Small Groups

Jesus called a group of fishermen to come and follow him. Much like apprentices with a master, they learned and sought to imitate Jesus' words, works and way of life.  Jesus continues to call ordinary, broken people to follow him. When we respond to that call, we enter a lifetime of learning to live like Jesus in relationship with him and other disciples.  Our spiritual growth as followers of Jesus is crucial to living out our understanding of what it means to be disciples who know Christ and makes Christ known.
New Adult Studies Offered
Four new adult studies will be available for this fall.  Information regarding books will be forthcoming. The studies and start dates are listed below:

Bible Study - "Prayer in the Bible" - Each week, we'll look at a different prayer or teaching on prayer present in the Bible; and we'll discuss what we can learn from it.  This includes the breadth of scripture, from the Psalms to Jesus' prayers, where we'll discover what scriptural prayer looks like and how to practice it.  This study will be led by Ryan Minster, beginning on Sunday, August 23, 6-7 p.m.

Financial Peace University - Dave Ramsey knows what it's like to have it all.  By age 26, he had established a four-million-dollar real estate portfolio, only to lose it by age 30.  He has since rebuilt his financial life and, through his workshops and his New York Times business best sellers, Financial Peace and More than Enough, he has helped hundreds of thousands of people to understand the forces behind their financial distress and how to set things right--financially, emotionally, and spiritually. With practical and easy to follow methods and personal anecdotes, Financial Peace is the road map to personal control, financial security, a new, vital family dynamic, and lifetime peace.  Coming in September, Tim and Jill Everett will facilitate this class via Zoom.

Unafraid - You'd be hard-pressed to overstate the extent to which fear, anxiety, and worry permeate our lives today.  Fear wreaks havoc on our relationships and communities.  It leads us into making bad decisions.  It holds us back from the very pursuits that promise fulfillment and joy. Unafraid is Hamilton's insightful and impassioned response.  Drawing on recent research, inspiring real-life examples, and fresh biblical insight, Hamilton uses a mixture of facts and faith to help readers understand and counter fears related to such outsize perils as death and illness, as well as the everyday anxieties all of us encounter.  Writing with generosity and intelligence, Hamilton shows how believer and unbeliever alike can develop sustaining spiritual practices and embrace Jesus's recurring counsel:  "Do not be afraid."  For anyone struggling with fear or wondering how families and communities can thrive in troubled times, Unafraid offers an informed and inspiring message full of practical solutions.  Pastor Matt Seaton will lead this study, beginning Sunday, August 23, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

White Fragility - In this "vital, necessary, and beautiful book" (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and "allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to 'bad people' (Claudia Rankine).  Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence.  These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue.  In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.  Pastor Jim Bell will facilitate this study, beginning Sunday, August 23, 6-7 p.m.