Growth groups

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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.

Growth groups starting in September, 2020, will be either online or in-person. The in-person groups will be limited to 10 people and include social distancing, face-masks, and other safety measures.

Latter Prophets 2, (Vineyard Institute Course)
taught by Glen Taylor, group led by Dan Rak. Cost $150.
7pm-8pm online via Zoom
Begins September 21.

This course covers the Hebrew prophets in which God spoke through Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Obadiah, Joel, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi. Observe how God disciplines His people for their idolatry and restores them to their spiritual destiny. These writings bring us from the despair of judgment to the hope of the coming kingdom. The message of these books convicts us of the idols of our hearts and may free us to pursue God’s calling with a singleness of purpose.

Homiletics: The Art of Preaching, (Vineyard Institute Course)
taught by Rich Nathan, group led by Dan Rak. Cost $150
8pm-9pm online via Zoom
Begins September 21.

This course will introduce you to the art behind an impactful sermon. Through the course materials you will be challenged and encouraged to prepare a message as well as understand the relevance of teaching others. Discussion will be centered on the creation and delivery techniques utilized when developing both an expository and topical approach to sermon writing in order to reach a contemporary audience.

The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding and appreciation for communicating God’s Word of truth. There is an art to being able to preach and teach the theological and spiritual words of Scripture. This course will help you to answer the questions of why and how we go about preaching in a world that is plagued by sin and brokenness. This course will also provide you an opportunity to prepare your own brief sermon and present it to a group of fellow students.

GriefShare, various instructors, led by Linda Price-Natter. Cost $15.
7-9pm in the parsonage
Begins September 15th.

GriefShare features nationally recognized experts on grief recovery topics. Seminar sessions include “Is This Normal?” “The Challenges of Grief,” “Grief and Your Relationships,” “Why?” and “Guilt and Anger.”
For more information, visit or call Linda at 815-404-7078.

Fellowship, Prayer, and Bible Study, led by Ed Rak
7-8:30pm online via Zoom
Begins September 15th.

This group has met every time we have growth groups. Since the pandemic began, it has moved online. Contact Ed for details.

Alpha, various instructors, led by Ed Rak
6:30 – 9:00pm in the parsonage backyard, taught by Nicky Gumbel, group led by Ed Rak
Begins September 16th.

Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the basics of the Christian faith.
Each of the 10 sessions 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.

Classic Vineyard Kinship Group, led by Dan Rak
7-8:30pm in the parsonage
Begins September 17th.

We will have some worship, a Bible study, fellowship, and a time for prayer ministry. Let the good times roll!


This term of Growth Groups starts in September 2020.  If you wish to join one that is in progress, please talk to the leader of that group.

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