At Peace Church, Growth Groups are ground-zero for discipleship. On Sunday mornings, and in many of our ministries, the Word is preached. But in Growth Groups, the Word is lived-out. The DNA of a Growth Group has three strands. A focus UPWARD on God, a focus INWARD on transformation through relationships and community, and a focus OUTWARD on mission through sharing the gospel and serving others.
Growth Groups study the Word, apply the Word to everyday life, share life, pray for one another, do acts of service within the community, and reach out to those who don’t yet know Christ.
Ready to join a Growth Group?
Two ways to connect:
1) Click the button to complete a form providing us with info about yourself so we can help you connect to a group that would be a good fit for you.
2) Choose from the list of open groups, and identify a group that you think would be a good fit.
3) Attend our Growth Group Launch Course!
This will be for both new groups and existing groups. For new groups, one of the most challenging parts of getting started is getting through those first few meetings. Communicating with group members, coordinating schedules, coordinating childcare, choosing a study, choosing a location, starting to build relationships – all of these are tough to do in the beginning.
In the Launch Course, we’ll bring together new leaders with new group members around a table for 4 weeks to give your group the jumpstart that it needs. You’ll walk through your first 4 meetings in the worship center, alongside other groups, following a pre-made format, receiving direction from the front, with childcare covered, and we’ll do our study time using the morning sermon series which creates an excellent recruiting tool as you simply invite people to take their Sunday morning experience deeper by joining your group.
Existing groups, this is also a huge win for you. In the Launch Course, your group will get to see they are part of something bigger. You will meet in a room full of other groups, share the same experience, and study the same material. This will also be a chance for your group to refocus on God’s design for group ministry and be an encouragement and example to new groups. And leaders, this is 4 weeks of pre-made material and church-provided snacks, that’s hard to beat!
Open Growth Groups
Leader(s): Casey Mickelson
Demographic: Young families and professionals
Current Study: Sermon Series
Location: Rotating Homes
Time: 11:00 AM, every other Sunday
Leader(s): Bob and Shannon Stauffer
Demographic: New group
Current Study: Five Points of Calvinism
Location: Stauffer home, Caledonia
Time: Alternating Wednesday evenings, 6:30 PM
Leader(s): Randy and Nancy Capp
Demographic: New Group
Current Study: Sermon Series
Location: Caledonia CRC
Time: Alternating Sunday Nights
Leader(s): Dave McMillan
Current Study: Love and Respect
Location: Peace Church
Time: Weekends, flexible time
Leader(s): Ed Haywood
Demographic: Empty-nest couples
Current Study: Crazy Love by Francis Chan
Location: Rotating between homes (Middleville and Freeport)
Time: Alternating Thursdays, 7:00–9:00 PM
Leader(s): Steven and Rachel Vannette
Demographic: Young Couples
Current Study: A Study on Marriage and Family
Time: Wednesday Evenings
Time: Sundays, Bi-Weekly