FOCUS GROUPS




The Lord Jesus taught His disciples in the setting of a small group. At Hillcrest, we follow our Lord’s example in Focus Groups. Focus 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. Register for a Focus Group below!  For more information contact Mariah Rollins in the Church Office.


2019 Focus Groups


Register online for the 2019 Spring Focus Groups and pick up your book in class on the start date.


Coed Focus Groups


Making Your Case for Christ

Length: 6 weeks
Wednesdays, 6:30–8:00pm
Nine Mile Campus, L212
Leader: Ed & Lisa Miller
Book Fee: $8
Childcare Provided? Yes

Making Your Case for Christ is designed to help Christians, both young and old, understand and articulate the message of Christ along with evidence that backs up his claims and credentials. The training course will combine high points of the historical apologetics presented in The Case for Christ book and movie with specific evangelistic training related to this information.

The Art of Parenting

Length: 6 weeks
Wednesdays, 6:30–8:00pm
Nine Mile Campus, Heritage Hall
Leader: James Bradley
Book Fee: $10
Childcare Provided? Yes

Being a mom or dad is one of the most rewarding jobs you’ll ever have. And one of the most challenging. The baby that won’t sleep grows into a toddler that won’t eat who becomes an adolescent that won’t communicate. Not every day is a bad day, but all parents need some help and encouragement along the way.  There is an approach to parenting that can reduce the stress and increase the harmony in your home. Art of Parenting focuses on four core issues that every parent and child need to address together.

Discipling

Length: 3 weeks
Wednesdays, 6:30–8:00pm
Starts: January 23–February 6 | February 27–march 13
Nine Mile Campus, F103
Leader: Doug Kimsal
Book fee: $12
Childcare Provided? Yes

Following the pattern found in Scripture, this book explains how disciple-making relationships should function in the context of the local church, teaching us how to cultivate a culture of discipling as a normal part of our everyday lives.

Becoming Like Christ

Length: 8 weeks
Wednesdays, 6:30–8:00pm
Nine Mile Campus, College Room
Leader: Alan Green
Book Fee: $10
Childcare Provided? Yes

Drawn from a rich heritage, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life will guide you through a carefully selected array of disciplines. By illustrating why the disciplines are important, showing how each one will help you grow in godliness, and offering practical suggestions for cultivating them, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life will provide you with a refreshing opportunity to become more like Christ and grow in character and maturity. Now updated and revised to equip a new generation of readers, this anniversary edition features in-depth discussions on each of the key disciplines.

Christ-Centered Parenting

Length: 10–12 weeks
Wednesdays, 6:30–8:00pm
Spanish Trail Campus, Room 208
Leader: Dan & Rachael Davis
Book Fee: $15
Childcare Provided? Yes

Have you sensed the need and urgency to discuss the complex cultural issues of our day with your kids? This Focus Group is designed to give parents of children in every age group – preschool through young adults – an understanding of the current issues, examine them from a biblical framework, and challenge you to lead your family to engage the culture with the gospel of Christ.

Praying the Bible

Length: 8 weeks
Wednesdays, 6:30–8:00pm
Spanish Trail Campus, Room 207
Leader: Louie & Wanda Carlton
Book Fee: $7
Childcare Provided? Yes

Ever feel “stuck” when you try to talk to the Lord? Learn to pray the Scriptures and you’ll never be lost for words again! In this practical guide, the best-selling author of Spiritual Disciplines for the Christ Life shows you how to pray through portions of God’s Word, letting it shape your thoughts and petitions.


Women’s Focus Groups


What Matters Most

Length: 7 Weeks
Sundays, 4:00p
Starts: January 27
Nine Mile Campus, L104
Leader: Sheryl Rivers
Book Fee: $13
Childcare Provided? Yes

The world has always been full of trials, disappointments, temptations, fractured friendships, and financial hardships. Yet Paul’s letter to the Philippians claims we can discover contentment and joy in the midst of it all by prioritizing what matters most—Christ. 

Written on My Heart

Length: 8 Weeks
Wednesdays, 6:30p
Thursdays, 9:00a
Nine Mile Campus, Wednesdays, L107
Leader: Kate Hollimon
Book Fee: $5
Childcare Provided? Yes

Written on the pages of scriptures are calls for us to write God’s Word on our hearts and meditate on His commands.  Scripture meditation and memorization are important spiritual disciplines but many believers feel unclear in how to practice these disciplines.  In this study we will clarify what it means to meditate on God’s commands and learn how to practice memorizing and meditating on God’s Word using your preferred learning style.

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Psalm 23, The Shepherd with Me

Length: 7 Weeks
Wednesdays, 6:30
Starts: January 23
Nine Mile Campus, L202
Leader: Lisa Neidlinger
Book Fee: $13
Childcare Provided? Yes

Many women know Psalm 23 by heart but haven’t experienced its power in their lives. This beloved psalm can breathe new life into women who are weary and unsure of their next steps. It’s more than a psalm that comforts in death; it gives confidence in life. 

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Pray Like This

Length: 6 weeks
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00p
Starts: January 23
Nine Mile Campus, L204
Leader: Brenda Trump
Book Fee: $10
Childcare Provided? Yes

Prayer is the most dynamic discipline in the life of a believer. Yet it may be the most misunderstood and the least taught. This six-session study shows believers that following Jesus’ Model Prayer will lead them to fall more in love with God and grow in their desire to engage in conversation with Him.

Becoming Like Christ

Length: 7 weeks
Mondays, 6:30-8:00p
Thursdays, 9:00a
Starts: February 18 | February 21
Nine Mile Campus, L107
Book Fee: $10
Leader: Pam Frank
Childcare Provided? Thursday only

Drawn from a rich heritage, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life will guide you through a carefully selected array of disciplines. By illustrating why the disciplines are important, showing how each one will help you grow in godliness, and offering practical suggestions for cultivating them, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life will provide you with a refreshing opportunity to become more like Christ and grow in character and maturity. Now updated and revised to equip a new generation of readers, this anniversary edition features in-depth discussions on each of the key disciplines.

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Written on My Heart

Length: 6 weeks
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00p
Starts: January 23
Spanish Trail Campus, Room 206
Book Fee: $5
Leader: Melody Brooks
Childcare Provided? Yes

Written on the pages of scriptures are calls for us to write God’s Word on our hearts and meditate on His commands.  Scripture meditation and memorization are important spiritual disciplines but many believers feel unclear in how to practice these disciplines.  In this study  we will clarify what it means to meditate on God’s commands and learn how to practice memorizing and meditating on God’s Word using your preferred learning style.

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Chronological Bible Study with Bible Doctrine

Length: Ongoing
Mondays, 6:30-8:00p
Starts: January 16
Nine Mile Campus, L109
Book Fee: $35
Leader: Vicky Bell

A multi-year, verse-by verse study using a chronological Bible, with concurrent studies in systematic theology, apologetics, and Bible doctrine.


Men’s Focus Groups



Sleeping Giant

Length: 6 Weeks
Wednesdays, 6:30–8:00pm
Nine Mile Campus, L104
Leader: Dale Simmons
Book Fee: $15
Childcare Provided? Yes

The church has an “800 pound gorilla” in the room: Men. Many pastors see the need but are at a loss for how to really engage men in their culture and church context. Deep down they know they haven’t yet inspired men into the mission and vision of the local church on the same scale as women. Meanwhile, most men feel further detached from worship, left only with worldly expressions of manhood to fuel their identity. Sleeping Giant is a punch in the gut and pat on the back for pastors and men worldwide, a powerful biblical approach that will bring them together and awaken some serious ministry potential.

Tell Someone

Length: 6 Weeks
Wednesdays, 6:30–8:00pm
Nine Mile Campus, L205
Leader: Terry Palmer
Book Fee: $13
Childcare Provided? Yes

Most Christians are either afraid to share the gospel or feel that they don’t know how to share the gospel, or both. Programs and formulas have overcomplicated evangelism, so the vast majority of Christians simply don’t do it. It’s left to professionals or those trained and gifted in evangelism.