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 or sign up in the foyer. 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.
EFFECTIVE PARENTING IN A DEFECTIVE WORLD
Learning to be what you want your children to become. This is a great group for parents of teenagers.
Leaders: Adam and Mardi Solomon
Adam and Mardi have been on the parenting journey for over 22 years with three boys ages 22, 21, and 17. After 20 years at Word of Life, they believe one of the best gifts a church can give a family is a supportive community to help share the burdens and the joys of raising children today.
Dates: Tuesdays, September 15 – October 13
Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Location: Word of Life Church, East Meeting Room
As part of The Path, Word of Life Kids provides this DVD-based small group as an opportunity for parents to gather and encourage each other as the primary nurturers of their child's faith. Learn how to create an environment at home where God can work in your family's everyday life. This is a great group for parents with young children. Books are available in Solomon's Porch, but are not necessary for this group.
Leaders: Alan and Jennifer Clark
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.
Dates: Saturdays, October 10 & 17
Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Word of Life Church, Elementary Classroom
Childcare? Yes. Contact Alan for details.
LOVE AND RESPECT IN MARRIAGE
Growing in awareness of the love she most desires and the respect he most needs
Leaders: Kurt and Tammy Miller
Kurt and Tammy have been married for 13 years and have three children: Levi, who is 9, Leah, who is 5, and Lily, who is 2. They have been attending WOLC since 2008. Kurt works as the Location Vice-President of Heritage Tractor in Atchison and Tammy has the privilege of staying home with her children. They have a passion for helping people build healthy relationships within their marriages.
THAT THE WORLD MAY KNOW
Faith Lessons gleaned from a virtual tour of the Holy Land
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.
ONE BOOK: INVITATION
A 10-week overview of the Bible keeping Jesus and the mission of the kingdom of God in sharp focus
Leaders: Derek Vreeland and Ross Scholz
Derek is the Discipleship Pastor at Word of Life Church. Ross has been a member of Word of Life for 12 years and enjoys traveling, rooting for the Chiefs and Royals, and listening to Black Sabbath (although maybe not in that order).
HEALTHY BOUNDARIES WORKSHOP & CLASS
Learning how healthy boundaries can define "where I end and you begin.". This workshop will be followed by a 3-week class in October.
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.
A MAN AND HIS TRAPS (A SMALL GROUP FOR MEN)
Leading men to live the life of truth, passion, and purpose. Workbooks are available in Solomon’s Porch.
Leader: Todd Norris
Todd has been involved in men’s ministry for years. 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.
CHANGES THAT HEAL
Using easy to understand language, this book study helps people recognize problems from their past and implement changes in the future. Outlines how to incorporate spiritual faith, values, and beliefs into a practical approach to healing and recovery. Books are available in Solomon’s Porch.
Leader: Sherri Evans
Sherri moved back to the U.S. last year after doing medical missions work in the Philippines since 2003. She has chosen to make St. Joseph her home because of Word of Life Church, as well as its central location to her family. Sherri has a 14 year-old foster daughter, Mae Manuel, who comes from the Philippines.
Dates: Thursdays, September 10 – November 19
Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Word of Life Church, The MYC Commons
SERMON STUDY GROUP
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@ gmail.com
Dates: Sundays on an ongoing basis Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Word of Life Church, Solomon’s Porch
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.
YEARNING (A SMALL GROUP FOR WOMEN)
If you find yourself wondering why life has dealt you a bad hand maybe you have a wrong image of God. The book "Yearning" by Craig Barnes can help. Reading and discussing this book with a group of women will reveal whether or not your view of God is close to who God really is.
Leader: Susan Brooks with Peri Zahnd
Susan and her husband Roger have been a part of Word of Life for over 25 years and they have served in many different ministries over the years. Susan's heart has always been to serve and encourage women in their walk with God.
Dates: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, beginning September 23
Time: 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Word of Life Church, The Life Center
Discover the path to healthy living through proper nutrition. This class includes a wellness evaluation and requires a $35 fee for class materials.
Leader: Igor Nomokonoff
Igor has researched the subject of nutrition for 15 years and he has a developed a heart to help people learn how to live a healthy lifestyle.
He has been at Word of Life Church since 2005.
A different kind of workshop - come if you've been to others, or if you're brand new to The Enneagram. We'll hear from several people how this tool is helping them discover their true selves, to see and accept those parts of themselves they were blind to, and to become the person they were created to be. This workshop will be followed by an 8-week class.
Leader: Marilyn Bischoff with Peri Zahnd
Marilyn has been at Word of Life Church for over 6 years. During that time she has been leading small groups and studying The Enneagram for over 3 years.
Date: Saturday, September 26
Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Word of Life Church, The Life Center
ATCHISON SMALL GROUP
Word of Lifers in Atchison, Kansas enjoying snacks while studying and praying through the Sermon on the Mount.
Leaders: Curtis and Cassidy Kipple
Curtis and Cassidy live in Atchison and have been married for four and half years. Curtis works as an engineer and Cassidy is the program director for a Wednesday evening community Bible school program.
Phone: 913-370-0654 or 913-370-0934
Dates: Thursdays, September 24 – November 12
Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Curtis and Cassidy Kipple’s home
MARYVILLE SMALL GROUP
We are currently in the process of forming a small group in Maryville. If you are interested in being a part of this new small group please contact Daniel Nelson at 660-853-8590 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.