Pathways: Step Out of Your Pew and Onto a Path

Pathways is our approach to faith formation and spiritual growth for adults at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church. Whether Christianity is new to you, or whether you are a lifelong Christian, there’s a pathway for you.
This fall, we invite you to step out of your pew and onto a path. Walk with others as you take a spiritual journey. Allow the Holy Spirit to ignite your faith and transform your life as you create community with others. Let Christ shape and enrich your heart, mind, soul and strength, in all the fullness of God’s love and grace.



Click here to download your copy of the Fall 2016 Pathways Guidebook. 


Introduction to Pathways

If you don’t know where to begin, you’re invited to join Senior Pastor Dave Summers and his wife, Kim Summers, for Journey of Faith: An Introduction to Pathways. The class meets for three consecutive Mondays, October 10-24, 6:30-8:30 pm in the Fireside Room, F8. The class includes an introduction to the Bible and the United Methodist Church, and information on how to discover your spiritual gifts. They will also share devotional practices to help you enrich your life of faith and better discern where God may be leading you.


No registration is necessary for any of the Pathways classes, unless where noted.


Some of the “HEART” pathways classes include new material and expanded programming, such as:

Modern Family and Caring Kids
Leaders: Erin Zeller and
Rev. Brenda Smith
Sundays, Sept 11-Dec 4
10:45-11:45am, H5
Last fall, Rev. Andrea Andress led this group of parents with young children in a Love and Logic parenting curriculum. This fall, the parents will continue to learn “Parenting the Love and Logic Way” using bonus DVDs and specific scenarios to help illustrate parenting using Love and Logic principles. The curriculum will lead up to and follow our special guest, the President of the Love and Logic Insititute Dr. Charles Fay, who will be on campus Sunday, September 18. Register for the afternoon workshops by clicking here.

New this year for Modern Family is a children’s missions program, “Caring Kids,” led by Rev. Brenda Smith. Children in first grade and up are invited to participate. For a full schedule, which lists weekly mission and service projects, please email


Leaders: Marnie Marquardt
and Rayme Ellett
Wednesdays, Sept 2016-May 2017
4:15-5:30pm, Library, G2
This women’s group meets while Music Makers, the afterschool children’s music program, is in session. They are studying “Parenting with Love and Logic” led by Rev. Andrea Andress during the month of September. In October, they’ll offer yoga on October 5, and focus on spiritual gifts for the rest of the month. They plan to do the Advent study, Sent, to finish out the year. They’ll restart in January, following Music Makers’ schedule.


Church-wide Advent Study: Sent

Many of our weekly classes will opt to follow the Advent study called “Sent,” this year. Watch the video below to get an idea about the church-wide study which focuses on experiences, storytelling and discussion:


Some new “MIND” pathways classes on Wednesdays include:

Growing Together in Our Walk
Leader: Kim Summers
Wednesdays, beginning Sept 21
6-7:30pm, Fireside Room, F8
This book and DVD study group begins with a five-week study based on the book, Half Truths: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves and Other Things the Bible Doesn’t Say by Adam Hamilton. Books will be available at the first meeting, or in the church office. This was formally “After the Feast,” but the Community Feast will not be offered this fall, so the name was changed.


The Ridiculous Journey:
Following a Nobody
from Nowhere
Leader: Rev. Eve Williams
Wednesdays, 10/5-11/9/16
6-7:30pm, H5
A Middle Eastern homeless man who walked the earth centuries ago still stirs the souls and imaginations of so many. This 6-session series on Jesus’ invitation to follow him includes with films by progressives Nadia Bolz-Weber, Greg Boyle, Brene Brown, Rachel Held Evans, Richard Rohr, and Rowan Williams, and visual liturgies from Kelly Stewart Hall, Thomas Merton, Travis Reed, and Ann Voscamp and reflections by Rich Nelson.


Many “SOUL” Classes meet on Transformation Thursdays

Many of the “Soul” classes under the Transformational Living Ministry Team fall under “Transformation Thursdays.” Every week, there is a different offering, and Lunch Conversations meets weekly. From prayer to the enneagram, you can find rest, conversation, relationship and connection at PVUMC. Click here to read more.


“STRENGTH” Opportunities abound under Missions and Church & Society

The Church & Society Ministry Team hosts civic academies about important issues in our community and works with VIP, Valley Interfaith Project, and other faith communities to encourage civic engagement.

The Missions Ministry Team offers numerous opportunities to join others in serving our community and world throughout the year. Opportunities include international mission trips (like Costa Rica and Guatemala) as well as monthly workdays and seasonal projects for these organizations:

  • Feed My Starving Children
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Project Cure
  • St Mary’s Food Bank
  • UMOM & Watkins Center
  • Wesley Community Center


Our largest strength-based Pathway is our “Change the World Day” event on Sunday, November 13. Stay tuned to learn more about the organizations we’ll serve, and how you can sign up to help be Jesus’ hands and feet in our own community.


Our Mission: Alive with the Spirit, we bring God’s love into action, by igniting faith, transforming lives and creating community.

Our Vision: Love that crosses all barriers and embraces all people.

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