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THRIVE     MARRIAGE     FINANCIAL PEACE    SOBRIETY RETREATS

God cares deeply for each of us, and when we hurt, He hurts.
The ministries you will find listed on this page offer help to those who are hurting.

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Thrive


Thrive


THRIVE

Thrive Ministry at Woodcrest exists to help hurting people find hope, healing, and health in Christ by breaking through the emotional barriers and addictive behaviors that keep us from relating fully with God and each other.

Thursdays 6:30pm- 8:30pm on the Columbia campus during our spring and fall semesters. Click INFO/REGISTER for details.


Making Peace with Your Past – In this course you will identify the ways your past currently affects you as well as find a sense of hope and healing from your past. This course provides practical guidance to identify and understand feelings and problems related to your childhood experiences.

Conquering Codependency (Part I and Part 2) – is a Christ-centered 12-step process so you can recognize and move away from the codependent compulsion to fix and control every person and situation in your life. It will enable you to understand better your emotions and actions and will teach you to use the 3-part process identify, detach, and decide to bring change into your life. Prerequisite: Making Peace with Your Past


Life Skills – Safe People –Too many of us have invested ourselves into relationships where things have gone wrong. Why do we choose the wrong people to get involved with? Is it possible to change? And if so, where does one begin? Safe People offers solid guidance for making safe choices in relationships, from family to friendship, romance and work. Safe People will help you recognize twenty traits of healthy, safe people as well as ways of becoming a safe person.

GriefShare – It may be hard for you to feel optimistic about the future right now. If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, you’ve probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you’ve never faced before. GriefShare groups meet weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. Each GriefShare session has three distinct elements: video seminar with experts, support group discussion, and personal study and reflection. This course is female only and led by Linda Grone.


Teen Talk – A support group to help navigate the challenges of life. Teens will learn strategies to build confidence and gain control of their lives. In this non-judgmental group, teens will have a safe space to share freely

How We Love – Are you tired of falling into frustrating relational patterns in your marriage? Do you and your spouse fight about the same things again and again? “How We Love” explains why the ways you and your spouse relate to each other go back to before you even met. Drawing on the powerful tool of attachment theory, this material explores how your childhood created an “intimacy imprint” that affects your marriage today. Led by Farron and Rebecca Fitzpatrick


Breaking the Cycle of Hurtful Family Relationships - We learn much about life from our primary relationships, especially our parents, who are imperfect. When we were young, they modeled beliefs and behaviors they learned from their parents—who were also imperfect. Unfortunately, this cycle goes on and on, damaging one generation after the other. Most of us have learned erroneous ideas about life, about who we are, about who others are, and about who God is. As a result, our lives and our relationships have suffered. Even worse, since this is all we knew, we continue this faulty imprinting, damaging future generations without knowing that is what we are doing. Breaking the Cycle of Hurtful Family Relationships helps identify these harmful patterns and helps you learn how God, speaking through His Word, reshapes false perceptions.

Work Aware, Spiritually Healthy Work – This course focuses on self-aware and spiritual health in the workplace. Led by Christina Dablemont, focus areas will include personal strengths and weaknesses in the workplace; the impact of communication on our behavior; how compensation impacts us; dealing with difficult people; how our work history and experiences haunt or help us; and re-patterning our thoughts and behaviors about work to a God-centered perspective.


Conscious Discipline - Conscious Discipline is a philosophy and strategy system we follow in Kidcrest for connecting with kids, guiding them and helping them regulate their emotions. We are offering this newly expanded and updated 10-session course with Dr. Becky Bailey that was created to equip educators and parents alike with a foundational understanding of the Conscious Discipline Brain State Model and how to create safe, connected and problem-solving environments that allow adults and kids to function in their optimal brain state.

Liberated: God's Desire For Us To Live Free Of Substance Abuse And Guilt  is a group of women and men who offer a safe and confidential environment to help each person figure out what it looks like to honor God in their decisions about their use of alcohol or drugs.  The group, led by volunteers with extensive experience in both the sobriety and emotional health components of Woodcrest Recovery Ministry, works to provide an environment for discussion, perspective and encouragement. Participation is limited to those who are examining their alcohol or drug use, but participants are not required to declare themselves as addicts or alcoholics, nor does the spiritual nature of our discussions require any profession of faith. This group meets year round on Thursdays at 6:30pm in Room 9.


Relational & Emotional Healing Consultation

There are times when our lives or our relationships seem to be falling apart. Sometimes you may feel like there is no help for your situation. However, we believe there is hope! We offer you the opportunity to meet with church staff to discuss your situation.

Through this discussion they will help connect you to the community and to resources that can be a bridge to bring hope and healing to your life or relationship.


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Marriage


Marriage


Marriage classes

We offer several marriage classes at Woodcrest that span from premarital to developing stronger relationships to help with troubled marriages to navigating step-families. These classes meet on the Columbia campus during our spring and fall semesters. Click INFO/REGISTER for details


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Financial Peace


Financial Peace


Financial Peace University (FPU)

Classes for FPU Woodcrest will run Tuesday nights January 29-April 9 (no class March 26) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

The goal of FPU is not just information — we’re looking for transformation. This 9-week video course covers Biblical financial planning principles as taught by Dave Ramsey. This class will change the way you think about money. Learn the importance of and how to save, budget, pay off debt, purchase the right types of insurance, buy a house, save for retirement and more. Change your life… one budget at a time.


FREE DUMPING DEPT LESSON - Tuesday, February 12

There will be a Free Dumping Debt Lesson on Tuesday, February 12, 6:30 to 8:00pm, open to everyone. We open up the Dumping Debt class each semester to anyone who wants to attend. This free lesson can get you started towards financial freedom or could serve as a great refresher if you’ve been through the class before. There is no need to register for this one-off, free class but you can join our event on Facebook to let us know you are coming. Enter on the Columbia campus using the Terrace entrance. NOTE: Childcare is not available this evening for our guests. 


Please email Kelly Wright with any questions.

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Sobriety


Sobriety


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Liberated: God's Desire For Us To Live Free Of Substance Abuse And Guilt  is a group of women and men who offer a safe and confidential environment to help each person figure out what it looks like to honor God in their decisions about their use of alcohol or drugs.  The group, led by volunteers with extensive experience in both the sobriety and emotional health components of Woodcrest Recovery Ministry, works to provide an environment for discussion, perspective and encouragement. Participation is limited to those who are examining their alcohol or drug use, but participants are not required to declare themselves as addicts or alcoholics, nor does the spiritual nature of our discussions require any profession of faith. This group meets year round on Thursdays at 6:30pm in Room 9.


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Retreats


Retreats


SILENCE & SOLITUDE RETREAT

We live in a busy, noisy world, especially during the Advent and Christmas season. One gift we can give to ourselves is the gift of retreat. Retreat is a spiritual practice where we make space for God. Emilie Griffin writes, "Retreat is a generous commitment to friendship with God." During retreat we practice spiritual disciplines like silence, solitude, teaching, and reflections. 

We host an Advent-focused Silence & Solitude Retreat around the first weekend of December each year. Our focus for this retreat will be to prepare our hearts for the Christmas season. The retreat typically begins on a Saturday at 1:00 pm and ends Sunday at 2:00 pm. It is held at the beautiful Lakeview Lodge at Windermere, Lake of the Ozarks.  


SACRED JOURNEY RETREATS

The Sacred Journey retreats consist of a cohort that meets 8 times together over the span of two years. The retreats will explore the spiritual disciplines of desire, rest, prayer, scripture, known, listen, called and thrive. We also offer “GUEST SPOTS” at each retreat for those unable to commit for the two-year cohort or for those simply wanting to test the waters.