Adult Faith Formation

At CPC, we view faith formation as a process that informs, forms, and transforms us into disciples of Jesus Christ. Faith formation in the Christian church encourages people of all ages to:

  • Grow in our relationship with God throughout our lives;
  • Live as disciples of Jesus Christ at home, at work, and in the world; 
  • Develop an understanding of the Bible and our faith tradition;
  • Deepen our spiritual life and practices;
  • Engage in service and mission;
  • Relate the Christian faith to life today; and
  • Participate in the life and ministries of the faith community.

Faith Formation at CPC includes a variety of opportunities for learning and growing in faith for all ages. We hope you will enjoy learning with and from others on your faith journey. Please contact Reverend Alan Bancroft through the church office with any questions.

adult classes

We hope you will share the excitement we have about opportunities for Adult Faith Formation. Recognizing the diversity of our member needs and interests, we offer variety in format and content. We invite you to read below about current adult faith formation offerings.


The Pastor's Class
Sunday mornings at 9:15-10:15 in the CPC Fellowship Hall

Herman Who?  
An Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics

Come join us, and bring a friend!
"Hermen-Who?" The History of Biblical Hermeneutics –— exploring the tools, rules, and practices of biblical interpretation.

It seems to me that many of the current hot-topic debates within mainline Christian churches have as the underlying and foundational issue this question, "What set of interpretive practices are we bringing to our engagement with scripture?"  This class is meant to simply familiarize participants with the long and complex history of biblical interpretation and how it either informs (or not) our own habits and attitudes about what we mean when we say the bible is the “Word of God.”  

This will naturally raise questions about:
*  the inspiration of scripture – what do we mean when we claim it is inspired revelation?
*  the authority of scripture – what is the basis of its authority?
*  and the joy and struggle which people of God have apparently always had - to take the text and interpret its meaning for their circumstance.

I will not be trying to convince students to adopt any one view as the only “correct” view.  My aim, instead, will be to expose us all to the many varied approaches to these questions which have been used throughout the history of Judaism/Christianity by faithful people who wanted very much to know what God was saying through scripture.

So come and join us beginning  September 11 as we explore the history of biblical interpretation!  — Pastor  Paul
You may want to pursue the following (clicking on the title should take you to a PDF of the documents):

Presbyterian Understanding and Use of Holy Scripture.

Wednesday Night Virtual Class
Wednesdays from 7:30-8:30 p.m. via Zoom

Our Wednesday night virtual class explores a variety of topics, including Bible study, church history, and current issues. Links to podcasts and videos discussed are emailed weekly, so you can also follow along with the class in your own time. Topics planned are listed below. All are welcome and we would love to have you join us!
Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes - Starts September 14
A 5-week study based on a podcast featuring Randy Richards and Brandon O'Brien, authors of Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes. We will examine the ways cultural assumptions can skew our understanding of well-known Bible passages. In class audios followed by discussion.

The History of the Reformation - Starts October 19
A 9-week study of the Protestant Reformation using videos from the Great Courses' History of Christianity II: From the Reformation to the Modern Megachurch. We will learn about the leaders and movements that shaped our Christian denominations. In class videos followed by discussion.

The Pilgrimage
The Pilgrim's Compass
August 28, September 11, and September 18 beginning at 2 PM in the CPC Fellowship Hall.

Pastor Paul is teaching a weekly course based on his book The Pilgrim's Compass: Finding and Following the God We Seek.
To learn more about The Pilgrimage ministry visit the website HERE.