Educational Opportunities

Connecting to God, Each Other and The Word

 Pataskala Nazarene offers a number of educational opportunities for all ages which allow people to share and learn about the Bible, our beliefs, and each other. See below for information regarding our current offerings.  For additional information regarding any of these classes, contact the church office during normal office hours or use the "Contact Us" link located at the top of the page.


Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage

Led by Pastor Gary Reiss

Sundays at 9:45am in the Choir Room (Upstairs)

Mark Gungor's wildly popular seminar, Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage, has shown success with tens of thousands of couples who credit him with enriching, and even saving, their marriages.  By using his unique blend of humor and tell-it-like-it-is honesty, he helps couples get along and have fun doing it.

Through exploring a variety of subjects including the myth of a "soul mate," the different ways men and women think, the conflicting levels of libido, and the necessity to forgive, Gungor proves that the key to marital bliss is not romance or destiny - it's work and skill.  Couples need to work hard at maintaining their relationship and to have the skills to pull it off.  The longer spouses wait to learn these skills, the greater their chance of wanting to bail, yet Gungor makes it easy for couples to bring their relationship to the next level.

The Power of Praying for your Adult Children

By Stormie Omartian.  Meets weeknights in class members homes.  Led by Laura Taylor.

In this important follow-up to The Power of a Praying Parent, Stormie addresses areas of concern you may have for your grown children and shares how to lift them up to God. With stories from other parents and insight gleaned from personal experience, Stormie helps you pray with the power of God's Word over your adult children and their career choices, marriages/relationships, parenting skills/leadership, struggles, addictions or emotional trials, faith commitment and prayer life. It doesn't matter how young or old they are; you can rest in the power of God working through your prayers.

The Armour of God

By Priscilla Shirer. Sundays beginning November 6.  Led by Madonna Davis.

All day, every day, an invisible war rages around you — unseen, unheard, yet felt throughout every aspect of your life. A devoted, devilish enemy seeks to wreak havoc on everything that matters to you: your heart, your mind, your marriage, your children, your relationships, your resilience, your dreams, your destiny. But his battle plan depends on catching you unaware and unarmed. If you're tired of being pushed around and caught with your guard down, this study is for you.


Bible Study: In-Depth Study of the Book of Acts

Leader: Dr. Richard Smith

 Sundays @ 9:45am

Location: Room 205 (upstairs in the education bldg.)

 The in depth study of Acts reviews the expansion of the church as empowered by the Holy Spirit, its growth into the Gentile world, the practice of sound doctrine, patterns for church life and principles of missionary work as carried out by the early apostles. To enhance this study, power point will be used to display important points in the study along with charts and maps.

Join us on this journey as we study the early church and discover ways Christ wants us to live for Him today.  The class is a continuation from the Spring session and will begin at chapter 9.  Everyone welcome!


That the World May Know – Ray Vander laan

 Leader: Jim Hale

Wednesdays @ 7:00am Location: Room 205 (upstairs in the education bldg.)

Since receiving his Master's of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1976, Ray Vander Laan has been actively involved in studying and teaching Jewish culture using the methods of Jewish education. He has continued graduate studies in Jewish Studies in the United States, Israel, Turkey and Egypt. He has been a teacher for 35 years and is an ordained minister with the Christian Reformed Church. He has also authored a book entitled Echoes of His Presence, published by Focus on the Family. Vander Laan founded That the World May Know Ministries in 1998. Ray has taken over 10,000 people with him on his study tours of Israel, Turkey and Egypt.

Ray's preaching and teaching ministry is focused on understanding the Bible in light of the historical and cultural context in which God placed it. This perspective on the Bible highlights God's call for His people to be a transforming influence on their culture. He uses research of the top scholars in the fields of archaeology, history, and

Biblical study as tools to explore the Biblical text ever more deeply. His gifts, expertise, and calling are to link that cultural information and the Bible so that its message applies to our lives today in very practical ways.

Grief Share

Thursdays from 6 - 8pm in Room 205 upstairs, led by Judy Hale.

It Hurts to Lose Someone...Find Help at Grief Share.

Grief Share is a friendly,caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life's most difficult experiences.  You don't have to go through the grieving process alone.  Grief Share seminars and support groups are led by people who understand what you are going through and want to help.  You'll gain access to valuable Grief Share resources to help you recover from your loss and look forward to rebuilding your life.

JOY – “Jesus, Others, You”

 This on-going class is based on the Nazarene Publishing House Adult Curriculum, and is taught by Ila Bowers.  Class meets Sundays at 9:30 am in Room #118


 Intercessory Prayer Group

Sundays at 9:45am in the Library.  Led by Pam Creech.

This class will meet to learn about, discuss and practice intercessory prayer. Please join us for a time to touch the LORD through prayer.


The Invisible War

"What every believer needs to know about Satan, Demons, and Spiritual Warfare" by Chip Ingram.  Led by Warren and Carol Collins.

Sunday Evening current study that will meet in different class members' homes.

God details in His Word the battle plan to uncover Satan's cunning deceptions and to resist his sinister schemes. The cosmic conflict exploding all around us will have eternal implications, for us and those we love. In this series you will be prepared to do spiritual battle with the enemy of your soul... and win! You'll learn to clothe yourself with God's "spiritual armor" so you can be confident of your certain victory over the scheming enemy.

Contact the church office for contact information and directions.


CONNECT with Children and Youth

 All classes meet at 9:45am on Sundays.  Preschool/K-5th grade transition from church time to their Connect Class from the "Live Out Loud" room as teachers pick up children from there and go to their classes.