Number of weeks: 7
Required books?: Yes
Live video session?: Yes, required
Part of a certification or series of courses?: No
Travel together as Adam Hamilton retraces the life and ministry of Jesus Christ and be reminded of familiar stories by drawing upon insights from history, archaeology, and the geography of the Holy Land as we retrace the footsteps of Jesus across Israel and Palestine.
Be virtually transported on the journey to the Holy Land to places described in this study. Travel to the Jordan River where Jesus likely was baptized, and to the Judean wilderness where He was tempted. Walk among the ruins of Capernaum where Jesus made his home during his three years of public ministry. Sit on the mountain where Jesus may have given his most famous sermon. Ride a boat on the Sea of Galilee.
Seeing and experiencing the Holy Land can greatly enhance our understanding of the Bible. Let’s travel this path together.
Learners are required to have the following book for this class:
The Way, Expanded Paperback Edition: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus by Adam Hamilton
Classes are held one hour each Wednesday evening (6:00 PM – 7:00 pm CST).
This course is eligible for 3.0 CEU.
About the Instructor
Reverend Shirley J. Connally is a retired teacher/counselor/minister with a B.A. (English/French), M.Ed. (Counseling & Guidance), M.Div. (Theology) and additional studies on the Doctor of Ministry Degree. She retired from public education with 36 years’ experience as an English teacher and/or secondary counselor. She also taught freshman English at the Houston Community College for several years. Additionally, she served as an adjunct professor at the Charles Harrison Mason Bible College and owned a private practice counseling office for several years.
She has served in ministry in the local church and community for most of her life. She was ordained after completing seminary while serving as an associate with three Baptist pastors and went on to serve as associate and senior pastor in The United Methodist Church. Even though most of her training and service as an adult has been in The United Methodist Church, her childhood years were spent equally divided between three denominations (Methodist, Baptist and Catholic).
She has always been drawn to teaching and helping people, so, naturally using her gifts of teaching and counseling have been dominant in her life. She has offered courses in Christian care and counseling and Bible studies for children, teens, young adults, middle adults and senior adults, reaching all developmental stages of life. She has also offered courses on God’s purpose for the family and prayer retreats, providing time and guidance for those times when we need to go to a quiet place and spend time alone with God. Her prayer is that we can study and continue to develop additional skills and a basic knowledge of how we can use the Bible to help people live better lives.
She is the mother of one daughter in business and one granddaughter. She loves teaching Disciple Bible Studies, serving on the Scholarship Committee, Nursing Home Ministry, St. Stephens Food Pantry and helping wherever she is needed in her church and community. When relaxing she loves reading, crocheting and watching Houston’s #1 sports teams (Texans, Rockets and Astros) and helping people.