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 – spring, summer, 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.

Culture-Making (Where Christ Meets Culture)

Life, personal growth, and ministry all happen within a cultural context. Because of that, understanding God’s view of culture becomes important to investigating one’s ongoing growth in Christ, and one’s sense of calling in the world. Beginning with a study of how Christianity has historically responded to culture, then investigating how to discern culture in our day, this group will seek to develop a picture of what meaningful culture-shaping engagement with the world might look like.

Commitment: 6 weeks
Date: Monday evenings from April 29 to June 10 (No meeting May 27th for Memorial Day)
Time: 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.
Location: ECC Banquet Area
Facilitator: Jim Ehrman

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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 April 29 to June 10 (No meeting May 27th for Memorial Day)
Time: 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.
Location: ECC Banquet Area
Facilitator: Floyd Zook

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Hearing God’s Voice

Hearing and knowing the voice of God is one of the most significant parts of our walk with Christ, and often times can become one of the most frustrating and confusing parts as well. God’s Word promises that we will hear His voice, but how can we be confident that what we think we are hearing is truly God?

In this 6-week focus, you will discover the ways that God communicates with you, become more sensitive and discerning His voice in the midst of all other voices, and grow in confidence that you can hear God’s voice.

Commitment: 6 weeks
Date: Monday evenings from April 29 to June 10 (No meeting May 27th for Memorial Day)
Time: 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.
Location: ECC Banquet Area
Facilitator: Matt Swords

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Conquer – 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: Thursday evenings from May 2 to June 6
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: ECC Banquet Area
Facilitator: Jonathan Showalter

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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: Thursday evenings from May 2 to June 6
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: ECC Banquet Area
Facilitator: David Turner

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The Work of the Holy Spirit

Do you feel like your Christian life isn’t working or that you are operating on your own power? God put His Spirit in us so we can be empowered to live as His witnesses here on earth.  At ECC, we desire that the Holy Spirit will be known as an active person at work in our lives. We want you to experience His Baptism, and to work in His power through the gifts He imparts to you, and to bless others by the Fruits of His evidence in our lives.

In this 6-week Group, you will learn more about the biblical precedent for the Holy Spirit, and the empowerment that comes from Him.

Commitment: 6 weeks
Date: Thursday evenings from May 2 June 6
Time: 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.
Location: ECC Banquet Area
Facilitator: Jimmy Nimon and Vern Martin

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