Adult Bible Fellowships

img 6574-smallHere at Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church we like to think of each Adult Bible Fellowship (ABF) as “a church within a church”--a smaller community within the larger congregation, where individuals are committed to spiritual growth and transformation. “Adult” because they are the primary vehicle for adult ministries within the church. “Bible” because sound biblical teaching is the focus of the curriculum. And “Fellowship” because of our common spiritual life together.

ABFs bring their members together for discipleship in Christ-likeness, care for one another, building up of the body of believers and reaching out into the world. We believe that spiritual transformation occurs most naturally in this type of community – a community of disciples who are being equipped to actively live out their faith.

We hope the following list will give you a place to start in your search for an ABF home here at Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church. While the ABF descriptions may list a general stage of life for its members, each ABF is a family encompassing a variety of ages and backgrounds. We encourage you to try out any of the groups that might appeal to you. You will find that each ABF has a unique personality, so visit several and find the one where you can connect with Jesus, with a community of believers, and with God’s purpose for your life.

abf logo-smallAdult Bible Fellowships offer a great place to practice the Bible’s “One Anothers”

  • Comfort one another.
  • Be devoted to one another in love.
  • Honor one another above yourselves.
  • Welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you.
  • Show hospitality to one another.
  • Live in harmony with one another.
  • Serve one another humbly in love.
  • Encourage one another and build each other up.
  • Increase and abound in love for one another and for all.
  • Outdo one another in showing brotherly love.
  • Teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom.
  • Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
  • Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another.
  • Stir up one another to love and good works.

 

Our ABFs

ACTION

(Families with Children, preschool to college-age) Location: Gordon Rec Center, room 136

Our ABF's mission is to be "intentionally impacting people to action through teaching and mobilization." As part of our DNA, each week we will receive teaching, accept a challenge to be outward focused, hear stories of God's action through class members, share, and pray together.

Contact: Wendell Miller, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

AION

(College-age, 18-23) Location: Fellowship Hall, area 9

Are you a college-aged student (approximately 18-23) looking to get conected with others your own age? Then the Aion ABF is for you! Prayer, Bible study, and meaningful discussion are all foundational here.

Contact: Josh Wilson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (574) 527-4647

CELEBRATION

(Multi-generational) Location: Fellowship Hall, area 6

Celebration is a unique multigenerational family that celebrates individuality as well as group life. Clear Bible teaching, coupled with hearty discussion, flavor this class.

Contact: Don Taylor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CONNECTIONS

(All ages, new to the church) Location: Gathering Space at The Hub

This is a class about relationships, making new friends in the church family, getting to know others who are also new, and interacting with a variety of people who can help others find their place in the church family. Class meets in the fall and spring.

Contact: Bruce Barlow, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ETERNAL PERSPECTIVE

(Families with children, preschool to college-age) Location: Fellowship Hall, area 10

Eternal Perspective is a group of families seeking to live with eternity in view. We are at a busy stage of life with children in school and growing careers. We spend time in the Word and time together in order to help each other increasingly reflect Christ in our marriages, our families, our careers, and our ministries.

Contact: Dave & Wendy Darr, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

GOLDEN HEIRS

(Retired/semi-retired) Location: Fireside Room

The intent of the class is to support and assist our church family and missionary outreach throughout our Grace Brethren Fellowship. Ron Henry teaches our class lessons, which focus on encouraging self-examination and impacting our individual lives. We have treats and coffee at class time with regular social times consisting of carry-ins or eating out at a restaurant. We may be some of the "old guys," but the Lord is not finished with us yet!

Contact: Bobbette Ridenour, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or Ron & Willa Henry, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

IMPACT

(Young adults, college-age singles, newly married) Location: Gordon Rec Center, Faculty Office

Impact is a community of young adults, post-high school through early 30's, who come together in the Word, in prayer and in accountability--all while having a good time! Our commitment is to week-long community and service. We invite you to become a part of our family!

Contact: Tim Bernier, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

KING’S COMPANY

(Multi-generational) Location: Gordon Rec Center, room 135

King’s Company is group of diverse individuals meeting to study God's Word and to celebrate what God is doing in our lives. Several from within our group teach our class. In addition, we enjoy excellent outside guest teachers throughout the year. Our ABF also meets as a small group, giving us an opportunity to continue discussing the morning worship service or ABF class lessons. King's Company desires to grow in number with new individuals joining our bookstore gang. Even more important, we also desire to grow deeper in our relationships with God and each other. If you enjoy coffee and conversation, we invite you to come.

Contact: Jeff Secaur, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

THE L.O.F.T.

(Multi-generational) Location: The Loft at the Hub

Our ABF's purpose is "to love and encourage each other in our relationship with Christ and share Him with people in our fields." The L.O.F.T. is an acronym: "Living Our Faith Together" or "Living Out Fundamental Truth." Teaching varies from videos, discussions, book studies, and topical studies.

Contact: Steve Friedberg, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PASSIONATE PEOPLE

(Multi-generational) Location: Gordon Rec Center, room 023

Join Passionate People, a group of cross-generational, intercultural, multi-faceted followers of Jesus who are passionate about knowing God, loving each other, and genuinely living out their faith! Connect with community-minded believers who enjoy laughing, praying, and learning together.

Contact: Carlos Tellez, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PEOPLE SEEKING CHRIST

(Multi-generational) Location: Shawnee Room C at the Hub

People Seeking Christ (PCS) is a cross-generational group of adults who are seeking to grow in Christ. We do this though weekly time in fellowship, Bible study, and prayer. We also get together for socials and are planning outreach activities in the next quarter. Come join us if this sounds like you!

Contact: Jesse & Gladys Deloe, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PRACTICAL LIVING

(Empty-nesters/retirees) Location: Church Conference Room

Practical Living ABF focuses on dynamic Bible study, lively discussion, small group atmosphere, care, and prayer. Our class embraces a wide range of ages, interests, and gifts. Our careers are in the fields of health care, education, finance, community leadership, etc. Though you won’t hear another sermon in our class, you will be encouraged to think beneath the surface about how the Bible applies to life. We value humor and good times. We seek to build each other up in godliness and maturity. About half of each class period consists of body life and the other half Bible study. If you want to stretch your mind, warm your heart, and become more like Christ, come join us.

Contact: Ken Seyfert, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

REAL PEOPLE

(Empty-nesters/retirees) Location: Fellowship Hall, areas 2 and 3

The Real People ABF is a group that lives up to its name! Our class includes people with a multitude of backgrounds and life experiences who enjoy encouraging one another, sharing blessings and burdens, and studying God’s Word together. We could be called the “sandwich” generation, because many of us are in between raising our own children and caring for our parents. If you’re looking for an ABF with a family atmosphere, where you can find support in your walk with Christ, then Real People is for you.

Contact: Denny Daniels, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Gary Tanner, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

STAT

(Families with children of various ages) Location: Fellowship Hall, area 5

STAT is predominately couples with school-age children but also includes couples with infants or college students. Our emphasis is prayer, fellowship, and Bible teaching from guest speakers, as well as video series.

Contact: Mark & Barb McCollom, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WOMEN'S ABF

(Women of all ages) Location: Fellowship Hall, areas 7 and 10

As its title suggests, our ABF is made up of women in all stages of life, from college students to stay-at-home moms, to working ladies, single and married. This class uses facilitated DVD Bible studies often done by well-known authors. In-depth Bible study, discussions, and great fellowship are the hallmarks of our ABF. We designed it so that each lady is encouraged and uplifted in the Lord.

Contact: Lois Maxson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

YOUNG FAMILIES

Families of young children) Location: Gordon Rec Center, room 026

If you are parents of young children, our ABF's goal is to help you connect to each other and grow in Christ while tackling the challenges of raising young children.

Contact: Adam & Kyrsta Lenon, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.