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Life Groups are designed to allow students to:

  • Receive personal discipleship from individuals with spiritual maturity

  • Experience differing degrees of Christian community

  • Develop a more personal relationship with Jesus Christ by studying Scripture,
    asking questions, and engaging in discussions.

 Please refer questions about attendance to the leader or to Rachel Hunka
Questions regarding the content of group meetings should be sent to the group leader.

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 between 45 and 60 minutes unless otherwise specified.

Monday Leader Time Dates Location Description
Student Chaplains Pastor Randy Heckert 10-10:50 a.m. Weekly, 9/8-11/10 Round Room (Barn 3rd Floor) Equipping students to serve as chaplains in their residence halls; to work intentionally with Residence Life staff and to help provide a supportive and nurturing atmosphere where students can develop their relationship with God and others.
Creation Care Tanya Hershberger 10-10:50 a.m. 5 weeks, 10/27-11/24 CC107 We will be studying scripture as a way of understanding our role as stewards of God's good creation.
Caffeinated Catholics Lorri Murray 7-9 p.m. Weekly, 9/8-12/1 Emma's Ichthys is a place where students of the Catholic faith as well as students of other denominations can come to learn more about Catholicism
The Edge Theresa Gruver 8 p.m. Weekly, 9/8-12/1 CL49 The Edge-discovering the life you were meant to live: Learn how to live a life of purpose through the finished work of the cross and experiencing the Father's Love.
DeVol Devos Chris Arney 9 p.m. 2nd & 4th Monday of the month DeVol 2nd Floor Lounge Take part in a biweekly time of worship, Scripture study, and discussion on Christianity and culture in DeVol Hall. Led by the DeVol Residence Life staff.
Tuesdays Leader Time Dates Location Description
Scripture Memory  Dr. Mark Jakowski  10:30-11:15 a.m. Weekly, 9/2-12/2  MH307 Members of this group will support and encourage each other in the endeavor of memorizing and retaining scripture using the Topical Memory System. ***Closed group after 3 weeks.
Can my major change the world? Bob Robinson 10:30-11:20 a.m. Weekly, 9/2-12/2 CC107 If God has called us into a specific major, then our future career should matter to his purpose to change the world. In this interactive discussion group, we will learn about how our vocations fit into the mission of God.
Engaging Your City Ryan Palmer Kelly Myers 7 p.m. 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month Haviland 2nd Floor Lounge This life group seeks to find out what it looks like for Malone students to be faithful in their calling to serve and seek the prosperity of their city and see that Canton, Ohio is better place because Malone is here.
Eschatology: Study of the events at the end of the age ** please see note at right Paul Johnson 7 p.m. Weekly, 9/2-11/25 JC103 The study of Biblical accounts of prophecy and trying to make some practical sense of a very difficult subject. God put it in his Word so that we would know. We just need to be willing to dig!! Let's dig together.  **Note that this group builds significantly on material covered in previous weeks, so students who attend only in latter weeks may experience a feeling of "being lost" unless they are familiar with the Bible's prophetic literature.
C-3 Pastor Randy Heckert 7-8:15 p.m. Weekly, 9/9-11/18 Pastor Randy's Home, 217 Market Ave N Colossians 3, "Beyond Bumper Stickers, T-Shirts, and Tattoos"; A heart-deep/life altering study of Christian Discipleship and Spiritual Formation as taught in Colossians 3:1-17. ***CLOSED GROUP: Information Meeting Wednesday 9.3 @ 5 p.m., Round Room, email Pastor Randy if you are unable to attend
Observation, Interpretation, Application Dr. Jason Courter 8-9:30 p.m. Weekly, 9/9-11/18 Dr. Courter's Home, 5025 Woodfern Ave NE, Canton, OH – about 10 minutes from campus We will be studying the book of Ephesians using an inductive Bible study approach (observation, interpretation, application). Students of all majors are welcome. Drinks and snacks will be provided!
PGB Worship Tony Schnyders 8pm 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month Upper Barkley Lounge Come enjoy a time of worship with Scripture, thanksgiving, and singing.
Voices from the Kitchen & Beyond Kat Gritter Melody Scott 8:30 p.m. Every other week, 9/2-12/2 Heritage, RD Apartment This is a story series on changing narratives of women. We will profile 13 women who were/are leading thinkers and culture creators in politics, art, and literature. Through examining their faith perspective as it applies to Scripture, we will seek ways our own narratives are affected. ***WOMEN ONLY
Thursdays Leader Time Dates Location Description
 Fellowship of Expanding Faith  Deb Robinson  10:20-11:15 a.m.  Weekly, 9/4-10/30 Tables in the Barn  Discover how God uses faithfulness to break down obstacles facing His children. Learn how significant your faith walk might be to someone else – when things go well or when things are falling apart.
Turning Point OC Pastor Jeremy DiBartolo 10:30-11:30 a.m. Weekly, 9/4-12/4 Stewart Room We are a group of real people, with real issues, serving a real God. Our purpose is to point each other to Christ, help each other mature in Christ, and get involved in ministry for Christ. We'll be studying the book of James. ***MEN'S ONLY
The Breakfast Club Rachel Hunka 10:30-11:20 a.m. Weekly, 9/4-12/4 Fireplace in the Barn We're people coming from all different backgrounds who pour our hearts out to each other only to discover we have a whole lot more in common than we ever thought. Bring your breakfast (or lunch) and let's celebrate how God made us all different for a purpose. ***WOMEN ONLY
 Christianity for the World Dr. Brathwaite Joe Soza 10:30-11:20 a.m. Weekly, 9/4-12/4 Emma's Targeted primarily (though not exclusively) toward international students, this group is dedicated to developing a cross-cultural appreciation of the nature of global Christianity and Christian spirituality. In a relaxed, fun atmosphere, we will explore related biblical, theological, and philosophical foundations, themes, and questions.
Fridays Leader Time Dates Location Description
The War of Intimacy Kali Jobes 12 noon-1 p.m. Every other week, 9/12-12/5 Blossom Hall 3rd Floor Lounge This is a place to explore the difficult realities of God's warring for our hearts and false intimacy. Students can ask questions, engage in discussion and think biblically about the gods of sex, acceptance, success, romance and many others that keep us from true intimacy with God. ***WOMEN ONLY

Students are encouraged to register via the form below 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.