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Word of Life Church



Wednesdays during Lent at 1PM CT
In-person in the Life Center  
Leader: Rita Barbour 

Join Rita at 1PM in the Life Center for an interactive discusison of the Sunday morning sermon. You are also invited to join us for noon prayer in the Upper Room at 12PM for 40 minutes of prayer, Scripture, and worship music from Cole Novak. Sermon discussion questions can be accessed here: To join this group or for more information, email Rita at  .


Wednesdays, beginning January 17
In-person in the Life Center with Pastor Derek at 6:30 PM CT
Online with Judd Smith and Bruce Kokko at 7:00 PM CT

We will walk through Pastor Derek's new book Centering Jesus over nine weeks beginning Wednesday, January 17. Books are available in The Porch. 

Centering Jesus invites you to imagine what it looks like to keep Jesus as the Lamb of God at the center of three key areas of our lives―our spiritual formation, our moral lives, and our common life together. Both the online and in-person group will include chapter summaries and lots of discussion!

Group Schedule 

 + January 17: Chapters 1-2
 + January 24: Chapter 3
 + January 31: Chapter 4
 + February 7: Chapter 5
 + February 14: Ash Wednesday (No small group gathering)
 + February 21 Chapter 6
 + February 28: Chapters 7-8
 + March 6: Chapter 9
 + March 13: Chapter 10
 + March 20: Chapters 11-12

Childcare is available. Contact Sarah Foster at if you need childcare.

Judd Smith and Bruce Kokko are co-leading the online Centering Jesus Small Group. Judd and Bruce and both online members with experience leading online groups. To join the in-person or online group, sign up below. 

Centering Jesus Small Group

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The second Thursday of the month at 11:30 AM CT
Coordinator: Sharon Eggleston

Circle of Friends is a monthly lunch for empty-nesters and retirees. They gather at the home of Charlie and Ruth Jones on the second Thursday of the month at 11:30 AM CT. If you would like to join them for lunch call or text Sharon Eggleston at 816-390-6308 or email Pastor Derek at .  


Tuesdays at 1 PM CT
Leader: Mike Rogers

One thing about the messages we hear at Word of Life Church is they are worth hearing again and discussing as we each grow in the grace of God. Discussion guides will be posted at Sunday mornings. We are meeting on Zoom on Tuesdays at 1PM CT. These groups will be a great opportunity to get to know one another better, discuss the main points of each message, be reminded of the scripture references, and learn to apply what we are learning together.

To join email Mike Rogers at   


Tuesday nights at 6:30 PM CT
Leader: Pastor Tyrese Barnett

Celebrate Recovery (CR) is a small-group-based support ministry for those looking for encouragement to overcome the difficulties of life. We meet every Tuesday night from 6:30-8:30 PM in the Life Center. 

CR is not just about recovery; it is about life transformation. Many people find themselves stuck in some kind of cycle of bad choices or pain - from which they feel they will never be free. At CR, there is hope. There are people who care. There is a way out. CR is not just a place for people struggling with addiction, but a refuge for anyone looking for help. 

For more information email Pastor Tyrese Barnett at .