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The Lord Jesus taught His disciples in the setting of a small group. At Hillcrest, we follow our Lord’s example in Growth Groups. Growth Groups meet for a number of weeks to study the Bible together. These studies are organized by topic and are available for men and women of all ages. We encourage you to jump in and take your next steps in becoming like Christ.

Growth Group studies are based on three elements of Ephesians 4:15-16, equipping, doctrinal and maturity.


These are GROWTH GROUPS that are designed to teach a specific skill. Example: Prayer, evangelism, discipling, parenting


These are GROWTH GROUPS that are designed to teach sound doctrine. Example: Who is Jesus? What is Faith?


These are GROWTH GROUPS that are designed to teach Christian character. Example: How can I be more joyful? Content? Patient?

A Growth Group (GG) is a seasonal small group of Hillcrest disciples who study the Bible together for the purpose of becoming like Christ. Ephesians 4:11-16 is the passage for our vision of Growth Groups. Pastors and teachers were given by Christ for the growth of disciples by equipping the saints for ministry work, for attaining unity of the faith, and for maturity. Thus, there are three categories of Growth Groups that we offer: equipping, doctrinal, and maturity.

GGs usually gather on Wednesday night, but some gather on other days throughout the week. All GGs meet on Hillcrest campuses.

GGs are offered seasonally. There is a Spring, Summer, and Fall set of offerings each year. You can find the current offerings listed below. Also, you can contact Pastor Eric Mitchell at, and he can provide you direction on your Growth Group options.

Once you have reviewed the available offerings, and decided which one is best for you, you may join the GG by registering online. Most GGs have a fee to cover book costs. Once you pay for your book, it will be available at the first meeting.

Absolutely! Please join us on the second meeting. And if you determine that you cannot attend at all, you may join the same GG in a future offering.

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Basic Christianity

Nine Mile Campus Room Heritage Hall View Map
wednesday 6:30

Do you feel alienated from God? Do you wonder, who is Jesus? Why was he crucified? Did he really rise from the dead? Is it plausible that he was truly divine? Whether you are seeking to understand the Christian faith for the first time or looking to be reminded of the basics, our Basic Christianity Growth Group offers a clear and full explanation of the Gospel. This simple introduction to Christianity aims to be as clear and relevant for seekers and skeptics as it is for new and seasoned believers.

  • length: 7 Weeks
  • starts: April 14
  • leader: Eric Mitchell
  • book fee: Free
  • childcare provided: yes

Biblical Soul Care & the Church

Spanish Trail Campus Room 207 View Map
wednesday 6:30

We would most simply define Biblical Soul Care as speaking the truth in love in your circle of influence. It is unique to the local church as it is anchored in the Word of God, dependent on the Spirit of God, and practiced in the community of believers. Biblical Soul Care is more than a model of biblical counseling. It is intentional and intensive discipleship and deep, authentic fellowship. It is something we all should do at the level we are equipped. In other words, Biblical Soul Care is not just for pastors or biblical counselors but it is the privilege and responsibility of every believer.

  • length: 8 weeks
  • starts: April 7
  • leader: Various
  • childcare provided: yes


A main focus here at Hillcrest is to make disciples that make disciples. One way we’re doing this with our women’s ministry is through Discipl(h)er. A discipl(h)er is a spiritually maturing woman that walks alongside other women, helping them to know Christ, live for Christ, and become more like Christ, by using the Word of God, the Wonder of God, and the Work of God. If you’re interested in joining a disciple group, click here.

  • length: Ongoing
  • childcare provided: no


Nine Mile Room L107 View Map
monday 6:00
Nine Mile Room L107 View Map
thursday 9:00

In this faith-building study, you’ll discover how Elijah’s obedience to God kept him anchored, sharpened his faith, broadened his impact, and invited heaven’s fire to fall.  God is also working in your life today to fashion a fiery, bold faith that will empower you to share the hope of Christ with your family, friends, co-workers, and community.

Childcare is available only on Thursdays.

  • length: 7 Weeks
  • starts: April 5
  • leader: Pam Frank
  • book fee: 17
  • childcare provided: yes


Nine Mile Campus Room L104 View Map
wednesday 6:30
Nine Mile Campus Room L104 View Map
thursday 9:15

In the study, Proven, she walks participants through the gospel of John showing them that they have nothing to prove because Jesus has already proven everything and he is enough.

  • length: 8 weeks
  • starts: April 7
  • leader: Cathy Perry
  • book fee: $15
  • childcare provided: yes

Get Out of Your Head

Spanish Trail Campus Room 206 View Map
wednesday 6:30

A study in Philippians

Many people live as victims of their own minds, consumed with negative thoughts that seem to control them. But as a Christian, you have the ability to consciously choose your thoughts and replace ungodly lies with scriptural truths.

  • length: 8 weeks
  • starts: April 7
  • book fee: $9
  • childcare provided: yes

Healthy Church Series

Spanish Trail Campus Room 208 View Map
wednesday 6:30
  • length: 8 weeks
  • starts: April 7
  • leader: Brian Weidner
  • book fee: $5
  • childcare provided: yes

He Must Increase

Nine Mile Campus Room L109 View Map
wednesday 6:30

The Bible describes Scripture as our sword to fight sin and struggles in our lives. He Must Increase will help transform your heart by incorporating Scripture into your daily life through the “Put Off, Put On Method” to put off sin and put on the character of Christ.

  • length: 8 Weeks
  • starts: April 7
  • leader: Kate Hollimon
  • book fee: $5
  • childcare provided: yes


A main focus here at Hillcrest is to make disciples that make disciples. We hope every man will choose to invest in someone in this way, so we’d like to help you find a group where you can do that. If you’re interested in joining a disciple group, click here.

  • length: Ongoing
  • childcare provided: no

Toolbox for Life

Nine Mile Campus Room L107 View Map
wednesday 6:30
Spanish Trail Campus Room Room 202 View Map
wednesday 6:30

Every Christian man needs tools for navigating through life. To help and equip the men of Hillcrest, we study specific topics that Christian men face on a daily basis. These classes are designed to equip you with the necessary tools and skills required to repair or improve what is broken or presently requiring maintenance.

Nine Mile Topics
APRIL 7 | Applying Scripture/Memorization
APRIL 14 | Thought Life
APRIL 21 | Accountability
APRIL 28 | Discipling
MAY 5 | Contentment
MAY 12 | God’s Will/Call
Spanish Trail Topics
APRIL 7 | Contentment
APRIL 14 | Relationships with Children
APRIL 21 | Money/Finances
APRIL 28 | Time Management
MAY 5 | Thought Life
MAY 12 | Evangelism
MAY 19 | Prayer
MAY 26 | Helping Others

  • length: Ongoing
  • starts: April 7
  • leader: Multiple
  • childcare provided: yes

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