With a little opening in the schedule, I snuck in one of the Recovery Classes at Lakewood Monday night ... in this case, the class going over Robert McGee's "The Search for Significance." The nice things about these classes is that, at 90 minutes per class and no service to attend afterwards, there's more of a relaxed feel for the whole thing. Granted, I suspect that all those folks who reserved their seat prior to a Compass Class might not notice much of a difference. But still.
I missed the first week this class was held, but the material does well in standing up on it's own. So even if you make sporadic attendance, you ought to do well. Not every class is based on a book study, though. Leo Tyler (probably one of the most dynamic and popular teachers at Lakewood) has a Healthy Souls class on Thursdays, for instance. If you feel like just sampling what's available, try just showing up on a Monday or Thursday at 7pm. The more longstanding Recovery Classes are also, apparently, still operational. I do like that they've added several of the book study classes, though. It makes it worthwhile to try and get in the habit of making it to church on either night just in case they start up a class on a book that I've actually read ... or just need a weak excuse to pick up. McGee's book is a close call. It's an appealling book, but strikes me as a too-close cousin of the uberpopular Rick Warren book, which I've already read.
Whenever I get home and relocate my pushcard of the newest classes offered, I'll update this post with a fuller listing. Then again, Choir practice is on Tuesday nights and if I manage to get out of work early, I may try and sneak a viewing of that into my schedule as well.
Monday Recovery Classes ....
Search for Significance [Room 3024]
Safe People [Room 3023]
Thursday Recovery Classes ....
Healthy Soul: Healthy Life Strategies [Room 2044 C&D]
Forgiveness 101 [Room 2029F]
DNA of Relationships [Room 2042]
The Dream Giver [Room 2028]
Captive No More [Room 3021]
All of these classes last 8 weeks (we're in week #2 right now), from 7:00 - 8:30pm. The Monday classes don't meet on Labor Day.