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. Register for a Growth Group below!  For more information contact Mariah Rollins in the Church Office.

Ephesians 4:11-16 is the foundational passage, undergirding the vision for Growth Groups (formerly known as Focus Groups). Therein, Paul teaches that the pastors and teachers were given by Christ for equipping the saints for ministry work, for attaining unity of the faith, and for maturity. In this passage, I see three very clear and distinct categories of Growth Groups that we can offer:

Equipping [These are Growth Groups that are designed to teach a specific skill. E.g. Prayer, evangelism, discipling, parenting]
Doctrinal [These are GGs that are designed to teach sound doctrine. E.g. Who is Jesus? What is faith?]
Maturity [These are GGs that are designed to teach Christian character. E.g. How can I be more joyful? Content? Patient?]

What is the goal of this rebranding? To emphasize the purpose and intended outcome. Paul concludes our vision passage with a clear answer to this question:

“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to GROW UP in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body GROW so that it builds itself up in love.” Ephesians 4:15-16

2020 Growth Groups

Register online for the 2020 Fall Growth Groups and pick up your book in class on the start date.

​Service Schedule Changes due to Hurricane Sally
In the wake of Hurricane Sally, FL Baptist Disaster Relief has been using Hillcrest as Command Center for recovery operations. We are so grateful to their team for how they are helping our community. As you can imagine, that displaces some of our groups’ regular meeting rooms for a couple of weeks. Here’s the info you need to know for changes to the “normal” schedule.

Nine Mile Campus:
Worship Services | 9:30 am & 11:00 am
YES Adult Connect Groups | 8:15, 9:30 & 11:00 am
YES Preschool, Kids, & Students classes | 9:30 am & 11:00 am (Students will attend worship at 11:00 am. See the Next Steps Center if you need directions.)

Spanish Trail Campus:
Worship Service | 9:30 am
YES Adult Connect Groups | 8:15 am & 11:00 am
YES Preschool, Kids, & Students classes | 9:30 am & 11:00 am

Wednesday Midweek Services
Nine Mile Campus:
Fellowship Dinner | 4:45 pm | NW Hall
Pastor’s Bible Study | 6:30 pm | Worship Center
Choir Rehearsal | 7:00 pm | Worship Center
Preschool, Kids, & Students | all classes as scheduled
Growth Groups | 6:30 | Back to Normal Locations:
Written on my Heart | L109, led by Kate Hollimon
Men’s Toolbox | L107, various leaders
Most Excellent Way | L207, led by Eric Ludgate
Trusting God | L203, led by Cathy Perry
Wright CG Discipling Group | Cribb Conference Room, point of contact, Christian Garabedian.

Spanish Trail Campus:

Jude | Room 206 | Kathy Green
Galatians | Room 203 | Dan Davis

Trusting God (Thursday AM Edition) | L203, led by Cathy Perry

Women's Growth Groups


Leader: Kathy Green
7 weeks
Wednesdays at 6:30pm
Beginning October 7
Spanish Trail Campus, Room 206
Childcare Provided
Book Fee: $14

Trusting God

Leader: Cathy Perry
12 weeks
Wednesdays at 6:30pm
Thursdays 9:00am
Beginning October 7 & 8
9 Mile Campus, Northwest Hall C
Book Fee: $9

Written On My Heart

Leader: Kate Hollimon
8 weeks
Wednesdays at 6:30pm
Beginning October 7
9 Mile Campus, Northwest Hall A
Childcare Provided
Book Fee: $15


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 below.

New groups begin January 2021

Men's Growth Groups

Toolbox For Life
Leader: Various Leaders
Wednesdays at 6:30pm
Starts October 7
9 Mile Campus, Northwest Hall B
Childcare Provided
No Book Fee

Oct 7 | Moral Absolutes/Integrity | John Porter
Oct 14 | Evangelism | JR Butler
Oct 21 | Money/Finances | Mark Olvera
Oct 28 | God’s Will/Call | Brian Davis
Nov 4 | Pride/Humility | Rob Smith
Nov 11 | Peacemaking | Robert Griffin
Nov 18 | Spiritual Leadership In Your Home | Eric Mitchell

How to Shepherd Your Family
Leader: Heath Wilson
Starts August 20
Thursdays at 12:00pm