Discipleship Classes

Grace Discipleship focuses on personal spiritual renewal, biblical and theological foundations and practical instruction to experience what it means to live a life of renewal and spiritual vitality. Our desire is for everyone to grow deeper in their gospel understanding.

Join Andrew Kerhoulas, Pastor of Discipleship, over on our new GMR Discipleship group on Facebook. We simply want to provide a space for online interaction about following Jesus together as a church. 

GMR Online Discipleship Facebook Group

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2022 Winter/Spring Discipleship Classes

Co-Ed Studies


Bible Basics - Barbara Hebert -

  • Description: You may be familiar with many of the stories found in the Bible, but what about the unified story of the whole Bible? How can we zoom out to see the larger story God is communicating to us through His Word? This Bible Basics course will help us get an overview of Bible history and geography, but also offer an understanding of how God progressively reveals Himself and His plan for humanity. This foundational study will be of benefit to those new to the Bible, as well as to those who have studied the pieces but want to understand how they all fit together.
  • When: Sundays, January 23 - February 20 from 9:00AM - 10:15AM
  • Where: GMR - Education Building - Room 302
  • Register: Email Barbara Hebert or GraceMillsRiver.churchcenter.com/groups/discipleship

Encountering God’s Word Together - Ken Downer -

  • Description: Come join us as we dive into the scripture passage the sermon will be based on that day. No preparation is necessary. Sit and listen or join the discussion. This is a great way to grow closer to each other as we enjoy the scriptures together. We end our time together just before the prayer gathering which makes for a great Sunday morning!
  • When: Sunday mornings from 9:00AM - 9:40AM
  • Where: Education Building - Room 307
  • Register: GraceMillsRiver.churchcenter.com/groups/discipleship

College-Age Gathering - Andrew Kerhoulas -  

  • Description: A regular space to build gospel-shaped community with other college-age folks. Expect a meal, spiritual encouragement, and shenanigans. 
  • When: 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month from 6:30PM - 8:00PM
  • Where: In-person at various locations
  • Questions: Email Andrew Kerhoulas.


Community Bible Study: God's Amazing Book - Alicia Evans -

  • Description: The Bible tells the story of Jesus Christ. The Old Testament foretells His coming, and the New Testament explains why He came. So why dig in? It tells us how to live. It is nourishing food. All are welcome to join us on Tuesday evenings for a seven-week study as we explore God's Amazing Book.
  • When: Tuesday evenings, January 11 - February 15 from 6:30PM - 8:00PM
  • Where: GMR - Education Building - Room 307
  • Register: Email Alicia Evans.

Union with Christ: The link between the gospel and our spiritual growth - Saundra Cuyler

  • Description: Union with Christ: What is it and why do we need it? What problems does it solve? Can this provide an anchor and an engine for our life? How can we go from intellectually knowing about the gospel to experiencing it in our daily life? In our ten weeks together, we’ll dive deeper into Scripture’s intriguing truths guided by Rankin Wilbourne’s Union With Christ.
  • When: Tuesdays, January 18 - March 22 from 1:00PM - 2:15PM
  • Where:  Online via Zoom
  • Register: GraceMillsRiver.churchcenter.com/groups/discipleship


A Road Map for Spiritual Formation - Andrew Kerhoulas -

  • Description: Where is Jesus leading his followers? Jesus leads us into spiritual formation, what one theologian described as “a process of being formed in his image for the sake of others.” In our eight weeks together, our aim is two-fold: to supply you with a road map for spiritual formation and to build formative friendships with other followers of Jesus. 
  • This formation group will be co-taught by members of our discipleship leadership team.
  • When: Wednesdays, January 19 - March 9 from 6:30PM - 7:45PM
  • Where: Online via Zoom
  • Register: GraceMillsRiver.churchcenter.com/groups/discipleship

Gentle & Lowly Book Discussion Group - Rick Hebert -

  • Description: Have you ever wondered what Jesus is really like, who is He, and what is His heart toward you? In describing his book, Dane Ortlund writes: “Christians can easily feel that Jesus is perpetually disappointed and frustrated, maybe even close to giving up on them. They know what Christ has done for them—but who is he? How does he feel about his people amid all their sins and failures? In Matthew 11, Jesus describes himself as “gentle and lowly in heart,” longing for his people to find rest in him. This book reflects on his words, diving deep into Bible passages that speak of Christ’s affections for sinners and encouraging believers as they journey, weary and faltering, toward heaven.”  A free copy of the book is available from the church office upon request.
  • Who: All ages; anyone who wants to get to know, study together, and share with other believers as we delve deeper into who Jesus is, and His heart for us!
  • When: Wednesday evenings, January 26th from 7:30PM - 8:30PM
  • Where: Online via Zoom
  • Register: GraceMillsRiver.churchcenter.com/groups/discipleship

Women Only Studies

Thursday Morning Bible Study - Leigh Verm -

  • Description: Women of all ages are invited to join together for a time of fellowship, prayer, and discovery in God’s word. We will begin the winter-spring season with a study of Wisdom: Prayer, Psalms & Proverbs and then study some of Paul’s letters.
  • When: Thursday mornings, January 20 - May 5 from 10:00AM -11:30AM
  • Where: GMR - Education Building - Room 307
  • Register: Email Leigh Verm *If you are interested in childcare, please let Leigh know in your email.

Thursday Evening Bible Study - Emily Petrilla -

  • Description: A women's Bible study of the book of Hebrews. We will be using Jen Wilkin's verse by verse study Better: A Study of Hebrews. Join other women, all ages welcome, in studying God's word, hearing from Him and having time of fellowship and prayer.
  • When: Thursday evenings, beginning January 27 from 6:00PM -7:30PM
  • Where: GMR - Education Building - Room 302
  • Register: Email Emily Petrilla.

Ladies Bible Read - Elenore Beach -

  • Description: Join a group of gospel-loving women who love to read through Scripture together. We meet together a couple of times a month to discuss the questions and insights we are gleaning from our readings. Currently, we read through portions of the old and new testaments and engage in laid back but profound discussion. 
  • When: 1st & 3rd Mondays from 10:00AM - 11:30AM
  • Where: Online via Zoom
  • Register: Email Elenore Beach.

Men Only Studies

Saturday Morning Breakfast Gathering - Dave Bokmiller -

  • Description: The Men's Breakfast Group meets for a time of fellowship, Bible-based study, discussion & prayer.
  • When: 1st & 3rd Saturdays of the month, 8:00AM - 9:30AM *watch the website for any schedule changes 
  • Where: GMR Cafe
  • Questions: Email Dave Bokmiller.

Wednesday Night Bible Study - Jim Pearce -

  • Description: A book study and a time for fellowship and mutual encouragement.
  • When: Wednesday evenings at 6:00PM
  • Where: GMR - Education Building - Room 304
  • Questions: Email Jim Pearce.


Sunday Morning Prayer Gathering - Dave Bokmiller -

  • Description: Everyone is invited to join the prayer team to pray for our world, nation, community, church and one another. Each week prayer requests from the church family are shared and prayed for. You may come to be prayed over as well.
  • When: Sunday mornings from 9:45AM - 10:15AM
  • Where:  GMR - Education Building - Room 304
  • Questions: Email Dave Bokmiller to receive the prayer list.


Discipleship Announcements

Free Book Available: Gentle and Lowly
The Apostle Paul tells us that to be rooted and grounded in the limitless love of God in Christ is how we acquire a spiritually resilient inner life (Eph 3:14-21). Our deepest desire for our church is that we will fixate our hearts on God's love in these most uncertain days. To that end, we hope you'll participate in a group discussion of Dane Ortlund's Gentle and Lowly this fall. Contact Andrew ( ) for your free copy of the book and with any questions you may have.