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Groups at College First

Groups at College First are foundational to your spiritual growth, connection with others, and opportunities to serve the Findlay/Hancock County community. Whether long-term or short-term, mid-week or Sunday morning, getting into a Group is essential for all.

Small Groups

Reese Small Group

Erick & Kimberly Reese
Sundays, 6:00PM-7:30PM
Topical Study, Family-Based, Kid-Friendly
Leader Contact: kreese@collegefirst.org

Edel Small Group

Jay and Debbie Edel
2nd & 4th Sundays, 6:30PM-8:00PM
Bible & Book-Based Studies, "Empty Nesters"
Leader Contact: jayedel@aol.com

Lumens

Ben & Sherri Tobias
Tuesdays, 6:30PM
Multi-Generational, A Book-Based Study
Leader Contact: saibot.neb@gmail.com

Men Alive

David Welker
Wednesdays, 6:30AM
Men's Group, A Book-Based Study, Mostly Retirees
Leader Contact: dwelker@collegefirst.org

Welker Small Group

David & Anna Welker
2nd & 4th Sundays 6:30PM-7:30PM
A Book-Based Study, Multi-Generational
Leader Contact: dwelker@collegefirst.org

Jenkins Small Group

Kevin & Pam Jenkins
Wednesdays, 6:30PM-7:30PM
Discussion Based, Multi-Generational
Leader Contact: pkjenkins@hotmail.com

Anders Small Group

Chris & Deb Anders
2nd Sundays, 6:30PM
Social Focus Supporting Parents of Young Children
Leader Contact: deborah.anders@ads-pipe.com

Stitch N Sew

Connie Reeder
Wednesdays, 10:00AM
A Quilting Group Open to All
Leader Contact: 1omi@att.net

Young Ladies Small Group

Kimberly Reese
Every Other Wednesday, 4:00PM-5:00PM
Discussion-Based, College and 20-Something Aged Ladies
Leader Contact: kreese@collegefirst.org

The Vine

Nancy Hiser
2nd and Last Wednesdays of the Month, 7:00PM
Young Adults, Discussion-Based
Leader Contact: rannonsolo7@gmail.com

The Dads Group

Brandon Kelly
Wednesdays, 6:00AM
Discussion-Based, Dads of All Ages
Leader Contact: bkelly@collegefirst.org

Koinonia

Rosemary Myers
Thursdays, 10:00AM-11:30AM
Ladies Group, Mostly Retirees, Topical Study on Heaven
Leader Contact: lmyers3@woh.rr.com

***Ruth Gleaners

Sally Elsea & Lorena Baird
1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 5:30PM-7:00PM
Ladies Group, Video Based Studies
Leader Contact: sallyelsea@gmail.com

Living Word Fellowship Group

Bob & Bonnie Nietz & Jill Gordon
Wednesdays, 7:00PM-8:30PM
Bible or Book-Based Studies, Retirees and Middle-Aged
Leader Contact: rcnietz@aol.com or shananajill@yahoo.com

***Reist Small Group

Bill and Judy Reist
Every Other Thursday Evening
Book-Based Studies, Married Couples
Leader Contact: whreist@gmail.com
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Sunday Classes

Christian Ambassadors

Susan Nice & Jerry Murray
Sundays, 9:30AM, Room 201
A Book-Based Study, Multi-Generational
Leader Contact: snice1@msn.com or jersumur2@gmail.com

Faithsharers

Alice Will
Sundays, 10:00AM, Room 200
Bible Study Focused
Leader Contact: alicem.will@yahoo.com

Friendship Seekers

Stan Scarbrough & Ken Curry
Sundays, 10:00AM, Room 204
The Standard Lesson Quarterly, Retirees
Leader Contact: scarbroughstan@gmail.com or kcurry5089@aol.com

Pathfinders

Craig Tesnow
Sundays, 10:00AM, Room 204
Adults Of All Ages, A Book-Based Study
Leader Contact: tesnow@sbcglobal.net

Soul Searchers

Bob Asel
Sundays, 10:00AM, Fellowship Hall (1st Floor)
A Book-Based Bible Study, Retirees
Leader Contact: dwelker@collegefirst.org

Short-Term Courses

Alpha Course

Alpha is a place to explore the Christian faith with others. It's a low pressure environment where all can discuss the big questions in life. Taking place on Sunday evenings, beginning September 26th, you can enjoy food, a talk, and discussion.

The Formation Course

The Formation Course is a 4-week course to help root you in your spiritual formation journey. Designed to walk you through the four key components of building your relationship with Jesus everyday, this course will help you to grow closer with God and set practical rhythms. Each session lasts one hour on Wednesdays, starting at 6PM. The course repeats every year in the fall.

The four-weeks include:
Week 1 - How to Read the Bible
Week 2 - How to Pray
Week 3 - Practicing the Presence of God
Week 4 - Following the Rhythms of Jesus

The Calling Course

The Calling Course is a 4-week course to help you discover God's calling on your life. Designed to walk you through the discovery of your gifts and the passions of your heart, this course will help you to apply the way God created you to your walk with Jesus. Each session lasts one hour on Wednesdays, starting at 6PM. The course repeats at the beginning of every year.

The four-weeks include:
Week 1 - God's Calling
Week 2 - Your Gifting
Week 3 - Your Passion
Week 4 - Living the Called Life

The Story Course

The Story Course is a 4-week course to help you share God's story with others. Designed to equip you to share how your story intersects God's story , this course will help you to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with those around you in an effective way. Each session lasts one hour on Wednesdays, starting at 6PM. The course repeats every year around Easter.

The four-weeks include:
Week 1 - God's Story
Week 2 - Your Story
Week 3 - One Story
Week 4 - Sharing Your Story

The Life on Mission Course

The Life on Mission Course is a 4-week course to help you life your life on mission. Designed to reveal the missional passion God has given you and put it to work, this course will help you to see a missionary lifestyle as an everyday practice. Each session lasts one hour on Wednesdays, starting at 6PM. The course repeats every year at the beginning of summer.

The four-weeks include:
Week 1 - Your Missional Passion
Week 2 - Your Home as a Missional Outpost
Week 3 - Reaching Your Neighbor
Week 4 - Missional Rhythms

LEADERSHIP HUB

At College First, we believe that everyone is a leader. We lead through discipling others, we lead our families, we lead others to Christ, and we demonstrate Jesus through our leadership in the community. Leadership Hub is a training opportunity to equip you to be an Everyday Leader. Taking place each year in the fall and lasting for 9 months, Leadership Hub will help you to to fulfill your calling to live on mission and make disciples.

What Does Leadership Hub Look Like?

Inform

Content Delivery
One Saturday each month, we'll gather together from 9AM to 3PM to work through content that will help to equip you. Covering a variety of topics, these sessions will give you the knowledge you need to live as an Everyday Leader.
Reading
Six books are given for reading over the course of Leadership Hub to supplement knowledge and to grow your capacity as a leader.

Process

Processing what you're learning and experiencing is essential to the Leadership Hub process and to being an Everyday Leader. During our Saturday sessions, time will be set aside to help you process and apply what you're learning. Each month, you'll gather with a few other participants for 90 minutes in a Huddle, to process your efforts to live out what you're learning.
The ultimate questions we ask are: what is God saying to me? And what am I going to do about it?

Practice

Each month will include "homework" assignments to not just learn and process, but to practice what you're learning. These assignments will be achievable and practical, ultimately giving you space to try out the skills you need to lead.

Plan

Every month, you'll develop a plan towards how you will live out what you're learning over the next four weeks. Taking into account your schedule and what God is calling you to, these plans are customized to your own journey of leadership.

At the end of Leadership Hub, you'll develop a larger plan to set your course for the next year. How you'll continue to grow, learn, and live in reflection of being equipped to lead.

What Do You Learn?

Jesus at the Center

September

Everything we do as a leader is built around Jesus being at the center of our lives. We'll look at what it means to imitate and follow Jesus with all that we are. Every tool, framework, and practice we'll learn is based in the life and ways of Jesus.

Building Community

October

Leadership is focused on others. We'll learn how to care for others and build a community that focuses on relationship, encouragement, and support.

Discipling Others

November

Ultimately,  our purpose beyond worshiping Jesus is to make disciples. We'll learn how to disciple others through a frame of leadership.

Spiritual Rhythm

December

Leaders need rhythms that give rest and relationship in the Lord and produce fruit for the Kingdom. We'll learn the components of a healthy rhythm and design a plan that works for each person.

Missional Passion

January

God has placed a missional passion in your heart. We'll take time to unearth that passion and work through best practices to start living on mission towards that passion - calling others to join us in our work.

Self-Discovery

February

Leaders know their strengths and develop them. Leaders also know their weaknesses and find others to compliment them. We'll learn the giftings God has given you and how to lead in alignment with them.

Reaching Out

March

Building and growing relationships with those you don't know is a skill every leader and disciple needs to know. We'll learn how to reach out, plant seeds, and grow relationships to Kingdom fruitfulness.

Thoughtful Living

April

Leaders act with thoughtfulness, reflecting and processing before moving too quickly. We apply this to our lives and to the way we approach Scripture and discipleship.

Leading Out

May

We finish our time together celebrating what we've learned and developing plans for where God is leading us next.