers some of the practical guidance Andy Crouch recommends for families to consider.
Questions for Technology Use (adapted from Tech-Wise Family):
Is this helping me bond with real people?
Is this starting great conversations?
Is this helping me care for my fragile body?
Is this helping me develop skills or just consume media?
Is this helping me cultivate awe and responsibility for the created world?
And finally, …
Am I using this tech with intention and care?
Holy Rhythms: Balancing Work and Rest
- BibleProject video on the Sabbath: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFTLvkB3JLM. The Bible Project makes wonderful videos on biblical topics; this one is a great primer on the biblical understanding of the Sabbath.
- Book: 24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life by Matthew Sleeth, M.D. This book brings a doctor’s perspective who, by practicing the Sabbath, was led into faith in Jesus.
- Book: Mudhouse Sabbath: An Invitation into a Life of Spiritual Disciplines by Lauren F. Winner. In this book, the author writes of how her Jewish richly contributed to her spiritual practices as a Christian. You can read an article from Lauren winner on the Sabbath here.
Holy Homes: Praying and Eating at Home
- Article from the book Faith for Exiles by Dave Kinnaman and Mark Matlock: https://www.barna.com/research/of-the-four-exile-groups-only-10-are-resilient-disciples/
- Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life by Tish Harrison Warren. This book anchors us in how our daily habits in the home shape and form us as disciples of Jesus.
- Every Moment Holy by Douglas Kaine McKelvey. This beautiful book contains liturgies for everyday practices, creating holy moments in otherwise ordinary parts of the day. Especially helpful if you are looking for prayers to say before meals.
Holy Wisdom: Seeking Truth in the Age of Social Media
- The Wisdom Pyramid by Brett McCracken. This book gives a helpful Christian framework to thinking about how to seek wisdom in the information overload of social media.
- The Social Dilemma (Netflix). This documentary on Netflix helps describe how the algorithms have led us to be more isolated, divided, and lonelier than ever.
Asbury church regularly has members in mission activities. From as close as Ida Spence Mission in Covington, KY to as far away as Haiti, Thailand, and Peru, members of Asbury’s family have gone to serve Christ in many parts of the world. Activities on mission trips range from constructing churches and homes to offering some medical services to working with children and youth to share the love of Jesus with them. New possibilities for mission involvement are developing now.
For women who enjoy crafting, Asbury’s Crafty Ladies offer a relaxed opportunity to do crafts of all kinds in a warm, friendly environment. Crafts made by this group are then sold at the annual craft fair from which the profits are given to various local and foreign missions. Crafty ladies meet in the lower level of the office building each Thursday from February through November, 10:00 – 2:00.