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Discipleship Pathway

A journey to a deeper relationship with Christ

Answers to five basic questions about our Discipleship Pathway

What is our Discipleship Pathway? A collection of intentional and meaningful ways to grow closer to God, closer to others, and closer to becoming the person God intended us to be. 

Why have a Discipleship Pathway? Knowing Jesus and how to follow Him, is a life long endeavor. To make disciples, we must be disciples. Our church takes the responsibility of discipleship seriously because Jesus has entrusted this process to us. (Matthew 28: 18-19) To make disciples for the transformation of the world around us, we each must take our next step.

Where do we participate in the Discipleship Pathway? Home, work, school, church, and everywhere else we go.

When do we start? Right now.

How do we participate?  Through Worship, Service, Spiritual Practices, Community Involvement, and Learning.

Small Groups

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The Story: The Bible as one continuing story of God and His people

Using this easy to follow book we are going to read through the NIV Bible in chronological order. If you like a good novel, this study is for you! If you desire to understand the Bible better, then this study is for you! If you desire a closer relationship with God, THIS STUDY IS FOR YOU!!! If you’ve never tried a bible study before, this study is for you!!! Join us!!

Facilitator: Nicci Nauman

Wednesdays 10:30 am - 12:00 pm, starting January 16, Classroom 4

Childcare pending number of reservations received by January 2nd.

Cost of material for participant -$15

Starting Point: A Conversation About Faith 

Everything has a starting point—your life, your relationships, your education, your career.

Sometimes we forget that faith has a starting point as well. For some of us, our faith journeys began in childhood as a set of beliefs handed to us by a parent, teacher, or pastor. Or maybe you had no faith at all. Too often, a faith formed in childhood isn’t strong enough to withstand the pressures of adult life. But what if you could find a new starting point for faith? Whether you’re new to faith, curious about God, or coming back to church after some time away, it’s a place where your opinions and beliefs are valued, and no question is off limits.

Facilitator: Sherry Oxandale

Sundays at 6:00 pm, 8 sessions starting January 13, Classroom 4

Childcare pending number of reservations received by December 30th.

Practicing Prayer For Others

“God calls us to be a people of prayer, desperately depending on Him to move and transform hearts and lives. This is for people that would like to learn to pray for others. Each week will have a time of teaching, and a time to practice praying for others.

Facilitator: Greg Pope

Thursdays at 7:00pm, 4 sessions starting January 17, Classroom 5

Women’s Bible Study

Meet with women who enjoy studying and learning the Word of God. Our meeting format includes prayer, a video segment by a Christian leader such as Beth Moore, Pricilla Shire, Andy Stanley, and Francis Chan, followed by study questions and great discussions. All are welcome!

Tuesdays 9:00 – 11:00 am, Classroom 4

The Books of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John 

Comfortable Christianity often means a weak Christianity. In this study on John’s three letters, Dr. Tony Evans challenges Christians who have grown comfortable and complacent in their faith. Fellowship with God is the essence of our faith, and Tony walks through 1, 2 & 3 John to paint a picture of love, obedience, and truth. In a world that hates Jesus, we are called to love Him and His people with a fierce love.

Facilitator: Shelly Handy

Mondays 7:00 pm, 8 sessions starting January 14, Classroom A


It has been said that if the Bible contained Romans and nothing else it would still be sufficient to bring billions to faith in Jesus. Paul’s words in Romans have inspired some of the Church’s greatest leaders - from Martin Luther to John Wesley - to devote their lives to Christ. We’ll dig deep into the riches of this letter as we we are challenged to live fully into the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Facilitator: Spencer Smith

Beginning, January 16, Wednesday mornings 6:00-7:00am at a location TBD.

Being and Making Disciples of Jesus 

Dallas Willard’s book, The Divine Conspiracy has revolutionized how we think about the true meaning of discipleship. We will concentrate on Chapters 8 & 9 as we attempt to find practical ways to change our lives to become disciples of Jesus, and in turn, bring others into discipleship.

Facilitator: Dan Dale

Sunday Evenings from 6:00-7:00pm, sessions starting January 13, Classroom 5

Childcare pending number of reservations received by December 30th.

Community Groups

Community group = authentic relationships + growing together. God designed us to grow spiritually by being connected relationally. Consider spending one hour a week, for eight weeks getting to know individuals in a small group setting. The groups will be formed by matching life interests and time available. 

Supportive Groups

Focus On Fitness (FOF)

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 increase workload on the core muscles and upper and lower extremities, and may consist of low impact aerobics resistance, flexibility and Pilates/Yoga.

Facilitator: Joyce Bradley

• Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 9:00 - 9:45 am, Fellowship Center

Alcoholics Anonymous

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

• Tuesdays at 7:00 pm, Classroom 4

Adult Sunday School


Alamo - Classroom 1

This is a scripture based Sunday school class. The class encourages an open dialogue amongst members, with a focus on applying scripture to modern day issues.

Seeking Good News - Classroom 4

We are a group who like to study the Bible and its relationship to our modern lives. We love discussion and really can agree to disagree if need be. We enjoy being together and welcome new people with open arms. Right now, our favorite lessons are Andy Stanley videos and studies. 

New Beginnings - Classroom 3 

Our multi-generational class studies the adult curriculum that the United Methodist Church publishes. The lessons cover the historical basis for how the scripture came to be, the symbolism behind worship and worship places, how the Old and New Testaments connect and how it all relates to contemporary life. The resulting discussions are thought provoking and fun, leading to deeper insight in our spiritual lives.