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Group Life


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Group Life


WOMEN  •  MEN  •  THEOLOGY

Our spiritual growth is contingent on the consistent and purposeful application of truth. The ministries you will find listed on this page offer resources for those pursuing spiritual health.

LIFE GROUPS

We feel that life change best happens is a small group. Here is some info on how to find a Life Group to try out or how to start one yourself. The Woodcrest facility is available to those who want to lead a group, but can't host in their home.

GroupLink® is a two-hour event where people meet and connect with others in their area of town and stage of life to start a Life Group. Groups are asked to initially commit to meet together for eight times. This time is spent getting to know each other and doing a short Bible study. At the end of the eight sessions, group members decide to either continue with the group for an additional 12 to 24 months, or wait and join a different group at another time. WANT INFO ON THE NEXT ONE OR READY TO FIND AN OPEN GROUP? Hit up Sherry Horsey

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Women


Women


WEDNESDAY NIGHTS (FEB - APR 2019)

Please join us on Wednesday nights this spring to make connections and learn about Jesus' life. The semester runs from February 6- April 17 and we will meet from 6-8 pm. THERE WILL BE NO CLASSES HELD ON MARCH 27 due to Columbia Public Schools spring break and we follow the Columbia Public Schools inclement weather policy.  

24 Hours that Changed the World by Adam Hamilton

Walk with Jesus on his final day. Sit beside him at the Last Supper. Pray with him in Gethsemane. Follow him to the cross. Desert him. Deny him. Experience the Resurrection. Join us as we read and talk about what happened during Jesus’ last 24 hours. We will watch the video and do some of the reading from Adam Hamilton. We will also learn how to study the scripture as we compare different accounts of this time period.

Dates: Wednesdays Feb 6-Apr 17 (no class Mar 27) Location: The Studio Time: 6-8PM Homework: Optional Daily Devotional Class Limit: None

The Caring People (single mom’s ministry)

Are you a Single Mom with a desire to connect with other Moms going through some of the same struggles as you? Being alone is hard, but you can join with other’s who share some of the same day-to-day struggles. We meet for a meal to connect with other single moms for support, help and to grow our faith in Jesus. This is a drop-in class and is newborn friendly. Dinner and childcare are a gift to you.

If you have a student in grades 6-12, the youth will be meeting in the Edge, which is the building next to the main building.

Dates: Wednesdays Feb 6-Apr 17 (no class Mar 27) Location: Room 3 Time: 6-8PM Newborn Friendly


THURSDAY MORNINGS (FEB - APR 2019)

Thursday morning Women's Ministry is a time when we can get together and have coffee, visit with each other and then attend a small group. We meet on Thursday mornings from 9:15-11:15 am for a 10 week semester. Each week we meet in the gym to have a little social time and then you will go to your small group for some discussion and/or video.  The semester will begin on February 7 and run through April 18. There will be no class on March 28 and the cost of the class is $35 which includes materials.  Childcare is available for $35 per child for the semester. 

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)

MOPS is now at Woodcrest! We are excited to be offering this amazing program during our spring and fall semesters at Woodcrest. Please click INFO/REGISTER for more details. NOTE: You must first become a MOPS member AND register for MOPS under our Thursday morning women's ministry.

"We believe that incubating hearts and giving just-because-hugs can change the course of history. That’s why we connect moms all over the world to a community of women, in their own neighborhoods, who meet together to laugh, cry and embrace the journey of motherhood. MOPS groups are rallying women to be more honest, to feel more equipped and to find our identity by journeying alongside one another. MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers, and by preschoolers we mean kiddos from birth through kindergarten. We know it’s a little confusing so let’s just stick with “MOPS.” We are moms, and we believe that better moms make a better world."

Everybody Always by Bob Goff

"Becoming love in a world full of setbacks and difficult people" is a lifelong journey, one that Jesus so beautifully modeled when he was here on earth. This semester through the entertaining, storytelling style, Bob Goff will challenge and encourage us to love big, Everybody, Always. Class time will include a few short videos and sharing how God is inviting us to become love. Together we will explore what it means to love without inhibition, insecurities or restrictions in the ups and downs of life. Along the way, we will find deep joy and freedom in loving as Jesus did. Everybody, Always is a light, easy read that will have you laughing out loud and wiping tears all in the same short chapter.

Dates: Thursdays Feb 7-Apr 18 (no class Mar 28) Location: Room 11 Time: 9:15-11:15am Homework: reading a few short chapters and journalist responses to a few questions. Class Limit: 12 - Newborn Friendly


Conscious Discipline

Conscious Discipline® is a proven, comprehensive approach that empowers parents with skills that create a safe, connected, problem-solving environment for families. Created by Dr. Becky Bailey, an expert in child developmental psychology, Conscious Discipline® is built on the premise of developing discipline within children rather than applying discipline to them.

Dates: Thursdays Feb 7-Apr 18 (no class Mar 28) Location: Connections Center Time: 9:15-11:15am Class Limit: None

Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate by Jerry Bridges

In His Word, God has made it clear that He is as displeased and dishonored by our anxiety, unthankfulness, frustration, selfishness, impatience, discontentment, and other “respectable sins” which we may be blind to in ourselves and tolerate and minimize in our lives. In this study you will find the hope and encouragement found only in the gospel as well as practical suggestions for dealing with your sins.

Dates: Thursdays Feb 7-Apr 18 (no class Mar 28) Location: Room 8 Time: 9:15-11:15am Homework: Moderate reading and optional audible books. Class Limit: 12 - No Newborns


24 Hours that Changed the World by Adam Hamilton

Walk with Jesus on his final day. Sit beside him at the Last Supper. Pray with him in Gethsemane. Follow him to the cross. Desert him. Deny him. Experience the Resurrection. Join us as we read and talk about what happened during Jesus’ last 24 hours. We will watch the video and do some of the reading from Adam Hamilton. We will also learn how to study the scripture as we compare different accounts of this time period.

Dates: Thursdays Feb 7-Apr 18 (no class Mar 28) Location: The Underground Time: 9:15-11:15am Homework: Optional Daily Devotional Class Limit: None

Stretch

Do you ever wonder if you are making a difference in the world…in anyone’s world? I think we all do from time to time. Sometimes we can become learners of our faith, which of course is of value, but our own inhibitions keep us from LIVING out faith in action. We get it! It is intimidating...what if we are turned away or feel incompetent, or don’t know the right words to say? Jesus tells us the most important command is to “Love God and Love Others”. So let’s do just that. We will be finding ways to serve tangibly in our community to SHOW the love of God to his people, especially those who are marginalized or even forgotten. Most weeks we will leave campus to serve or connect in our community. Are you ready to S-T-R-E-T-C-H outside your comfort zone?

Dates: Thursdays Feb 7-Apr 18 (no class Mar 28) Location: Room 3 and off campus Time: 9:15-11:15am Homework: None Class Limit: 15 - No Newborns


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Men


Men


MEN HAVE MANY OPPORTUNITIES: Sunday and Wednesday evenings, plus event-based gatherings for lunches, sporting events, service projects, family-friendly outings and more.

SUNDAY EVENINGS (year-round)

There is a Men's Ministry group meeting on Sunday nights. At this time, we are studying the book "Recovering Redemption" by Matt Chandler.  Matt spoke at the 2019 CoMo Christian Men's Conference. There is no registration required and you can just show up, but there is no childcare available. You can purchase a book for $10 from your leader. This class is not just during this semester but year round, with the exception of holidays and weather cancellations.  Please see the website or email one of the leaders to double check if you are unsure whether this class is meeting.  Kevin Neville or Scott Kennison

Dates: Every Sunday except holidays, etc. Location: The Underground Time: 7-9pm Homework: Reading Class Limit: None - Childcare Not Available

WEDNESDAY EVENINGS (Feb-apr 2019)

This semester we will be doing a High Quest study called "His Ways", which teaches about discipleship. Hiqh Quest is a mentoring platform and ministry pathway that integrates personal reflection on Scripture with a small group experience.

Equipping real men to walk with a real God in a real world.

This is led by Kevin Neville and Scott Kennison. They are a fun group of guys to hang out with and will make you feel right at home. The class costs $35 and this includes your material.  Childcare is also available for $35 per child per semester. 

Dates: Thursdays Feb 6-Apr 17 (no class Mar 27) Location: The Underground Time: 6-8pm Homework: Reading Class Limit: None


EVENTS

BOWLING, SERVICE PROJECTS, PROFESSIONAL SPORTS, LUNCHES, REGIONAL TOURS, GOLF, MOVIES, CONCERTS, ETC. 

Our men's ministry offers highly relational-based events. There is no curriculum for these multi-generational outings which vary from month to month. Please email Kevin Bartolacci to get on the mailing list for upcoming events.

Community Helps!

We need men with and without skills to support members of the Woodcrest community and the Columbia community at large. We get regular requests for things like small construction projects, help moving a dresser, fixing a leaky faucet, etc. Would you help? Please contact Maris Herndon, Pastoral Resources Director, to offer your help.


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Theology


Theology


Four-Class Theology track

WE’RE OFFERING A SPECIAL SUMMER THEOLOGY TRACK

  • What Do Christians Believe?

  • Why Do Christians Believe?

  • The Bible at a Glance

  • How Do I Study the Bible?

This theology track is offered on the Columbia campus. Please click the link below to register or email Elizabeth Baehr to inquire about when the next offering will be on the calendar.