Growth Groups

It is our vision at Ephrata Community Church that everyone would be saved, rooted, and grounded in Jesus Christ. We also understand that none of us drift toward spiritual growth. It doesn’t just happen automatically for any of us. Therefore, our Growth Groups are intentionally designed as a tool for you to grow as a follower of Jesus Christ.

The Growth Groups run throughout the year in three semesters –winter, spring and fall – covering a variety of topics. We invite you to take a step and commit to a Growth Group that will further equip you to live a victorious and fruitful Christian life.

Monday Evening

Conquer 1 – A Battle Plan for Purity

 Living as “conquerors through Christ who loved us” is a challenge for men, especially since every man faces sexual temptations. We know that fighting to become free from sexual bondage is a marathon and possibly one of the greatest challenges we as men face in life. However, there is hope for any man’s mind battle. Living in purity is more rewarding and life-giving than anything you can imagine.

This series explores the strongholds that keep men in bondage and will highlight why trying harder has not, and will not, work. Featuring experts who specialize in addictions and the brain, the Conquer Series will take a look at many of the ways in which the brain has been affected and changed through sexual addiction.

Commitment: 6 weeks

Date: Monday evenings from September 14–October 19

Time: 7:00–9:00 p.m.

Location: ECC Conference Rooms

Facilitator: Mike Brill


Conquer 2 – Tools for Success

Continuing on from Conquer 1, this 6-week group focuses on practical tools men have access to from God to fight back against these strongholds in their lives. You will also learn proven principles to prevent future relapses and how spiritual bondage plays a role in preventing true freedom.

Commitment: 6 weeks

Date: Monday evenings from September 14–October 19

Time: 7:00–9:00 p.m.

Location: ECC Conference Rooms

Facilitator: Jon Showalter



 Alpha is a 9-week video series focused on exploring the Christian faith and answering the “Why” and “How” questions that many have about Christianity. Alpha is a safe and welcoming environment to invite friends, family, and work colleagues to explore life’s biggest questions. It is especially conducive to those who might not describe themselves as Christians or churchgoers.

With video teachings and group discussions, Alpha covers a wide spectrum of the Christian faith like who Jesus is and why He died, how to pray and read the Bible, who the Holy Spirit is, and the importance of the local church.

Commitment: 9 weeks

Date: Monday evenings from September 14–November 9

Time: 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Location: ECC Conference Rooms

Facilitator: Denise Beamesderfer


Kingdom Marketplace

 Whether business owner, manager, or worker in the marketplace, we all have a role and mandate to bring Kingdom impact.  Because every person in our society interacts with the marketplace at some level, Christians have a huge opportunity to impact people and culture at our places of work and trade. In the Kingdom Marketplace growth group, we will discover our unique life purpose, how to apply that at our workplace, as well as learn to influence our workplace with Kingdom culture.

 Commitment: 6 weeks

Date: Monday evenings from September 14–October 19

Time: 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.

Location: ECC Conference Rooms

Facilitator: Floyd Zook


Thursday Evening

Cultivating Fiery Devotion

Do you sense that something is missing in your relationship with God? Does your time with the Lord feel more like a “to-do” list rather than something that is life-giving? Many believers struggle to maintain meaningful times with the Lord. Even when disciplined in the habit, it is easy to miss out on experiencing intimate encounters with Him.

This 6-week focus will examine several life-transforming spiritual disciplines that will set your spirit ablaze with passion for God and following His will for your life. Learn how to cultivate a meaningful time with the Lord in the secret place that carries to every place.

Commitment: 6 weeks

Date: Thursday evenings from September 17–October 22

Time: 7:00–8:15 p.m.

Location: ECC Conference Room

Facilitator: Matt Swords


Financial Peace University

Has the stress of finances overwhelmed you? We all need a plan for money. Financial Peace University (FPU) is that plan! It teaches God's ways of handling money. Through video teaching, class discussions, and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you've dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more!

This 9-week study is designed to teach you and your family how to get out of debt, stay out of debt, and how to have peace and wealth in your finances. You will meet with your class each week to watch the video lesson taught by Dave Ramsey and participate in group discussions that will change your whole attitude about money.

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Commitment: 9 weeks

Date: Thursday evenings from September 17–November 12

Time: 7:00–9:00 p.m.

Location: ECC Conference Rooms.

Facilitator: Ken Stoltzfus


(L.I.F.E.) Living in Freedom Every Day

Many of us long for the kind of healing that mends the emotional wounds of the past. Then on top of this, we face difficult life issues, false beliefs, lies from our enemy, and sin which has resulted in strongholds that are putting a lid on our walk with Jesus Christ. However, we firmly believe that Jesus came to set His people free–that’s all of us!

This 6-week focus, using the book entitled “The Bondage Breaker,” provides a step-by-step process for resolving personal and spiritual conflicts, breaking free from areas of bondage, renewing the mind, and experiencing freedom for everyday life.

Commitment: 6 weeks

Date: Thursday evenings from September 17–October 22

Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Location: ECC Conference Room

Facilitators: Lee & Joyce Ritz


The Gift of Healing

In Matthew Chapter 10, Jesus gave his disciples authority to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness. As followers of Jesus, the authority to heal the sick is available to us as well. Do you have a heart to pray for the sick and oppressed? This group will teach you fundamental tools to pray for the sick, and see them recover. You will learn the biblical basis for healing, grow your confidence in praying for healing of physical conditions, learn how to receive a word of knowledge, and learn how to walk in your spiritual authority in Christ.

Commitment: 6 Weeks

Date: Thursday evening from September 17–October 22

Time: 7:00–8:30 p.m.

Location: ECC Conference Rooms

Facilitator: Donna Smith