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Word of Life Church

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.


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.

Phone: 816-262-1172
Date: September 20 - November 22
Time: 8:30 - 9:55 a.m.
Location: Word of Life Church, The Life Center
Childcare? No, but children are welcome to join their parents


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).

Phone: 816-233-6367
Dates: September 20 – November 29
Time: 8:30 – 9:55 a.m.
Location: Word of Life Church, The MYC
Childcare? No


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.

Phone: 816-646-0082
Dates: Mondays, September 21 – October 26
Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Cliff and Kelly Logsdon’s home
Childcare? No


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.

Phone: 620-755-2849
Dates: Thursdays, September 10 – November 19
Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Word of Life Church, The MYC Commons
Childcare? No


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


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, September 15 – November 25
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Word of Life Church, The Life Center
Childcare? Yes, by request


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.

Phone: 816-752-2191
Dates: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, beginning September 23
Time: 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Word of Life Church, The Life Center
Childcare? No




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.

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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
Childcare? No


Word of Lifers in Maryville will be gathering together to discuss the book, The Gift of Being Yourself by David Benner

Leaders: Peri Zahnd and Daniel Nelson
Phone: 660-853-8590
Dates: Wednesdays, Beginning September 24
Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Isaiah Korthanke's apartment 
Childcare? No 



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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