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Enter Into The Life Of Our Community

Every week people from the Mars Hill community gather together to study the Bible, develop friendships, pursue wholeness, and share life experiences. Are you ready to join in? Learn more about each of our groups and classes here, or contact us at 616.249.3337 or communitylife@marshill.org to talk with one of our pastors and explore what may be your next steps.

 

CLASSES

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Led by staff pastors or facilitators with specialized training, these opportunities are intentionally designed to help you pursue growth + wholeness in key areas of your life.

Discipleship

At Mars Hill, we teach that baptism marks our participation in Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, with the church, to serve the world.

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Adapting much of the praised material for the Beyond Divorce class, join licensed counselor Steven Kreitzer in learning strategies for how to grow in emotional healing and well-being in your everyday life. If you have journeyed through divorce, relational disruption, unexpected loss or unmet expectations – our hope is for this course to equip you to move towards healing and even thriving.

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Are you interested in loosening the binds of financial stress? Do you feel overwhelmed and burdened by your finances or simply want to gain more control over your spending habits? Financial Peace University, created by Dave Ramsey, is a course to help individuals reign in their finances and start making intentional choices about their future.

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Are you concerned with the division so prevalent today, particularly around race? Perhaps you’ve been longing to pursue racial justice and reconciliation, but don’t quite know where to begin. Wherever you are at in your journey, you’re invited to this 4-week experience exploring interactive content and biblical themes as a catalyst for honest conversation, deeper empathy, and tangible next steps as a follower of Jesus.

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The Mars Hill Formation School is designed as a community-based experience that will equip adult Christians who are interested in a deeper engagement with the history, doctrines, practices, and scriptures of their faith as well as intentional, communal spiritual formation.

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Parenting

Child Dedication at Mars Hill is a practice in which parents make a solemn commitment to raising their child in the faith: in knowing Jesus as the only hope for bringing reconciliation between God and humanity.

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Marriage

Are you engaged and seeking premarital counsel? Our 3-week Pre Marriage Class will help guide you through topics including conflict resolution, communication, sexual intimacy, finances, and spiritual oneness.

Classes are offered twice a year.

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Our Marriage Enrichment Course is just that, a class providing couples practical tools and insights to work through marital conflict and build greater intimacy and support that will have a lasting impact. You will not want to miss this opportunity, led and taught by licensed counselor Steven Kreitzer, to receive sound guidance to help provide you a more meaningful marriage.

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GROUPS

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Led by passionate community members, these groups offer a variety of entry points into the life of the community. From short-term small groups to on-going learning communities—there’s something for everyone.

House Churches

House churches meet consistently from September through May, with natural on- and off-ramps built in over the summer. So while we expect that every group will take on its own personality and emphasis, the biggest common denominator you’ll see among house churches is an intentional commitment to a group of people within our community for a longer period of time than some of our other offerings.

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Short Circles

Today’s “issues” of injustice aren’t “issues” – they involve real people. Join us in considering what opportunities and hurdles there are to loving our neighbors as ourselves, whether at our nation’s border or right here in West Michigan. Pick up your copy of Love Undocumented: Risking Trust in a Fearful World by Sarah Quezada, for our opening dialogue. Then join us to continue the book discussion at Treetops Collective [one of our Outreach partners], as well as hear from people in the trenches and see their work in action.

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Join this intergenerational gathering of women as we discuss our way through different books.  Come ready for authenticity and lively dialogue.

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Men—join us for honest conversation about the challenges of being a follower of Jesus in today’s world amidst all the other things vying for our time, passion, and attention.

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Common Interest

BYOB+T [Bring Your Own Bike + Trainer] for off-season training and community. Whether you are looking to stay in shape, get in shape, or just want to meet other cyclists—you are invited to join us for a time of indoor cycling and connection. Doors open at 6pm for set up and an hour-long professionally-led workout begins at 6:30pm. Participants are required to bring a mat and towels with them. [Tarps and rollers welcome too.]

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What you don’t know about yourself can hurt you and your relationships―and even impact your relationship with God. Do you want help figuring out who you are and why you’re stuck in the same ruts? The Enneagram is an ancient personality type system with an uncanny accuracy in describing how human beings are wired, both positively and negatively. By challenging us to bravely explore who we really are, the Enneagram helps us recognize and overcome self-defeating patterns of behavior and to become our most authentic selves. We will use the book and study guide The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile to guide our group discussion. For those who don’t yet know their number, it will offer further opportunity to explore the numbers, and for those who already do, it will help you to grow in knowledge of yourself, compassion for others and love for God.

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This January to May, you’re invited to join AJ Sherrill and Ross VanKlompenberg twice a month for the Mars Hill Men’s Collective. This midsize group will gather around tables for the purpose of exploring shared readings, spiritual practices, worship, and testimonials. Our aim is simply the cultivation of godly character.

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Men, join us on Wednesday nights to find community with men of all ages while growing in the knowledge of God. Each week we’ll spend time in prayer and small group discussion.

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Our brain is formable and able to be healed; neuro-pathways rewired and habits changed. This gathering is hoping to resource men who are struggling with pornography or want to help and walk with those who are. There is freedom to be had. Gain greater self-awareness and practical strategies to help you and others live freely. Through honest conversation and engaging content, we will be challenged to overcome secrecy and shame, and live and think in new ways. Join us to be reminded that no one is alone in this, that you are loved by God, and that there is hope for freedom and transformation.

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This Women’s Bible Study offers women a safe and supportive environment to grow closer to Jesus through small group Bible study, prayer & fellowship.

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Moms With Moms is a community for moms of all ages and stages to journey together and support one another through the joys and challenges of motherhood. In small groups of 8-10 women, we share our daily lives, pray for each other, and discuss books relevant to mothering and our journeys with Christ.

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Join others in your age/stage of life at Mars Hill for a fun monthly gathering. Activities will be planned together and may include opportunities to build community, serve, or learn together.

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Learn the Scriptures the way Jesus did. Explore the Torah [the first 5 books of the Bible] through weekly readings, homework, and discussion.

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This group will start to explore the ongoing dance of relationship within the Trinity that is found in the heavenlies, on earth and in our hearts.  We will use The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation by Richard Rohr as our launchpad and move toward opportunities to participate in the flow of this divine dance.

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Zumba is a fun, energetic dance fitness class that focuses on cardio, balance, muscle conditioning, and flexibility to help you get in shape.

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Support + Recovery

We believe everyone can benefit from a Life Recovery experience. We all have struggles in life – with addictions, food, depression, anxiety, and relationships, to name a few. Our meeting is open to all who want to find healing. We use the Life Recovery Bible and trust the work of the Spirit to bring recovery to you, right where you’re at.  So, no matter what you’re struggling with, you are welcome!

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When LGBTQ children come out, parents [especially within the Christian community] tend to find themselves feeling isolated, confused, and unsure of whom they can safely confide. The goal of this group is to provide community and a safe place for parents of LGBTQ children to journey together. We will share our stories, discuss various resources, and consider different interpretations of Scripture. There is no agenda other than providing a safe place where you can know you are not alone and that you and your child are loved by God.

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Whether you’re considering adoption, in the midst of “the wait”, or raising adopted children—you’re invited to participate in this community. It’s a safe place to share, hear stories, pray together, and find encouragement from those who understand.

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Is food a problem for you? Do you eat when you’re not hungry? Do you binge, purge, or restrict? Is your weight affecting your life?

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Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who fight and recover from alcoholism by sharing their experience, strength, and hope with each other. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.

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This fellowship of relatives and friends of those with addictions comes together to share their experiences in order to gain strength and hope for themselves and their loved ones.

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