The Christian Formation Hour starts at 9:15 for all ages. Traditional Sunday school—Christian Formation for all ages—mirrors the school year. Generally, we offer at least three (3) classes for Adults.

The Adult Forum offers various classes on contemporary issues in our community and the world, asking the question, “Where does our faith intersect with the world around us and how do we, as Christians respond?”  A variety of guest speakers, including professors from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the School of Theology at Sewanee, parishioners, clergy throughout the diocese and others, lead the conversation.  SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS for The Forum may be found in The Staff Newsletter during the academic school year.

The Lectionary Class looks at the Lessons of the day, offering lively and informal discussion of the three lessons heard in our worship service. The Lectionary Class meets in the Library year round.

Bringing It On Home is focuses on ways to deepen and enrich faith life at home, particularly for young families.  The assistant rector, the Christian Formation coordinator and guest speakers will contribute to this series. Bringing it home meets in the Lupton Reading Room.

Weekdays and Special Events:

Men’s Bible Study
A lay-led men’s bible study, open to the Good Shepherd community and beyond, meets Wednesday mornings from 7 – 8 a.m. in the Library during the current renovation to Talbird Hall.

On the 2nd & 4th Thursday’s of the month an evening bible study is held from 6:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. in the Lupton Reading Room.

Women’s Bible Study
Led by the rector, the women’s bible study meets Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 in the library.

Contemplative Prayer Groups
Contemplative prayer groups meet Tuesdays from 11:15-11:45 in the library and Wednesdays from 4 – 5:45 p.m.  in the Lupton Reading Room.

Wednesday Night Oasis
After the Wednesday Eucharist (5:30 p.m.) in the Chapel. At 6:00 p.m.  join us for dinner (Shepherd’s Night Out) in Talbird Hall, adults are invited to stay for 45 minutes of learning and discussion led by the rector or assistant rector.  Conversation is usually based on a chosen book, but participants do not have to have read the book to take part.

efmEducation for Ministry (EfM)
An EfM group meets on Tuesdays evenings in the Lupton Reading Room.  To learn more information about EfM in general, click here: .  Contact Angie at to learn more about joining the Good Shepherd EfM class.

Developing Capable Young People
DCYP is a course for parents and others who work with young people aimed at developing three perceptions and four skills which determine how effectively young people will deal with life.  Young people who are strengthened in these assets normally increase in character, resiliency and other human intelligences essential for healthy living and success in personal relationships, school and the work world.  DCYP is offered each semester to Good Shepherd parishioners and Good Shepherd School parents.