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Growth groups meet weekly for 10-12 weeks.  The size of a small group is 3 to 15 people. There is a fall semester, a spring semester, and a summer session, with breaks between each.  The growth groups are an opportunity to:

  • Grow in your faith;
  • Step out of your comfort zone into a safe environment with new people and new ideas;
  • Allow casual friendships to form without feeling a need to get too personal;
  • Develop friends who could then become more intimate friends outside of the group;
  • Receive prayer if you so desire.

Please contact Dan Rak for more information.

Sunday: Dan Rak
1 Corinthians, (Vineyard Institute) Sundays, noon – 1:30pm in the parsonage, taught by Quinton Howett, group led by Dan Rak. Cost $150. Registration deadline: 9/9, begins 9/15.
The Apostle Paul tackles topics like:

  • leadership
  • what is true wisdom?
  • the church
  • members
  • societal and cultural influences upon the local church
  • the nature of the human body
  • sex
  • marriage
  • divorce
  • spiritual gifts and ministries
  • money.

Most of Paul’s advice to those at Corinth still applies to us today. Therefore, you will find this course highly appropriate for your Christian life.

Sunday: Dan Rak
The Story of the Kingdom, (Vineyard Institute) Sundays, 1:30pm – 3:00pm in the parsonage, taught by Matt Crossman and Josh Williams, group led by Dan Rak. Cost $150. Registration deadline: 9/9, begins 9/15.

Did you know that the Bible is one big story made up of many stories that go together to create the whole story of God and His Kingdom? It is the best Story you will ever read – full of mystery, action, drama, romance and impact. In the beginning of the big Story, you will get to know the main character: God…His goodness, His love, His creation, and how the brokenness of the world came to be. You will not want to put the second half of the Story down! You will discover that the world can be healed. God had a plan for healing and redemption all along. There is an abundant eternal life ahead. As followers of Jesus, we live between these two worlds: the broken world being healed and the transformed world we await.

Monday: Dan Rak
Signs, Wonders, and Church Growth, Mondays, 7pm – 9pm in the parsonage, taught by John Wimber, group led by Dan Rak, begins 9/9.

Recorded live in Anaheim, California in the 1980s, this in-depth course taught by John Wimber is based on the class that he taught at Fuller Theological Seminary – MC510 – and is John’s most in-demand teaching series to this day. Discussion and prayer follow the video.

Tuesday: Patti Wilson and Tricia Rush
Creative Expressions, Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30pm in Geneva, taught and led by Patti Wilson and Tricia Rush, begins 9/10.

Applying Scripture and growing closer to God and each other, while enjoying thought-provoking games, amateur art and fun improvisation.

Tuesday: Ed Rak
Dinner and a Movie, Tuesdays, 6:45 – 9:00pm in Westchester, group led by Ed Rak, begins 9/17.

A good dinner and a good movie, discussion and prayer.

Wednesday: Ed Rak
Alpha, Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:00pm in the parsonage, taught by Nicky Gumbel, group led by Ed Rak, begins 9/18.

Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the basics of the Christian faith.

Typically run over eleven weeks, each session looks at a different question that people can have about faith and is designed to create conversation. It’s just an open, informal and honest space to explore and discuss life’s big questions together. A typical session includes food, a talk, and good conversation.

Thursday: David Rak
The Gospel of Mark, Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:30pm in the parsonage, taught by Francis Chan, group led by David Rak, begins 9/12.

The Gospel of Mark chronicles Jesus’s journey from Galilee to Jerusalem. Along the way, the Messiah gathers a ragged band of disciples. As crowds grow and dwindle on the road to Jerusalem, only a few stick by the Suffering Savior on the road of discipleship.

In this 11-part series on the Gospel of Mark, author and speaker Francis Chan invites us to walk with him along the ancient ways of the Master. Tracing the steps of Jesus and the Twelve through Israel, Francis explores the major themes of the Gospel of Mark, and asks: Are we willing to take this journey to embrace discipleship?

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This term of Growth Groups started mid-September.  If you still wish to join one that is in progress, please talk to the leader of that group.

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