First United Methodist Church of El Dorado exists to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world by changing lives, developing leaders, and sharing Christ. To us, being a disciple means following Jesus by engaging in spiritual practices to worship, grow, give, serve and share. These five characteristics make up our discipleship pathway; following are a list of opportunities associated with our pathway to help each individual continue to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ.

Grow – Fall 2015 Classes

FirstKids Grow: Learn to Use Your Bible – Begins August 23

A fun, interactive study focused on Bible literacy.

John Wesley’s Message Today – Begins August 26

Learn what it means to be a United Methodist in a larger Christian context. What are the core beliefs and practices of United Methodists? What do we share in common with other denominations? What makes us unique?

The Parenting Children Course – Begins August 26

Join us for practical, helpful guidance in learning to parent as effectively as possible. No job is more important and at times, more difficult than being a parent. The support of others experiencing similar struggles can make a huge difference! Click here for more information and to register.

The Alpha Course – Begins October 7

Learn or review the basics of the Christian faith in a safe, honest and interactive atmosphere. Examples of topics include “Who is Jesus?” and “Why & how do I pray?”

Invitation to the Old Testament – Begins October 7

Explore the covenant between God and Israel through the “many ‘voices’ of the biblical text”, and consider how historical context affects our understanding of biblical events.

Grow – Ongoing Groups


This group of adults in their 30s and 40s explore what it means to be a disciple of Christ through various book and video studies. Rotating leaders and a laid back atmosphere characterize this Sunday School group. This group meets Sunday mornings from 9:45 to 10:45 am.


A group of adults 50+ who are seeking the Word through Methodist studies, Wired Word on current social issues, and Christian videos that encompass various Bible and social topics.  The group is led by a class facilitator who guides the members in open discussions about the different studies. This group meets Sunday mornings from 9:45 to 10:45 am.


Harmony is made up of people aged 50+ and is a DVD based group with discussion. Areas of focus include seasonal studies and a wide variety of other topical content. This group meets Sunday mornings from 9:45 to 10:45 am.


Connections is a discipleship group where members support and encourage one another as they grow in relationship with Christ by praying for one another, holding each other accountable, and investing in other ways in the lives of the group members. It is based on the Methodist practice of the Class Meeting as developed by John Wesley. This group meets Sunday mornings from 9:45 to 10:45 am.

Women’s Fellowship

Primarily made up of women who are of retirement age, this group devotes itself to praying for one another and for others, and typically uses a video and study guide for its lessons. This group meets Monday mornings from 10 to 11 am.

Adult Bible Study

This group undertakes a single book of the Bible to study for several weeks. Group meetings consist of a rotating group leader who facilitates discussion about what the Bible says, what it means, and how it applies to each individual. This group meets Sunday evenings from 7 to 8 pm.