Adult Ministry

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Adult Discipleship Fall 2021 Small Group Sign-up

Please complete the form below, check the small group(s) you would like to attend and click "submit". We look forward to connecting with you! (Scroll down to see Group Descriptions)

Group Descriptions

Sunday Mornings

Anonymous: Jesus Hidden Years . . . and Yours by Alicia Britt Chloe – Sundays @ 8:15-9:15am, Sept. 12 – Oct. 31, Classroom 1

We all experience times of hiddenness, when our potential is unseen. In these sacred spaces, God grows in us an unshakable identity, an accurate portrait of Himself. Join us for this amazing book study. Childcare available.

Contact: Keith Hall or 816-729-0821

Seeking Good News – Sundays @ 9:30-10:30am, Starting Sept. 12., Classroom 4

We study the Bible as it relates to our modern lives. We love discussion and really can agree to disagree when needed. We enjoy being together and welcome new people with open arms. We are starting this fall with the study, What Makes You Happy by Andy Stanley (6 sessions). Childcare available.

Contact: Rita Philipps or 816-628-5484

New Beginnings – Sundays @ 9:30-10:30am, Starting Sept. 12, Classroom 1  

We study the Adult Bible Study of United Methodist Church. The lessons are Bible based and Christ centered. Discussions are thought provoking and fun, leading to deeper insight in our spiritual lives. Childcare available.

Contact: Norma Mooney or 816-635-3811

Men’s Group – Sundays @ 10:45-11:45am Starting Sept. 12, Classroom 5  

Equipping you with the tools to pursue a personal relationship with Jesus and experience the presence of God’s power. The Power of Knowing God by Tony Evans (6 sessions). Childcare available.

Contact: Chuck Dickson or 816-498-3335

Exploring Christ

Chosen – Sundays @ 6-7:30, Starting September 12, Sanctuary

All ages and families are welcome! We will watch “The Chosen”, a television drama based on the life of Jesus on the big screen. The series not only digs deeper into the people who encountered Jesus, but also to show Jesus in a way that is more personal, intimate, and immediate. We will have a short discussion after each viewing.

Contact: Greg & Mandi Nakata or 816-728-8111

Monday Night Football – Mondays @ 7:15pm, Sept. 13 - Dec 20, Nicky's Pizza in Liberty

Football+Pizza+Friends. It really is that simple. 

Chiefs play on Sunday night, November 14. It is after the time change, so it will be dark enough to use the big screen in the parking lot!

Contact: Adam Mustoe

Young Adult Hang Out (age 22 & up) – Second Saturdays @ 12pm, Starting Sept. 11, The Brass Rail 4940 N.E. 81st Street, Kansas City, MO (Just off Highway 152)

A small group gathering of young adults connected to our church and the surrounding community. Gather to eat, shoot some pool and just hang out.

Contacts: Marshall West @ 816-416-9767

Michael West @ 816-419-1407

Transforming in Christ

B.L.E.S.S. livestream – Tuesdays @ 8pm (this is a time change!), Sept. 7– Oct. 5, Facebook Live

Join Pastor Adam & friends on nights to go deeper into the scripture from Sunday as well as discuss how we can be blessing those in our sphere of influence.

Contact: Adam Mustoe

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver –Tuesdays @ 9-11am, Sept. 7 – Nov. 9, Classroom 4

A fresh approach to the Bible story of Mary and Martha. Through this study we will find creative, practical strategies to draw closer to our Lord, deepening our devotion, strengthening our service, and doing both with less stress and greater joy.

Contact: Mary Lou Jurado or 816-628-6099

Maturing in Christ

Spiritual Apprenticeship – Sundays @ 6-8pm, Oct 3, Oct 10, Oct 17, Nov 7, Nov 14, Dec 5 Location TBD 

This ten-week experience will be composed of discussion, study, and maybe even a little fun. The goal is to intentionally learn and practice the way of Jesus. At the conclusion of the apprenticeship, each participant will articulate a “so what” as their next steps toward leadership and ministry. The hope and intent are that participants will be equipped to lead others along a similar journey, who they will help to one day lead others in a similar journey.

Contact: Adam Mustoe

40 Days of Community by Rick Warren – Thursdays @ 9-10:30am, Sept. 23-Oct. 28, Classroom 4

God is moving in our life; can you feel it? Our many past months of prayer and preparation now brings us to a time to plan and serve with a purpose. Now is the time, the Spirit is strong, encouraging each of us to take that next step of faith and move forward. Pastor Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life will teach steps to practice God’s five purposes to live a healthy, balanced, purpose driven life. Join us as we answer the question, “What on earth are WE here for?” Clue: We’re better together.

Contacts: Sheila Glenn-Whitford, 816-628-3875

Velda McMorris,

Centered in Christ

The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr - Wednesdays @ 6:00-7:00pm, (time change) Sept. 15 – Nov. 3, Classroom 5

Drawing on scripture, history, and spiritual practice, Rohr articulates a transformative view of Jesus Christ as a portrait of God’s constant, unfolding work in the world.  Rohr writes, “Our understandings have been limited by culture, religious debate, and the human tendency to put ourselves at the center.” It's a book study: Read + show up + discuss. It really is that simple.

Contact: Sherry Oxandale or 816-628-5560 ex. 1011

Supportive Groups

Financial Peace – Sundays, Starting September 12

Kick debt once and for all! Yes—it’s possible. Join our virtual Financial Peace University class and learn the proven way to dump debt and build wealth. It’s not a joke or a get-rich-quick scheme. It’s God’s way of handling money. You can do it! And now, you can try Financial Peace free for 14 days! Visit to sign up and learn more. Angela and Miguel Carrasco, third-time facilitators, will be leading this class.

Contact: Angela & Miguel Carrasco

Focus On Fitness - Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9-9:45 am, Fellowship Center

We take care of ourselves so we can care for others. The class is designed to place a gradually increased workload on the heart, lungs, muscles and bones to help improve their function; to place a gradually increased workload on the core muscles and upper and lower extremities; and may consist of low impact aerobics resistance, flexibility and Pilates/Yoga.

Contact: Joyce Bradley or 816-903-7662

Alcoholics Anonymous – Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 7pm, Classroom 4 & Fellowship Center

A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with others. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.

Facilitator: Greg Cox or 816-510-3840

Women's Groups

Friendship Circle – Second Tuesdays @ 7pm, Please call for location

Friendship Circle is a women’s group that meets for fellowship and devotion. Several outreach projects are completed annually such as volunteering at Meet the Need, putting together homeless packs, providing colors for Children’s Mercy Hospital, etc. 

Contact: Shelly Handy 816-392-9908

Lamplighter Circle – First Tuesdays @ 7pm, Please call for location

The group meetings include prayer, devotion, a program and fellowship. The focus of the group is service to local and global communities.

Contact: Pam Appel 816-592-9041 or Rita Philipps 816-628-5484