September 4 - September 25 (four week class), taught by Greg Couser.
Figuring out a church can be a challenge. Sometimes this is true even if you've been at a church for a while. EBC's ABC's is about figuring out the who, why and what of Emmanuel Baptist Church. We want to make it easier to figure us out. If you're new to EBC, we want to give you the information you need for deciding whether or not to make EBC your home church. If you've been around for a while, we want to remind you of who we are and where were going so that you can better utilize the resources available to you as well as engage more fully in the life and mission of the church. Topics will include leaders and leadership structure, mission and beliefs, ministries of the church, and more.
Greg has pastored at Emmanuel for 22 years. He is married to Ronna, his wife of 33 years. They have four daughters, two sons-in-law, and two grandchildren. Greg has a bachelor’s in Pastoral Studies and a Master of Arts in New Testament from Liberty University, a Master of Divinity from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in New Testament from Aberdeen University, Scotland. Greg is a Senior Professor of New Testament and Greek at Cedarville University where he is primarily involved in training young men and women for ministries in the church and/or academy.
The Holy Spirit
September 4 - September 25 (four week class), taught by Steve Ruffner.
The Bible teaches us to "be filled with the Spirit." But even though the Holy Spirit is God and is worthy of our worship, His role in the Christian life is often misunderstood; either over emphasized or overlooked. This four week study will take a look at the nature and work of the Holy Spirit and create a clearer understanding of who He is and the role He plays in the life of Believers.
Plan to study...
Who is the Holy Spirit?
What does the Holy Spirit Do?
What is the Holy Spirit's relationship to you?
What does it mean to be filled with the Spirit?
Identity in Christ
September 4 - November 20 (12 week class), taught by Will Urschel.
Truth and Treats (6th - 8th Grade)
September 4 - November 20 (12 week class), taught by Ryan Samuelsen.
Middle Schoolers! During the Loop hour come hang out at Truth and Treats in the youth room. Ryan Samuelsen will be walking through studies in Christian Apologetics, the Big Picture of the Bible, and the Canon...all over some tasty treats to sweeten the early morning hour.
Youth Leader Training
October 2 - October 23 (four week class), taught by Van Holloway.
If you are interested in the possibility of serving with our youth, please connect with Pastor Van and make this Loop Class a priority. It is crucial that the right people are influencing our youth and leader training is one requirement for anyone who will be working regularly in the youth ministry at EBC. This class will help give you the tools and resources that you need to confidently and effectively influence youth toward Jesus.
All current youth leaders, along with anyone intersted in youth ministry, are invited. The following topics will be addressed:
The mission/vision/values of the EBC youth ministry
Expectations for our youth leaders.
Being an effective youth leader.
Assessing each participants interests, strengths, and availability with the goal of plugging them into some area of youth ministry.
Some of the possible ministry opportunities with our youth include the following:
Sunday evening middle school and high school youth group meetings
Additional leader training on Wednesday evenings thoughout the fall
Friday Nite Alive program at the Greene County Juvenile Detention Center
Boys and Girls Bible Studies
Mentoring and coaching opportunities with our youth
Sunday morning Middle School class during the Loop hour
Camps, retreats, missions trips and other special events
Child Development: Preparing the Child for the Road throughout the Stages of Childhood
Postponed - TBD (four week class), taught by Dr. Ruth Sylvester
In this lively seminar, Ruth coalesces child development, psychology, and scripture to examine why and how to intentionally prepare children to grow cognitively, physically, spiritually, and socially (Luke 2: 52). Four seminars will be offered that examine the following age bands: birth-2 year olds, 3-5 year olds, 6-8 year olds, and 9-12 year olds. Attendance for all seminars is strongly recommended.
Intended audience: Parents, prospective parents, grandparents, teachers, babysitters, or anyone who interacts with children on a regular basis.
Ruth Sylvester is a wife, mother, grandmother (aka Dearie), and professor. She has a BS in elementary education from Tennessee Temple University and an MA in elementary education and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in literacy from the University of South Florida. Prior to her position at Cedarville University, she and her husband, Tim, lived in their hometown of Lakeland, Florida. She is a former 5th grade teacher, school administrator, and professor at a research intensive university in Florida. She presents her work at regional and national literacy and teacher education conferences and has published in both research and practitioner journals as well as contributed chapters to several books.
College Drinking: Don't be a Statistic
October 30 & November 6, taught by Rebecca Tuck
According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 1,825 college student between ages 18 to 24 die each year from alcohol-related unintentional injuries.Rebecca Tuck, LPCC-S, LICDC, will educate parents and upcoming college students on the concerns with college drinking.Preventative strategies for students and parents will be discussed.Risk factors and warning signs related to alcohol use disorder will be outlined to give parents and students a better understanding of what leads to alcoholism.
Rebecca Tuck, MA, LPCC-S, LICDC is licensed as a mental health and drug and alcohol counselor and is currently an addictions therapist at Lindner Center of HOPE, a psychiatric hospital located in Mason, OH. Prior to this, Rebecca worked in a community mental health agency, Solutions Community Counseling and Recovery Services. Here she worked as a School-Based Therapist, a Crisis Therapist in a jail and hospital settings, and as an Outpatient Program Supervisor overseeing a team of 12 mental health and addictions clinicians. She had the privilege of working with Judge Rudduck in Clinton County on his drug court docket. She currently is part of a Crisis Intervention Team that provides education to police officers through the Mental Health Recovery Services Board of Warren and Clinton Counties. She also provides prevention education to people on intensive supervision for the Clinton County Court. Rebecca has a Masters of Ministry (Worship Music Concentration) and a Masters of Arts (Counseling) Degree, both from Cincinnati Christian University.
Before becoming a therapist, Rebecca served as the Director of Children and Family Ministries at First Church of Christ in Xenia, Ohio, and Beechwold Christian Church in Columbus, Ohio. It was at First Church of Christ where she met her husband, Matt. Matt and Rebecca live in Xenia, Ohio and have six children, Nicholas 25, Dakota 23, Madison 21, Isabella 12, Samuel 10 and Malachi 4.
Decision Making and the Word of God
October 2 - November 20 (eight week class), taught by Chris Smith
This class is titled Decision Making and the Word of God. To make good Biblical decisions is to have a heart orientation that leads to a Godly expression of the will. In this class we’ll look at a Biblical approach to decision-making. We'll learn how to use the Bible as a resource for decision-making and explore the kind of decision-making that the Bible speaks of. We'll spend time not only thinking about what the Bible says about "what" our decisions should be, but also "how" we are to make our decisions. We'll show that the Bible presents an orientation to life that should govern the way we think, make decisions, and live our lives.
Chris has been married to his wife Christine for 27 years. They have two daughters (Jessica-22, Juliana-16) and two sons (Benjamin-12, Sam-9). Chris met Christine at the University of Portland where he earned a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering and she earned a Bachelor’s in Nursing. Chris served 20 years in the Air Force as a Navigator and program manager before retiring in 2008. During that time he earned a Master’s in Managerial Economics from the University of Oklahoma. Chris now works as an engineer and manager at Georgia Tech Research Institute in Fairborn. Chris and his family moved to Xenia last October when they began attending EBC. They are thankful to be serving the Lord as part of the EBC body.