First Baptist University

food for thought, care for the soul

First Baptist Church Decatur invites the Decatur community and all who are interested to participate in a new Christian education and support program in 2017.

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First Baptist University offers food for thought, care for the soul and body, and service to our community, motivated by and grounded in our Christian faith. Below is a preview of the courses for the short five week FBU May Term and the FBU Spring Term, March 8-April 26. All classes are free, though you may be encouraged to buy reading materials.

Courses begin at 6:30 p.m. and in most cases end at 7:30 p.m. All courses are led by qualified teachers or facilitators and are free with the exception of any study materials. Everyone is welcome. Support groups close to new participants after two weeks to facilitate meaningful conversation. 

An optional dinner is available in our Carreker Fellowship Hall for $7 starting at 5:30 p.m.

Course Registration and Childcare
While there is no charge for FBU courses and registration is not required, it would help our planning to know if you are coming—and especially if you are bringing children and/or teenagers. Please contact Edwina Cowgill (ecowgill@fbcdecatur.com or 404-373-1653 ext 2230) to let us know about your attendance and childcare needs. Thank you.


FBU May — may Term Courses 2017

Who Was Dietrich BonhoeffeR?

Rev. Dr. David Gushee, our Interim Pastor, will teach the five week course: Who Was Dietrich Bonhoeffer?

During the five weeks in May, our First Baptist University program will offer a special focus on the Christian legend Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), the German theologian and pastor who resisted the Nazis and was executed on Hitler's orders just before the end of World War II. Bonhoeffer would have been significant for his scholarly work alone, which was brilliant enough that many think he was one of the most important theologians of the 20th century, even though he never turned 40. But what continues to attract people to Bonhoeffer is his unique journey from privileged aristocrat, to pastor and theologian, to resistance leader and finally to being a participant in coup efforts against Adolf Hitler.

This five-week course, led by David Gushee with help from Matt Snyder, will offer an introduction to the life and thought of Bonhoeffer. (No other FBU courses will be offered in May other than Total Body Conditioning, for those who are now thoroughly unable to function without their weekly dose of Wednesday exercise.)

While there are many great books on Bonhoeffer, our course textbook will be the very concise work by Christiane Tietz, Theologian of Resistance: The Life and Thought of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Facilitator: David Gushee
Location: In Carreker Hall, First Floor Sanctuary Building


The only other adult course offering for the short May term will be Total Body Conditioning for those wanting to continue their weekly FBU exercise routine.

TOTAL BODY CONDITIONING

A one-hour high-intensity exercise program which includes a full body workout with a fun and challenging mixture of stretching, cardio and resistance training set to high energy music. Continue sweating out that stress and working on cardio and strength training.

Facilitator: Kristian Smith
Kristian is a Certified Personal Trainer and
Group Fitness Instructor
For questions about this class, contact Kristian: 256-508-2930 or kristiansmith02@gmail.com

Location: S-300, Dance Studio, Third Floor Sanctuary Building


FBU kids

Preschoolers will discover how God used people in very dramatic ways, leading us to think of them as heroes of the faith. Children in Grades 1-5 will be “Growing in Grace” through music and drama. Students will be grouped by grades and will alternate between music and drama sessions each week.

Facilitators: Dale Doud and Team
Location: Children's classes in E-218, E-219 and Childcare in E-106


FBU youth

Youth from sixth to twelfth grade are invited to spend time growing in community. Activities will include Story Time relating to what we’re experiencing in our lives and faith journey. We will also have Current Event Discussions focused on the world’s tough topics. Sprinkled throughout will be weeks for card/board/video games.

Facilitator: Billy Roberts
Location: In S-320 Youth Room, Third Floor Sanctuary Building


SPRING Term Courses 2017
March 8–April 26

Find your spring course from the listing here.
Complete spring classroom locations will be posted soon.


BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS

Computer-phobic? Need to learn basic computer skills like getting online or sending email, or somewhat more advanced skills? Let us teach you.

Facilitators: Randall Hampton, Katie Base Roberts, Aaron McGinnis
Location: In S-308, Third Floor Sanctuary Building


FBU kids

Preschoolers will discover how God used people in very dramatic ways, leading us to think of them as heroes of the faith. Children in Grades 1-5 will be “Growing in Grace” through music and drama. Students will be grouped by grades and will alternate between music and drama sessions each week.

Facilitators: Dale Doud and Team
Location: Children's classes in E-218, E-219 and Childcare in E-106


FBU youth

Youth from sixth to twelfth grade are invited to spend time growing in community. Activities will include Story Time relating to what we’re experiencing in our lives and faith journey. We will also have Current Event Discussions focused on the world’s tough topics. Sprinkled throughout will be weeks for card/board/video games.

Facilitator: Billy Roberts
Location: In S-320 Youth Room, Third Floor Sanctuary Building


LGBTQ support group

A support group for LGBT Christians, and for LGBT people of Christian background who may struggle to connect with Christ or the Church. A place to share journeys, look for God’s presence, and support one another for the road ahead.

Facilitators: Amelia Markham and Theron Clark-Stuart
Location: In S-214, Second Floor Sanctuary Building


marriage enrichment class

A course that will help couples explore and strengthen their relationships using PREPARE/ENRICH, a scientifically proven program that will make a significant impact in the life of the couple.

Facilitators: Monique Wischusen, M.S., LMFT
Location: In S-216, First Floor Sanctuary Building


loving someone addicted

This class is for parents, children or other loved ones of someone who is addicted. Topics covered will include: Understanding addiction; our role in the addiction process; our role in the recovery process; treatment options and resources; coping skills for staying sane; stories of success and failure. This will not be a 12-step class, but will include introducing the participant to 12-step programs and concepts.

Facilitators: Each of the facilitators has close family members who have struggled with various addictions.
Chaplain Larry Connelly, M.Div., BCC is experienced in group dynamics and leading support groups. He has participated for many years with Families Anonymous.
Debra Dantzler, PhD, LPC, MAC, NCC, CPCS — licensed therapist who holds a certification as an Addiction Counselor. She has worked in the field of addiction treatment for the past 22 years. She is also an active participant with Al-Anon.
Rob Stanback has participated many years with Codependents Anonymous (CoDA). You may email Rob here concerning the class if you would like.

Location: In S-218, Seond Floor Sanctuary Building


restorative justice II — THE DEATH PENALTY

The justice course continues with a focus on America’s practice of capital punishment and how it should be viewed in Christian perspective

Facilitator: Linsey Addington
Linsey is a third year seminarian at McAfee School of Theology and serves on staff at Scott Boulevard Baptist Church as the Aging Ministry Intern. She also works at Lee Arrendale State Prison for Women.
Location: In the Parlor, First Floor Sanctuary Building


The epistle of James

A study of the feisty and demanding New Testament letter of James.

Facilitator: Keith Pierce
Location: In Carreker Hall, First Floor Sanctuary Building


TOTAL BODY CONDITIONING

A one-hour high-intensity exercise program which includes a full body workout with a fun and challenging mixture of stretching, cardio and resistance training set to high energy music. Continue sweating out that stress and working on cardio and strength training.

Facilitator: Kristian Smith
Kristian is a Certified Personal Trainer and
Group Fitness Instructor
For questions about this class, contact Kristian: 256-508-2930 or kristiansmith02@gmail.com

Location: S-300, Dance Studio, Third Floor Sanctuary Building


understanding how the bible was developed II: FROM CANON FORMATION TO TODAY'S ENGLISH BIBLES

This course on the Bible’s development continues with a focus on Bible translations in church history and then the development of various English Bible translations.

Facilitator: Bill Fulkerson
Bill is retired from the Southern Baptist Home Mission Board where he served as the Director of the Department of Immigration and Refugee Resettlement.

Location: S-127, Alert Classroom, First Floor Sanctuary Building


Voice Class for adults

Come learn the ins and outs of singing: posture, breathing, resonance and tone.  Learn at least one song with the chance to perform it for your classmates, friends and families.

Facilitator: Kathryn Hartgrove
Location: S-226, Second Floor Sanctuary Building