Studies + Classes

The Brentwood United Methodist Church campus is closed for now, but our ministry never stops. We're now offering online and limited in-person worship at 8:30 and 11 a.m.

We believe that authentic growth in the Christian faith happens in a community where we gather to study and learn what it means to live as disciples of Christ. Classes and studies vary in length from 4 to 34 weeks, depending on the specific study. Looking for a Sunday School class? We have a number of classes ranging in age, marital status, and discussion topics.

Short-Term Studies

  • Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self

    Mondays beginning August 17, 1-2:30 p.m. (10 weeks)

    This 10-week Richard Rohr study is an opportunity to mine for the real you that has been there all along, hidden under the trappings of ego and False Self. As Richard Rohr writes, “Life is not a matter of creating a special name for ourselves, but of uncovering the name we have always had.” Purchase the book before the first class: “Immortal Diamond” by Richard Rohr

    This class is for those who are Navigating the Path of our Intentional Discipleship Journey. Wonder if this class is for you? Take our assessment to find out where you are in the Journey!

  • Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life

    Tuesdays beginning September 15, 6:30-7:15 p.m. (7 weeks)

    How can losing your keys, being stuck in traffic or arguing with someone become a time of worship? Exploring sacred practices in your ordinary day might just be fun. Join Judith Bone for 7 weeks for LITURGY OF THE ORDINARY by Tish Harrison Warner. Purchase the book before the first class: “Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life” by Tish Harrison Warren

    This class is for those who are Setting Out on our Intentional Discipleship Journey. Wonder if this class is for you? Take our assessment to find out where you are in the Journey!

  • Making Sense of the Bible

    Tuesdays beginning September 15, 7-8 p.m. (6 weeks)

    Are you curious about the Bible but just don’t know how to begin studying it? This 6-week video-based class is designed to give you the foundation for further study. You’ll learn what the Bible is, what it is not, how it came to be written, and how it can change your life. Purchase your book before the first class: “Making Sense of the Bible: Rediscovering the Power of the Scripture Today” by Adam Hamilton

    This class is for those who are Setting Out on our Intentional Discipleship Journey. Wonder if this class is for you? Take our assessment to find out where you are in the Journey!

  • For His Glory – Women’s Bible Study with Lou Anne Jacobs

    Wednesdays beginning September 16, 9:30-11 a.m.

    In this study for women, Marian Jordan Ellis leads us in an in-depth study of Ephesians to help us dismantle the lies we’ve believed about ourselves and replace them with a new identity built on God’s Word. Drawing on her own journey of transformation and her passion to equip women to overcome shame, insecurity, inferiority, and condemnation, Marian invites us on a journey to discover our true worth in Christ, our status as beloved children of God, and our glorious calling as His masterpiece: “For His Glory - Women's Bible Study Participant Workbook: Living as God's Masterpiece” by Marian Jordan Ellis

    This class is for those who are Navigating the Path of our Intentional Discipleship Journey. Wonder if this class is for you? Take our assessment to find out where you are in the Journey!

  • Women’s Bible Study with Carol Bumbalough

    Thursdays, Beginning September 17, 9:30-11 a.m.

    Registration will open soon

    This class is for those who are Navigating the Path of our Intentional Discipleship Journey. Wonder if this class is for you? Take our assessment to find out where you are in the Journey!

  • The Path Between Us: An Enneagram Journey

    Thursdays beginning September 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (6 weeks)

    In this 6-week class, we explore "The Path Between Us: An Enneagram Journey to Healthy Relationships" by Suzanne Stabile. In it, she explores the nine Enneagram types and how they behave and experience relationships in a way that will guide readers into deeper insights about themselves, their types, and others’ personalities so that they can have healthier, more life-giving relationships. Most of us have no idea how others see or process their experiences. That can make relationships hard, whether with intimate partners, with friends, or in our professional lives. Understanding the motivations and dynamics of these different personality types can be the key that unlocks sometimes mystifying behavior in others and in ourselves. 

    This is not an introductory class. Participants should be familiar with their own Enneagram number and should be doing ongoing Enneagram work.

    This class is for those who are Navigating the Path or Forging Ahead on our Intentional Discipleship Journey. Wonder if this class is for you? Take our assessment to find out where you are in the Journey!

Long-Term Studies

  • Jesus in the Gospels

    Sundays beginning September 13, 5-7 p.m. (32 weeks)

    A 32-week in-depth study of the Gospels which will help you know the Jesus of the Scriptures more intimately. Learn how he lived his life, how he prayed, what he focused on. There are two books for this class. Please purchase both before the first class. Available from cokesbury.com:  “Jesus in the Gospels Study Manual” and “Jesus in the Gospels Gospel Comparisons”

    This class is for those who are Forging Ahead on our Intentional Discipleship Journey. Wonder if this class is for you? Take our assessment to find out where you are in the Journey!

  • Disciple I: Becoming a Disciple Through Bible Study

    Wednesdays beginning September 16, 6-8 p.m. (34 weeks)

    This 34-week, in-depth and life-changing study gives the Old and New Testaments equal time, emphasizing the wholeness of the Bible as a revelation of God. DISCIPLE draws upon the work of scholars, the personal Bible reading and study of the participant, and dynamic group discussion to aid understanding of the Bible. Please purchase your study manual before the first class at cokesbury.com: “Disciple I: Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study”

    This class is for those who are Forging Ahead on our Intentional Discipleship Journey. Wonder if this class is for you? Take our assessment to find out where you are in the Journey!

Sunday School

Our Sunday School classes are currently meeting virtually! Contact Carol Bumbalough to learn more about connecting with a class!

  • 20/30

    Singles & Couples, 20s & 30s

    Meeting Time: 9:30 a.m.

    Location: Counseling Center 2nd floor

    Class Size: 10-20

    20/30 is a place for young adults who are navigating their way through life to experience belonging and find true community. The class is discussion-based, led by various teachers.

    Contact Rev. Shelby Slowey at sslowey@bumc.net to learn more.

  • Acts 2:42

    Singles & Couples, all ages

    Meeting Time: 9:30 a.m.

    Location: A393

    Class Size: 25-40

    This teacher-led Bible study includes spirited discussion, as well as frequent fellowship opportunities and mission projects.

  • Bible to Life

    Diverse in age & marital status

    Meeting Time: 9:30 a.m.

    Location: B140

    Class Size: 10-15

    Applying the Bible to our daily lives. This class is great for those with little Bible knowledge who are interested in learning more.

  • Challengers

    Couples, ages 50-60

    Meeting Time: 9:30 a.m.

    Location: Counseling Center-Main Room

    Class Size: 10-15

    This discussion-based class is an examination of belief and current issues.

  • Christ Centered Families

    Couples, ages 30s & 40s

    Meeting Time: 9:30 a.m.

    Location: B153B

    Class Size: 10-20

    Christ Centered Families serves young families with children, led by a variety of teachers.

  • Connections

    Singles & Couples, ages 40s - 70s

    Meeting Time: 9:30 a.m.

    Location: B152a

    Class Size: 15-25

    Connections alternates between various book studies and Bible studies, led by a variety of teachers.

  • Crossroads

    Singles & Couples, ages 50s & 60s

    Meeting Time: 9:30 a.m.

    Location: A281C

    Class Size: 35-55

    We're couples and singles with college-age and young adult children, learning how to live a Christ-centered life during life's crossroads. This class is led by a regular teacher.

  • Discovery

    Demographic: Singles & Couples, ages 30s - 50s

    Meeting Time: 9:30 a.m.

    Location: Buchanan House 101

    Class Size: 10-15

    There is a lot of noise, and God speaks even amidst the contemporary issues of our day. Be challenged to a new level of listening. This class is led by a variety of teachers.

  • Encounter

    Singles & Couples, ages 60+

    Meeting Time: 9:30 a.m.

    Location: A391

    Class Size: 25-35

    A diverse group coming together to worship God through prayer, Bible study, service together, fellowship, and support for each other. This class is led by a regular teacher.

  • Faith Builders

    Singles & Couples, ages 40s & 50s

     

    Meeting Time: 9:30 a.m.

    Location: A392

    Class Size: 15-25

    This class builds Christian faith in our lives and families through study, support, and service, led by a variety of teachers.

  • Faith Fellowship

    Singles & Couples, ages 40s - 70s

    Meeting Time: 11 a.m.

    Location: A392

    Class Size: 5-15

    Faith Fellowship is an active class focused primarily on Bible study, led by a variety of teachers.

  • Family Covenant

    Couples, age 40s

    Meeting Time: 9:30 a.m.

    Location: B152b

    Class Size: 10-20

    This covenant group is committed to a journey of faith through love, support, and a deeper study of Scripture, led by a regular teacher.

  • FUSE

    Singles & Couples, ages 30s & 40s

    Meeting Time: 5:15 p.m.

    Location: Buchanan House

    Class Size: 8-15

    FUSE meets on Sunday evenings when Williamson County Schools are in session. 

  • Genesis

    Demographic: Singles & Couples, ages 60s & 70s

    Meeting Time: 9:30 a.m.

    Location: Buchanan House 102

    Class Size: 20-30

    This is a class focused on caring and sharing! We're led by a variety of teachers.

  • Good Path

    Singles & Couples, ages 50s & 60s

    Meeting Time: 9:30 a.m.

    Location: B163

    Class Size: 15-30

    Good Path is a discussion-based class with an emphasis on living daily life from a faith perspective, led by a regular teacher.

  • Joyful Noise

    Singles & Couples, ages 60s & 70s

    Meeting Time: 9:30 a.m.

    Location: A291

    Class Size: 80-100

    This class is Scripture-based with a lecture/discussion format, led by regular teachers.

  • Life Lessons

    Couples, 50s

    Meeting Time: 9:30 a.m.

    Location: A184

    Class Size: 15-30

    This class is a lecture/discussion format covering spiritual and family issues, led by a variety of teachers.

  • New Beginnings

    Ages 30s & 40s

    Meeting Time: 9:30 a.m.

    Location: A394

    Class Size: 15-20

    This discussion-based group covers studies of marriage, Bible studies, and contemporary issues from a Christian perspective, led by a variety of teachers.

  • New Covenant

    Singles & Couples, ages 50s & 60s

    Meeting Time: 9:30 a.m.

    Location: A281B

    Class Size: 25-40

    Class members explore their faith using study, service, fellowship, prayer, and laughter to create long-term relationships, led by a variety of teachers.

  • Passages

    Mixed, ages 60s & 70's

    Meeting Time: 9:30 a.m.

    Location: A389

    Class Size: 25-35

    This is a lecture/discussion-based class that covers diverse topics, led by a variety of teachers.

  • Robert I. Moore

    Couples, Widows & Widowers, ages 70+

    Meeting Time: 9:30 a.m.

    Location: A281A

    Class Size: 40-60

    Robert I. Moore is a lecture-based study of the Bible and Christianity, led by a variety of teachers.

  • Seekers

    Singles & Couples, ages 50+

    Meeting Time: 9:30 a.m.

    Location: B149

    Class Size: 20-40

    Seekers is a class that covers contemporary issues, Bible studies, and varying topics, led by a variety of teachers.

  • Spirited Singles

    Singles, ages 55+

    Meeting Time: 9:30 a.m.

    Location: A390

    Class Size: 15-20

    This is an active class of singles-again, never-marrieds, widows, and widowers – most with adult children – whose studies are Biblically-based and mission-oriented, led by a variety of teachers.

  • Spiritual Union

    Couples, ages 40s

    Meeting Time: 9:30 a.m.

    Location: A191

    Class Size: 15-25

    This class follows a lecture/discussion format, led by a variety of teachers.

  • Wesley Forum

    Singles & Couples, ages 70+

    Meeting Time: 9:30 a.m.

    Location: A292

    Class Size: 55-75

    Wesley Forum is built on spiritual fellowship. This class is led by current and retired clergy or class members, sometimes with outside speakers.