"IF you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."
Voyage has created a few different ways to build strong, life-giving relationships with others that will help us "go far." These avenues are known as Growth Groups, Voyage classes and Discipleship Pathway . These groups are designed to help us fulfill our core practices of UP (connecting with God), IN (connecting with each other), and fueling us towards living OUT the love (connecting with the community).
The purpose of a Growth Group is to help you take your next step with God by joining a crew committed to traveling the same direction. While each group has its unique focus, all are focused on helping you deepen your connection with God and with one another, so that more of Christ is seen in you on the voyage of life.
Voyage Classes are held at various times throughout the year to focus on growing in a specific area of interest. These courses normally run a few weeks in which Voyagers can be equipped to better serve the kingdom. Some class examples include Network Spiritual gifts, Loving well, and Financial Peace University. These courses will be offered at various times thought the year.
Voyage's definition of a disciple is "a learner who loves God, loves people, and brings Jesus' way of life into this world." The goal of the Discipleship Pathway is for people to look more like Jesus at the end of the process than they did when they started the process. Discipleship Pathway right now meets every other week on Friday nights.
The Christian life is not a solo voyage. God’s intention is for us to be crew-mates, helping one another reach a destination that God has made clear in His Word. It requires getting our compass aligned with His. That will mean course corrections and change. We believe that real change happens in real community. It happens by intention, not by chance. Growth Groups are for those who do not want to settle for an occasional pleasure cruise, but rather for those who desire the adventure God has for them. We know that this comes about only as we learn to tune into the Spirit of God, share the stories of the soul and relate like the Trinity. None of us have arrived. We want to be accepted right where we are, experience the safety of grace, and join with those who can envision where we could be, empowered by truth and strengthened in hope.
Starting Point (8 Weeks)
If you are new to Voyage or new to a group experience, this is the place to get your feet wet. This group will help you discern your next step in growing your relationship with God. This 8 session class will be held this March, Wednesday or Thursday evening. Watch for announcements after the first of the year. Contact Bill at 269-929-1181 or Marlita at 269-599-1834.
Meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Michigan Room. They are currently digging deeper into the book of Jonah. Their goal is “to see Spiritually alive and empowered women loving God and serving our community.” To connect call Penny at 269-832-8864.
We gather on alternate Tuesdays of the month from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the homes of participants who volunteer to host. This group dives into God’s Word through the Bible Project or similar studies. Their mission, based on Luke 5:4, is “To Live the Love by trusting God and supporting one another, expecting that as we push out into deeper water (spiritual dependence and growth) and reach out to others, God will fill our nets.” Find Don at 269-569-0251 or Diane at 269-989-1822.
Daytime growth group
This group launches every Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. in the Anchor Room. Participants prepare and share a study from the Bible, pray for one another, the church and community. They care well for one another as well as do service projects in the community. Call Rosemary at 269-491-4959 to join this crew.
family Growth group
Gathers weekly on Sundays from 5:30-7:00 in the superior room off the gym. A place for the entire family. Whether you are a couple, single, or child, the goal is to grow to be more like Jesus. We desire to see people empowered to live out the mission of loving up, in and out as they help one another live out the love of Christ. Join any time. Contact Laura at 616-206-1172 or Pastor Glenn 269-375-5265.
Meets the 1st and 3rd Sunday evenings from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. in the Michigan Room. While the world tries to divide us, Scripture emphasizes over and over the beauty and importance of both diversity and unity among God’s people. As disciples following the call and mission of Jesus, and with much dependence on the Holy Spirit, the group is committed to learning how to become effective agents of God’s redemptive racial and ethnic reconciliation. Scripture, videos and other resources are used. We’d love to have you join us, whether you’re new to this journey or a longtime learner. Call/text Jill at 717- 679-7485 or Larry at 717-679-7484.
Information on Voyage Classes coming soon....