Small group ministry strives to promote spiritual development, grow Disciples of Christ and deem community among members and friends of UMCTO by meeting regularly in small groups. Historically small groups have been a component of Methodism. John Wesley made “class meetings” a requirement for membership in a Methodist society. These meetings were designed to help people deepen their faith in a trustworthy, accountable community. In the spirit of that tradition we offer the following ongoing small groups.
Current Small Groups
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A Disciple's Path: Deepening your Relationship with Christ & The Church: Participants will develop spiritual practices, discover their unique gifts, anmd become engaged in ministry that brings transformation n their own live, the lives of others, and the world. Facilitator: Pastor Steve (note:no meeting Oct 31st)
Dig Deeper Sermon Discussion: Dig deeper and discuss with others the deeper meaning of that Sunday’s scripture and sermon lessons. Apply the message to your life.
Crown Financial: A Christian based seminar on finances that will teach people God’s financial principles which will enable us to become debt free and enable us to grow closer to God through his teachings and his guidance. The 10 week class will provide practical applications in an atmosphere of prayer, closeness with fellow classmates, and confidentiality. Current class has been completed check back for next class offerings.
Discipleship Group Bible/Book Study: Current study: "Enough Discovering Joy through Simplicity and Generosity" by Adam Hamilton. Enough is an invitation to rediscover the Bible’s wisdom when it comes to prudent financial practices. In these pages are found the keys to experiencing contentment, overcoming fear, and discovering joy through simplicity and generosity.
FaithLink: a study for adults who want to apply their Christian beliefs to current faith issues and world events. This study not only motivates Christians to consider their personal views on important contemporary issues, it also encourages them to act on their beliefs. (This class is not currently being offered)
i.e. Groups: i.e. (Invite and Engage): Small covenant groups of up to 10 meet in member's homes for weekly discussion of previous week's sermon, guided by discussion questions & scripture. Learn how to apply the lessons to your everyday life. i.e. Groups current session runs from September 17 to week of November 19, 2012. Look for sign-ups after Christmas for the next session.
Marriage Built to Last: This once a month study is designed for couples. Attend a Bible study followed by a night out. We will watch the DVD series “Marriage Built to Last” by Chip Ingram, and includes Biblical and practical teaching on these six critical topics: There will be no meetings during the summer months.
Men’s Book Study: This bi-monthly men’s small group meets in members homes and is currently using "Max on Life: Answers and Insights to your Most Important Questions" by Max Lucado. In this DVD-based study, Max addresses questions about the role of prayer, the purpose of pain, and the reason for our ultimate hope. He responds to the day-to-day questions—parenting quandaries, difficult relationships—as well as to the profound: Is God really listening?
Mother’s Bible & Book Study: A small group for mothers of all ages! This small group provides the opportunity for mothers to fellowship and study together. At the completion of a study the members together choose another book or a Bible Study. Currently the group is using the Companions in Christ Program.Child care is available upon request.
Pastor Steve's Bible Study: These Studies are facilitated by Pastor Steve and are walk-in and short term studies.
Ruth The Story of God's Unending Redemption: This 6 week study (5/20-6/24) is based on the book by Robert A. Wauzzinski. Participants will read the Biblical book of Ruth in its relevance for our current lives in society fraught with greed for self and lovelessness for he stranger. In July the group will use the book theThe Parables of Dr. Seuss by Robert L. Short which will match with the elementary Sunday school classes which will enable parents to study the same material as their children.
Renovare: The Renovare Monday Night Study group if open to all who are seeking to experience fullness of relationship with our Lord God. Our goal is to develop renewed, sustainable, and enriched spiritual lives. Members are encouraged to practice spiritual disciplines and to take turns leading class.
Spirituality Class: The Spirituality Class meets every Tuesday morning. Women of all ages come together to pray, personally experience God’s grace, find spiritual renewal, to be challenged and transformed and to develop a closer relationship with God, Jesus Christ and each other. You will find open, caring and accepting ladies with a safe place to explore your questions and your faith. The weekly study is usually video based followed by discussion and a time of prayer. No preparation is needed; please join us when you can.
The Shack: Study and discussion on the novel The Shack by William P Young. ”The Shack" wrestles with the timeless question, "Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?" . Final class meets February 12, 2012. Next study Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time begins February 19, 2012.
Young Adult Bible & Book Study: This study is for young adults (20’s and 30”s) Rotating leadership and studies. (Currently on recess due to number of babies born recently to members)