Here is the new small group list. Sign up on VU Central or email Matt G or Robin M your selections. The deadline to sign-up is February 5th. Most groups will start in Mid-February.
NEW GROUP FORMATS!!!
□Huddle-up Groups—Want to be in small group but not sure about committing to read a whole book or stay engaged for months? These groups are for you! They will be five-week small groups of 5-7 people of the same gender that will meet to discuss Five Foundations of Fulfillment. Each week will cover one of the following stand-alone topics: Faith, Love, Family/Friendships (and conflict), Vocation (and money), and Hope/Joy. You’ll meet five times, learn a little something about yourself and others, and then be on your way.
□Life Groups—Who doesn’t want deeper community, a group to walk through life with? These groups will be groupings of 5-7 people of the same gender who get together to grow as friends—learning, encouraging, setting goals, and holding each other accountable. These groups will mainly focus on personal relationships and one another’s lives. These groups will be autonomous, and each group will take on its own personality. This will be an outstanding way to grow community.
□ Basics —led by Matt Gordon, Tuesdays 7:30 – 8:15, Echo OR 12:00-12:45 Uniform
This course explores what a Christian believes and why. Perfect for seekers, skeptics, or those wanting to grow deeper in their faith journey, this five-week course will feature two convenient times that will cover the same content and you can come to either one to stay caught up.
□ The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy—led by Eric Soete, TBD
This will be a two-week small group that will expose you to one of the Russian Literary master’s best-known stories. Ivan Ilych is a normal guy. He has a family and works hard at career. And then he gets sick. Then sicker. As death approaches his life, so too do deep questions of life’s meaning. Week one will be to hand out the story and get to know each other, and week two will be spent unpacking the story together.
□ A Hobbit, A Wardrobe, and a Great War by Joe Laconte—led by Matt Gordon, Fridays 7:45, TBD
World War I promised a new age of human progress. Instead it swallowed up young men, innocence, and changed everything. While most abandoned faith and hope for more modern ideals, JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis saw their own worldview, and friendship, strengthened by war. This book examines these two men and their interaction with the war, and the subsequent role it played on their worldview, writing, and friendship.
□ Bible Exploration—led by Tim Tallis, Wednesdays, 8 AM, Echo
This ongoing group works through books of the Bible and encourages open and honest conversation.
□ The Storyformed Way—led by Jeremy Grove, Thursdays, TBD
A 10-week journey through the Story that focuses on discipleship and growth in an interactive way.
□ Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse —led by Augie Nielsen, TBD
This story, told by the Nobel Prize-winning author, focuses on the search for meaning and a deeper existence. It follows the path of a young man named Siddhartha on his spiritual quest for self-discovery during the time of Buddha. The short read embodies the human inclination toward truth and the desire of mankind for deeper meaning, and was written by a man who spent his life dedicated to the philosophy of spirituality.
□ The Reason for God by Tim Keller—led by Kellie Faerber & Matt Gordon, Thursdays, 11:45
There are many intellectual or social objections to the idea of God. This book explores some of the most common ones and presents the logical reasons behind the belief in a personal God. A smart, easy-to-read apologetic that argues for the spiritual worldview despite a secular-based society.
□ God & Alcohol –group led
This support group helps to identify what holds you back from leading the life you truly desire, and provides people to stand beside you as you pursue that life.
□ For the Love by Jen Hatmaker—led by Meggie Hess & Amy Starr, Thursdays, 12:00, Echo
If you can laugh at yourself and your pursuit at the Pinterest-perfect life, then this book is for you. With humor and grace, this book explores how to deal with life’s biggest challenge: people! Its goal is to free you to love others—and yourself—better.
□ The Prodigal God by Tim Keller—led by Jennifer Murphy & Sara Treat, Tuesdays, 7:30, Sierra
Whether you are exploring a faith journey or looking to strengthen one, this book will challenge both the skeptic and the devout to see Christianity in a whole new way. This short, powerful book focuses on the story of the Prodigal Son.
□ The Best Yes by Lisa Terkeurst—led by T. Anderson, E. Albers, and A. Hoops, Tuesdays, 12:00, Yankee
Do you find yourself overwhelmed with the stress of a schedule that leaves your soul underwhelmed? This book helps deal with the “disease to please” and helps you redeem your time.
□ Galatians for You by Tim Keller—led by Robin May & Misty Spain, Fridays, 7:30, Echo
If you are tired of the rat race of “doing better” then Galatians will speak to you. It is all about freedom—freedom from judgment, from condemnation, from shame, and from rules, replacing these things, instead, with hope that rests outside oneself.
Nehemiah: A Heart that Can Break by Kelly Minter—led by C. Mowrey & D. Roof, Wednesdays, 11:30
This video-driven group drives one to a relational approach to the world around her. In doing so, compassion is stirred and action taken. If you have felt the tug to be “doing” something but just need to develop “what” it is you are supposed to jump into, this may be just the group for you.
□ Let It Go—led by Jen Gesch & Jessica Nelson, Wednesdays, 8:30, Sierra
Let’s face it: some women are wired to control—the house, meals, schoolwork, activities, and so on. This six-week entertaining, thought-provoking study, geared toward moms, will help you find the freedom and reward of living “out of control” in a good way.
□ Sex & Money by Paul Tripp—led by Ian Franz, TBD
Sex and money are unrivaled in their power in our lives. This study will help us break the chains of idolatry and free us up for a purer, truer joy, especially in how we deal with sex and money.
□ Anger: Taming a Powerful Emotion by Gary Chapman—led by Gary Lee & Josh Coy, Tuesdays, 8 AM
Life is full of frustrations. Relationships, too. But how we handle such defines us. This study will not only challenge our anger and how we control ourselves, but it will offer insight into the “why” behind our anger and help us recognize the difference between “good” and “bad” anger.
□ Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler—led by Brock Bukowsky, Fridays, 8 AM
Do we truly “get” the gospel? I mean, we hear the word thrown around, but do we grasp what it means at the core? And if so, do we truly realize how explicit a message it is? This study will explore the nature of the gospel and what it means for us and our world.
□ Dads Group—led by Greg Steinhoff, Thursdays, 7 AM, Echo
Calling all dads! This group is perfect for those seeking to lead and love well in the role of “father” and all that entails. Study will be determined at the first meeting.
□ First Tuesday Prayer—meets 7:30 AM in Echo Conference Room
This once a month meeting is a simple time of group prayer for VU leadership, borrowers, and coworkers.
□ One-On-One Session—check the box to have Matt or Robin contact you about arranging a time to sit down and talk about faith and life in a safe, comfortable manner.