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Current Small Groups

Small groups are a great way to make friends and grow together in the Christian faith. To join a small group, contact the group leader. The group leader can answer questions, give you further instructions, and give directions to where the group will meet. If childcare is provided, please discuss childcare plans with your group leader well before the group begins.


This group experience dispels some of the most common parenting myths and reminds all parents of truths that can empower them to be not only the parents that their children need but that God has called them to be. Books are available in Solomon’s Porch, but are not necessary for this group.  

: Pastor Alan Clark
Pastor Alan is the Children's Pastor at Word of Life Church. He and his wife Jennifer have been married for 10 years and they stay busy raising three children ages 6 and under.
Phone: 816-233-6367
Dates: Thursdays, March 10 – April 14th
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Word of Life Church
Childcare? Yes. Contact Pastor Alan for details.


A group for 18-25 year-olds to explore the faith and build friendships. Discussion will revolve around a video-based faith formation course called “Animate Faith.”

Leaders: Pastor Jacob & Megan Taylor and Mardi & Adam Solomon
In each Animate Faith session, the group will watch a video featuring a leading voice from the Christian faith, spend time on personal reflection and journaling, and be invited to share ideas with the group. Each video blends live action with animation to introduce a question, provide a thought-provoking perspective, and beckon viewers to participate in the dialogue. The series features perspectives on God, religion, Jesus, salvation, the cross, the Bible, and church from Christian thought leaders.
Phone: 816-233-6367
Dates: Mondays, March 7 – April 18
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Adam & Mardi Solomon’s home
Childcare? No


Did you know 25% of all women do not have one close friend? We want to change that! This six-week women’s group is a place to meet new friends and solidify existing friendships. A short narrative from the book, The Friendship Factor: Why Women Need Other Women will be shared each week.  

Leader: Cynthia Nichols
Cynthia and her husband Eric have attended Word of Life Church for the past 7 years. They have hosted and led a variety of small groups over the past 18 years. They appreciate the community at Word of Life and hope to make new friendships through small groups this year.

Phone: 816-294-5105
Dates: Saturday, March 12 – April 16
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Word of Life Church: Solomon’s Porch
Childcare? Yes, by request



Leading men to live the life of truth, passion, and purpose. Workbooks are available in Solomon’s Porch. Feel free to join this group at anytime.

Leader: Todd Norris
Todd has been involved in men’s ministry for years including Promise Keepers, three years of Men’s Fraternity, and leading men through 33 The Series. Todd confesses it’s hard for a man to admit he needs help, encouragement, guidance and even friendship. This group will help men grow and be empowered to reach out and guide or mentor other men.

Phone: 816-646-0082         
Dates: Mondays, Beginning January 25         
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.         
Location: Home of Cliff & Kelly Logsdon
Childcare? No



We all face questions like: How do I deal effectively with stress and failures? What do I do when I’m stressed, lonely, or lacking confidence? Why can’t I change? If you’ve ever questioned yourself or even questioned God, then join us for this DVD-based small group developed by Pastor Rick Warren. This group is limited to 12 people.

Leaders: Eric & Cynthia Nichols
Eric & Cynthia have attended Word of Life Church for the past 7 years. They have hosted and led a variety of small groups over the past 18 years. They appreciate the community at Word of Life and hope to make new friendships through small groups this year.


Phone: 816-294-5105
Dates: Wednesdays, March 16 – April 20
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Eric & Cynthia Nichols’ home
Childcare? No


A small group reading and discussing Pastor Brian’s new book: Water To Wine

Leaders: Pastor Derek & Jenni Vreeland

Pastor Derek is the Discipleship Pastor at Word of Life. He and Jenni have been married for over 20 years and have been serving Word of Life since May 2011. They have three boys and one dog.

Phone: 816-294-5105
Dates: Tuesdays, Beginning March 1
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Philip & Stacey Stueve’s home
Childcare? Yes by request


Youth Alpha is one of our milestones along The Path at Word of Life. Our hope is that every 8th grade student has the opportunity to complete this 10-week course.

Leaders: Pastor Jacob & Megan Taylor
Pastor Jacob is the Student Ministries Pastor at Word of Life. Youth Alpha meets during the Friday night worship service, upstairs in the MYC. Students eat dinner together and watch the interactive film series produced by Youth Alpha. This series will take us on a journey exploring life, faith, and God. Students will find a safe and fun place to ask any question. In fact, questions are encouraged!

Phone: 816-233-6367
Dates: Fridays, February 26 – May 6
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Word of Life Church: MYC Commons


God's Kingdom from Jesus' Perspective

Leaders: Barry and Cynthia Morehead
Barry and Cynthia are both graduates of Ozark Christian College with degrees in Christian Education. They spent almost a decade in vocational ministry and are passionate about the body of Christ. They have been married for 34 years, and have four children, and four grandchildren.

This Sunday morning small group will spend time together looking at the beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount to discover how the words of Jesus shape us as citizens in the kingdom of God. 

Phone: 816-262-1172
Date: Sunday mornings, beginning January 17 
Time: 9:00 - 9:55 a.m.
Location: Word of Life Church, The Life Center
Childcare? No, but children are welcome to join their parents


Going deeper into the content of the Sunday morning sermon

Leader: Chris Sargent
Chris has been at Word of Life for over 20 years and has been leading this small group since January 2013.


Email: alphalambda663@
Phone: 816-863-0368
Dates: Sundays on an ongoing basis
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Word of Life Church, Solomon’s Porch
Childcare? No


Learning how healthy boundaries can define "where I end and you begin." Cloud and Townsend, authors of the book Boundaries, believe "having clear boundaries is essential to a healthy, balanced lifestyle."

Leader: Pam Keefer
Pam has been a member of Word of Life since 2009. She is a retired counselor who worked primarily with victims of violence against women.  

Email: Phone: 816-233-6367
Date: Thursdays, March 3 – April 14
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Word of Life Church: Lower Level Conference Room
Childcare? No


A new beginning for those who have experienced divorce or the end of a long-term relationship

Leader: Bob Johnson
Bob has been leading divorce recovery for twenty-five years. Many people have experienced healing and real life change after going through this course.

Phone: 816-387-7424
Dates: Tuesdays, Beginning January 19
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Word of Life Church, The Life Center
Childcare? Yes, by request

One recent participant said, "I came to Divorce Recovery a sad, broken, angry and completely dysfunctional person. Through this class I have been set free by the grace of God! I have joy again!!!"


A small group in Maryville reading and discussing Water To Wine by Pastor Brian Zahnd

Leaders: Daniel & Mia Nelson
Daniel & Mia have been married 18 years. They have a son and daughter. They enjoy camping, fishing and going to flea markets. They have been Word of Lifers for almost four years and are thankful and blessed. They say Word of Life has literally changed their lives.

Phone: 660-853-8590
Dates: Saturdays beginning March 5
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Isaiah & Caitlin Korthanke’s home
Childcare? No


Roots & Shoots Volunteer Gardening Team
Roots & Shoots is Word of Life Church’s volunteer gardening team that oversees and beautifies the church campus by maintaining the flower beds surrounding the building. This is a no-experience necessary group of friends who meet sporadically to weed, trim, and keep the grounds looking inviting to our guests and church members.  If you enjoy plants, enjoy good friendships and want to help our facility to look beautiful, contact Eric and Cynthia Nichols at 816-294-5105 or by email at


For more information about our Small Group ministry, contact Pastor Derek Vreeland at the church office (816) 233-6367 or fill out the form below. 

For more information, contact Pastor Derek Vreeland

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