Connect

Experience biblical community, grow spiritually and make some friends along the way.

Small groups are one of the key ways we develop a growing relationship with Jesus. Whether you’re a new believer, new to Shepherd, or are looking to deepen your faith, we have a group for you. Groups meet online, in-person (or a mix of both!) and usually consist of less than 15 people. Not sure where you stand? Begin by choosing the statement below that you best identify with. There is no right or wrong choice – each person’s journey is unique!

"I'm new to Shepherd, and I would
like to learn more"

Newer here? We would simply love to meet you, shake your hand,  and get to know your name. Come meet our pastors after worship in the lobby after any worship service. In general, First Step is intentionally offered for 15 minutes after worship on the 3rd Sunday of the month with an invitation to take a Next Step when you are ready.

For those of you who have been around Church of the Shepherd for a while, be sure to let new people know about First Step when you meet them at church.  We're grateful to have such a welcoming and friendly congregation, and you can help us get new people connected by pointing them toward First Step.

The next First Step will take place on January 16th.

"I’m not sure what I believe in. I have a lot of questions and want to ask them in a safe place with others" 

Explore the biggest questions in life.

Alpha is a series of group conversations that explore life, spirituality, and faith through a Christian lens. This will be an open environment where anyone who is atheist, skeptic, or just curious about faith can easily explore questions of life with new friends.

No preaching. No judgment. No pressure.

Next start date: TBA

"I’m passionate about helping others experience God’s love but I don’t know how to approach it or what to say " 

Check out “Bless." It's a 4 week Training & Equipping Course
Our Goal is to cultivate a Culture of Discipleship through Relational Hospitality designed to be a natural part of who we are as Christ’s own Ambassadors being sent out into our world. We take and reflect the love of Jesus wherever we naturally go. 

Next BLESS date: March 7th

Join us on Zoom here

"I am ready to dig deeper into God’s Word in the bible with others"

Learning scripture is an important part to growth as a Disciple, and we can have a deeper understanding of God and who we are called to be as Disciples when we spend time studying the Bible. One thing you can expect from this study: you'll learn the meaning of servant leadership. Disciple aims at transformation, not just information

This fall we will be offering Disciple Bible Study: Fast Track designed to be as meaningful and engaging as the Disciple Study, but geared towards people who are busy. This study offers an opportunity for both learning and lasting friendships.

Next start date: TBA

"I want to grow in my faith and my relationship with Jesus"

Explore is an opportunity to really dig deep into the values, the mission, and the path we use to make Disciples here at Church of the Shepherd.

Explore: Faith, Beliefs, and the United Methodist Church
Tuesday, Feb 8th 6:30pm- 7:30pm
Zoom with Pastor Jon Spalding and Robin Long
Join us on Zoom with this link
 
Explore: Church of the Shepherd & Membership

Tuesday, Mar 1, 2022 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Zoom with Pastor Jon Spalding and Robin Long
Join us on Zoom with this link
Ben McWhorter-Rush
Spiritual Formation Pastor

Life is better together.

No matter where you are on your faith journey, life is always better when we do it with someone else.  We'll help you connect in an online group with others looking to take a next step to grow relationally and spiritually. If you're looking to find a community of friends, a place to grow and learn, and a place to experience transformation, there's a place for you here! We hope you'll join us online soon!

Thinking about starting or joining a group?

We're discovering that relationships have never been more important and impactful than they are right now. A great way to stay connected with others is by starting or joining a community group. Whether it's safely gathering with those you are close to or connecting online, community groups are the best way to stay engaged and continue to grow in your faith with others beyond weekend worship. Take a listen to what one of our community group leaders has to say about the impact his group has had on his faith during this time.

Thinking about starting or joining a group?

We're discovering that relationships have never been more important and impactful than they are right now. A great way to stay connected with others is by starting or joining a community group. Whether it's safely gathering with those you are close to or connecting online, community groups are the best way to stay engaged and continue to grow in your faith with others beyond weekend worship. Take a listen to what one of our community group leaders has to say about the impact his group has had on his faith during this time.