Life Groups provide a time and place for students to receive personal discipleship from individuals with spiritual maturity, experience differing degrees of Christian community, and develop a more personal relationship with Jesus Christ by studying Scripture, asking questions, and engaging in discussions.
Students are encouraged to register via the form at the bottom of this page to ensure your inclusion in the group of your choice. Registering ahead of time is encouraged but not required. Some groups are marked as *Closed. These groups must be joined at specific times. Please contact the leaders for details.
The following Life Groups are Spiritual Formation credit-bearing opportunities. Each group varies in the number of credits offered. Please refer questions about credits to the leader or to Rachel Hunka. Questions regarding the content of group meetings should be sent to the group leader.
Additionally, each Life Group topic and description has been decided upon by the leader. All leaders and topics have been approved by the Office of Spiritual Formation. Please note that group topics and teachings are not necessarily a reflection of the beliefs of Malone University or the Office of Spiritual Formation, but have been selected because of expressed student interests, inquiries, or requests. We value student input and want to do our best to offer groups and topics representing the diversity of our student body.
All groups are 50 minutes to 1 hour unless otherwise specified.
|Micah 6:8||7:30-9 p.m.||Every other Sunday beginning Jan.12||Heritage||
Act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly
|Jubilee: What now?|| Liz Hehman
|10 a.m.||Begins March 10, weekly||CC107||
For students who attend Jubillee and want to
|Jubilee Committee|| Jeff Leon
|10 a.m.||CLOSED! Final gathering Feb 10, weekly||Barn 2nd floor||For students who attended Jubilee and would like to pursue deeper understanding of what the conference discusses, meanwhile coordinating campus events surrounding Jubilee.|
|Exploring Spirituality in Nursing||Bethany Kubias||10 a.m.||Begins Jan 13, weekly||MH305||NURSING MAJORS This Life Group is for nursing majors to come together as a community and discuss matters of faith, spiritual care and how it applies to nursing.|
|Doubt and Spiritual Growth||Steve Jensen||12pm||Begins Jan 13, weekly||Emma's, Barn 1st floor||We will explore the challenge of living with doubts and uncertainties in matters of faith and belief, starting from the premise that doubts can be invitations to spiritual and intellectual growth. Open-ended discussions will be prompted by brief introductions to a variety of relevant issues and readings. Our goal is not be to rid ourselves of all doubts, but rather to challenge each other to accept with courage and integrity the invitations to growth and new understanding that our doubts present to us, from whichever side of Christian faith we currently find ourselves.|
|An Introduction to Orthodox Christianity||John Estes||5:30pm||Open at the start, but closing eventually||Emma's||This six-week Life Group will read and discuss The Orthodox Church, by Timothy Ware, and along with the text explore elements and tenets of the Orthodox tradition. This will be a closed group, so participants are asked to commit to the group for its brief duration and to reading the book. The first, informational meeting will be on Monday, January 13, and is open to all who wish to learn more.|
|C-3||Randy Heckert||7pm||Begins Jan 20, 8 weeks||Heckert Home||
"Beyond Bumper Stickers, T-Shirts, and Tattoos";
The Conquer Series
|Tracy Miller||7-8:15pm||Begins Jan 13, 7 weeks||CL49||MEN ONLY A cinematic series on sexual purity to offer men proven principles and biblical strategies, scientific facts, and practical tools to conquer pornography and other sexual sins and bondage, and to truly become CONQUERORS!|
|Bill Quigley||9:30pm||Begins Jan 13, weekly||Penn Lounge||This gathering will be student led under the supervision of Dr. Bill Quigley. Sometimes we'll have food, maybe some games, but mostly it's a time to ask the questions about Christianity you may not be comfortable asking in other places|
|The Anatomy of Sex & Relationships||Tammy Miller||10:30am||Begins Jan 14, weekly||CC104||WOMEN ONLY We will break down the reasons sexual purity is needed by examining how men and women are physiologically, emotionally, and neurologically designed. We'll also examine how we function within relationships and on the dangers of "casual sex"--emotionally, physically, and spiritually. The Word will be our foundation for all discussions.|
|Caffeinated Catholics||Miranda Beran||7-9pm||Begins Jan 14, weekly||Emma's, Barn 1st Floor||Ichthys meet weekly to explore the ancient practices of the Church and how to live them out in our own lives, while giving a place for Catholics and Non-Catholics to dialogue and grow in their faith.|
|Free Food||James Thomas Talbert||5pm||Begins Jan 14, weekly||Deuble Room||If the church is a people and not a place, then what do these people look like? Free Food is a life group that explores who we are as the church and what that looks like in our every day lives.|
|FAQs: Answering the Difficult Questions of the Christian Faith"||Bob Robinson||8:30pm||Begins Jan 14, weekly||Round Room, Barn 3rd Floor||Why doesn't God answer my prayers? If God is so powerful, why does evil exist? If God is good, why do people suffer? Everyone, at some point in their lives, find themselves troubled by questions like these. In our group, we will seek answers to the questions YOU have. You will anonymously submit your questions and we will work through them - with no trite phrases or pat answers.|
|THE BIBLE Study||Sue Nicholson||10:20am||Jan 16-April 20, weekly||JC105||Each week this group will watch portions of History Channel's The Bible miniseries and compare the portrayal with Scripture itself. Our purpose is to think critically and creatively about how to appropriately interpret God's Word. 24 sessions over 2 semesters.|
|Scripture Memory||Mark Jakowski||10:30am||Begins Jan 16, weekly||MH307||Members of this group will support and encourage each other in the endeavor of memorizing and retaining scripture using the Topical Memory System. PLEASE JOIN IN JANUARY. CLOSED AFTER JANUARY|
|Remain|| Lee Nicholson
|12noon||Begins Jan 16, weekly||Conference Room behind the Fishbowl in the Johnson Center||MINISTRY MAJORS Youth Ministry is difficult, but manageable if one stays on the task of remaining in Jesus (John 15). If you are planning on student ministry as your major oe even in student leadership, why not join a Life Group with John Moores and Lee Nicholson? We are both seasoned youth pastors who have a passion for seasoning young student leaders.|
|Biblical Masculinity||Mark Jakowski||12noon||Begins Jan 16, weekly||Deuble (except March 27, Cafeteria that day)||MEN ONLY Exploring examples of biblical masculinity in the lives of Joseph, David, Daniel and other men of the Bible.|
|A Semester of Biblical Womanhood||Amy Price||12noon||Begins Jan 16, weekly||Emma's, Barn 1st Floor||WOMEN ONLY What is "biblical womanhood"...really? Is Proverbs 31 all we can come up with? Join us as we laugh, pray, and share as we discover who God created us to be. This group will reference Rachel Held Evans' book "A Year of Biblical Womanhood," but purchase of the book is not a requirement.|
|Real Christians: Strong Spirit, Strong Mind||Dr. Brathwaite Mrs. Brathwaite||1:30pm||Begins Jan 16, weekly||Emma's, Barn 1st Floor||WOMEN ONLY For young women who want to have a deeper spiritual life while wrestling with deep questions about God.|
|Secret Church||Rachel Hunka Nate Netti||7:30-9pm||Jan 9, Jan 23, Feb 6, Feb 20, Mar 20, Apr 3, Apr 17 (Thursdays opposite Celebration)||First Gathering: CL49, All others Round Room (Barn 3rd Floor)||Every day Christians are persecuted around the world just for believing in Jesus, yet in the US we're given religious freedom. Why? Are we really free? Through discussions, this group seeks to build a global understanding of Christianity, as well as discover our personal responsibility as Western Christians.|
|be:Justice||Amber Balash||10:05am||Begins Jan 17, weekly||Stewart Room||This group will be focused on seeing what scripture has to say about justice and mercy, and how this applies to our lives.|
|Getting Unstuck||Rae Showen||10am||Begins Jan 17, every other week||Round Room, Barn 3rd Floor||WOMEN ONLY Staying Hopeful and Joyful and Thankful even when it's tough.|
|Relationships||Rhonda Barrow||11:30am-12:45pm||Begins Jan 17, weekly||Emma's, Barn 1st Floor||Learning to navigate healthy, Christ-centered relationships in all places: friendships, family, dating, engagement, and marriage. Feel free to bring your lunch or a snack!|
|Computer Science and Technology Geek Lunch||Adam Klemann||12noon||Jan 10, Feb 7, Mar 14, April 4||Deuble (except Feb 7, cafeteria that day)||The geek lunch is for anyone interested in a career in a technology-related field. We will discuss career goals and ideas as well as networking into technology driven businesses in the greater Canton, Akron, Cleveland area.|