Our hope is for every person to come to know Jesus and to grow as a fully developing follower of Christ.

Spring 2019 Discipleship Groups

A Discipleship Group is an opportunity for you to be formed and shaped in your spiritual journey. We are formed and shaped to be followers of Christ by a constant feeding of His word and having fellowship with other believers. Every spring and fall semester, First Woodway offers a dozen or more groups. These men’s, women’s, and coed groups meet on Wednesday evenings at the church, with a few groups meeting at alternate times during the week at various locations. The spring semester of discipleship begins Wednesday, January 16, 2019.

Below are the groups meeting this Spring, arranged by area of interest. To view a PDF of the printed booklet, click here.

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Sometimes the next step in following Jesus is very practical in nature. Some may need to learn how to better manage money. Others may need down-to earth help on how to communicate with a family member. This track is designed to practically equip you for wise living in various areas of life. Each class will focus on the “how” of a particular life skill with the goal of empowering you to live better on the other side of the class.

Led by Jeremy & Kelly McCarver | open to all | Wed at 6 pm for 5 weeks | Room 212
No matter how good their intentions, all parents at times resort to quick-fix parenting: things we do to stop a kid’s negative or annoying behavior. Quick-fix parenting may temporarily ease a parent’s stress level, but it does little to positively impact a child’s future. Intentional parenting is a way to raise children to become healthy, independent young adults. It’s based on solid principles which, applied over time, actually result in less-stressed parents and happier, better-adjusted, and more successful kids. Intentional parenting means you’ve got more than good intentions; you’ve got a plan. This offering of Intentional Parenting is geared especially toward parents of middle-school aged kids and younger. There is no cost for this class.

Led by Loren Kendig | open to all | Sundays at 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm for 9 weeks | Starts Jan. 26 | Room 225
Financial Peace University is Dave Ramsey’s #1 proven program that will show you how to master budgeting, pay off debt, build wealth, and give generously. Join the millions of people who have used this course to take control of their money! Cost is $100 activation fee.

Romans 12:2 tells us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. In part, this means learning to see and understand the world through the story of scripture. Classes will focus on acquainting you with particular books, passages of the Bible, and themes with the goal of helping you understand the depths of God’s story so that He can change your mind.

Led by Dr. Ted Foley | open to all | Wednesdays at 6 pm for 10 weeks | Room 321
“Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.” (Rev. 1:3)

The Book of Revelation has been described as the most revered, the most misunderstood, and the most neglected of New Testament writings. Some Christians think of it as being too difficult to seriously study, and nothing could be further from reality and the truth. Such short-sightedness deprives believers of the blessings the Book promises to those who diligently read and study it. Revelation is a showcase of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and its true purpose is to reveal truth, not to obscure it, and that single fact is in its title. There is no cost for this class.

Led by Jan Gilbert | women only | Mondays at 9 am for 10 weeks | Starts Jan 27 | Room 321
The opening chapters of Genesis teach us fundamental truths about God. We watch Him bring light after darkness, order after chaos, and rest after toil—all through the power of His Word. Over ten sessions of verse-by-verse study, dive into Genesis 1-11 by following three critical stages of understanding: comprehension, interpretation, and application. Revisit familiar stories and historical figures, challenge your basic knowledge, and discover deeper meanings in the text. As God reveals Himself through Scripture, we can only begin to understand ourselves when we first glimpse the character, attributes, and promises of our Creator. The cost is $15.

Led by Laura Lalani | open to all | Wednesdays 6 pm for 7 weeks | Room 301
Miracles of Jesus explores all four Gospels with teaching from Jennie Allen, Bianca Juárez Olthoff, Jada Edwards, and Sadie Robertson. Discover the ways Jesus healed, provided for, calmed, and resurrected the people he encountered. This seven-session study is about believing in the power of God who can accomplish anything. There’s nothing too big or too small for us to bring to him. There is no cost for this class.

Led by Terry Graham | open to all | Wednesdays 6 pm for 15 weeks | Fellowship Hall
One of Jesus’ primary teaching techniques was the telling of parables. Join Pastor Terry Graham as he explores these extraordinary stories that lead us deeper into God’s kingdom. There is no cost for this class.

Led by Dan O’Neil | open to all | Wednesdays at 6 pm for 7 weeks | Room 303/304
Come take a deep dive into the Gospel according to Matthew. We’ll be exploring selected passages in depth, seeking to know Jesus better through his life and teaching. Join us as we journey with Christ through the pages of Scripture. There is no cost for this class.

Led by René Maciel | men only | Thursdays at 6:30 am – 7:30 am (ongoing)
Thursday Morning Men is a group of men who are choosing to turn away from what is proper and right according to the worldview. Through the Word of God, they are turning and changing from men who were once distant in following after Christ, to men who have a renewed passion for His way in their life.

Thursday Morning Men is for men seeking to re-establish a relationship with Jesus Christ through the Word of Truth. It is changing men who are seeking to be different for their families, friends, and for Christ.

Living in a culture that is out of sync with Christian values can be hard and at times bewildering. This track is focused on equipping you to live faithfully in that kind of space. Classes will focus on themes and practices for living faithfully as a follower of Christ with the goal of equipping you to better live out your faith in the world.

Led by Angie Evilia | open to all | Sundays at 5 pm (Starts 9/15) for 8 weeks | Room 212
For those desiring to take steps in their Christian life and discipleship, to break free from bondage to the past and experience healing, Emotionally Healthy Spirituality is a Bible study that connects emotional health with Christian spirituality. Come, take concrete steps to mature in your faith, especially when it comes to interpersonal conflicts and crises. The cost is $15 for the book.

Led by Terry & Vicki Lassiter | open to all | Wednesdays at 6 pm for 8 weeks | Room 313
First Woodway has a wonderful history of missions involvement and passion for the lost. Now, building on that sure foundation, we are excited to provide in-depth training to all who are interested in delving deeper into cross-cultural missions. Join former IMB missionaries, Terry and Vicki Lassiter as they share important insights for representing Christ in a diverse world.

Led by Dr. Maria Boccia | open to all | Wednesdays at 6 pm for 10 weeks | Room 343
If we Christians are to live faithfully, we must see the world rightly. Gospel Vision helps us do just that by bringing faith to bear on the important subject of worldview. Participants will be empowered to see the world through a gospel lens and to truly think like Christians.

Led by Melodie Robison | women only | Wed at 6:00 pm for 12 weeks | Room 315
When we look at today’s world, hope usually isn’t the fi rst word that comes to mind. In many ways we live in an unstable world where marriages fail, bank accounts run low, friendships end, and the everyday demands of a fast-paced life get us down. In Jeremiah, we find God calling out to His people with a message of hope—a message that intentional living is possible even in an unstable world. But how do we do this? Jeremiah offers women hope for living in an uncertain world by learning to navigate the challenges and circumstances of their lives. This twelve-week study examines God’s words of instruction to His wayward people through the prophet Jeremiah, and provides women six guidelines for intentional living to overcome fear, worry, and doubt as they surrender their wills to God’s and put their hope in Him alone. The cost is $15.

Led by Bill Kirkpatrick | open to all | Wednesdays at 6 pm for 6 weeks | Room 305
In Love Does, discover the whimsy of New York Times bestselling author Bob Goff through sometimes humorous, always meaningful lessons that make faith in God simple and real. What drives Bob’s faith? Love. But it’s not the kind of love that stops at thoughts and feelings. Bob’s love takes action, just like Jesus did. Bob believes Love Does.The cost is $10.

Led by René Maciel | open to all | Friday, April 24 (one day event)
Secret Church is a unique, one-night event. Encouraged by the example of our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ, we meet for over six hours for intense study of God’s Word and passionate prayer for the persecuted. This year’s theme: God, Government, and Gospel. There is no cost for this event.

Led by Pastor Tom Gutierrez | open to all | Wednesdays at 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm for 12 weeks | MAC Parlor
Viento Fuerte is a Spanish speaking congregation that meets at First Woodway. This mid-week meeting will include teaching from Pastor Tom Gutierrez. Teaching will be presented in both English and Spanish. There is no cost.

Sometimes life circumstances drive us to look for community and help for people like us. This track is designed to gather groups around particular challenges or life stages. Classes will aim to bring you into community with like-minded people and equip you with practical tools for living well in your life circumstances.

Led by Vicki Lassiter | women only | Mondays at 9 am for 10 weeks | Fellowship Hall
“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times…” While Charles Dickens wasn’t referring to the first few years of motherhood, he certainly could have been! The Dwelling is a place for moms to gather to study God’s Word; make application in their lives, especially as young Moms; and experience the support and encouragement of others going through the same experiences. Begins January 13. There is no cost for this class.

Led by Bob Harr | open to all | Wednesdays at 6 pm for 12 weeks | Room 344
If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, you’ve probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you’ve never faced before. GriefShare groups meet weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. The cost is $15 for the book.

Led by Bob Harr | open to all | January 12 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm (childcare provided)
Do you dread the lonely days and nights? Wonder what to do with your spouse’s belongings? Feel like your brain is in a fog? Unsure of how you’ll go on? In the Loss of a Spouse Seminar you’ll discover: other people understand and have found ways to make it through, why it won’t always hurt so much, reasons for hope, practical tips for coping with the death of a spouse.

Community Offerings gather church and surrounding community members around shared interests. The idea here is to form relationships within the community while also developing a skill.

Led by Reita Hawthorne | open to all | Wed at 6 pm for 10 weeks | Room 211
Christian Writers Workshop is dedicated to bringing you great speakers from the front lines of today’s writer’s market. Come prepared to discuss writing techniques, style, what editors want, and how to write for the Christian marketplace. With help from our speakers and one another, we’ll become better writers together. For more details, go to firstwoodway.org/cww.

Led by Reita Hawthorne | open to all | January 25 at 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
This year our guest speakers are Rose-Mary Rumbley and Dr. Thomas Kidd. Cost for the one day event is $20 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are required and may be purchased here or at the door. For more details go to firstwoodway.org/cww.

Led by Amy Rhodes | open to all | Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:30 – 8:30 pm | Room 204
The English as a Second Language class helps students improve and master the English skills needed to grow in their professional and personal lives. The class welcomes all beginner and intermediate English learners and will include grammar, reading, writing, and conversation. Preparation for and information on taking the U.S. Naturalization Test to become a citizen is also available. First Woodway offers English as a Second Language in partnership with McLennan Community College. There is no cost.

A two-three year training program for Christians who are passionate about serving Christ.  For more information on this program click here.