Learning communities are intended to strengthen your biblical knowledge, character and/or practical ministry skills. They are also an opportunity to get to know others at Bay Area on Sunday mornings in an environment of learning and interaction.


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A Theological Perspective

 August 19 - 26 at 9:20 a.m. in Dock B. Over the years there have been a lot of misconceptions about who Jesus was/is. This short two session class will take a look at the major issues surrounding Jesus. This will include his connection with the Father and the Holy Spirit; His divinity and humanity while on earth; and the various errors that denominations/religions have taught. This class will be fast-paced and focused on the person of Jesus.


The Big Events

September 9 - October 7 at 9:20 a.m. in Dock B. Executive Pastor Ed Kelley and recent seminary graduate Colleen Forsythe will team up to bring you the fascinating and impactful events of World Church History. This course will discuss the development of theology through the early church; the emergence of the Roman Catholic Church; key figures in the Middle Ages; and a solid look through the issues of the Reformation (among many other topics). It will closely mirror what you might find in an undergraduate Bible college course, so expect to really dive into this fun and sometimes crazy history of the Church.


If you are like me, Jesus is not just the way we start a Sunday morning, but the way that we start every day – and live every day. He is the Author, Creator and Sustainer of life. He is alive and well, seated in power, and involved in our everyday lives. The closer we live connected with Jesus, the closer our lives are aligned with our purpose and filled with joy.

One of the primary ways we get to know Jesus better is to know the Bible better. The Bible is not just an old religious book of rules. Rather it is God’s inspired Word about Jesus that guides us to true and eternal life. I believe that time spent learning and applying the Bible in a community of people trying to do the same ultimately will lead to spiritual growth.

That's why, on Sunday mornings, in smaller groups of people, we offer many different Learning Communities to help us learn, apply and live out the Bible. These courses make up three main emphasis of learning: Head, Heart and Hands.

- Pat Linnell, Teaching Pastor