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It’s God’s desire for us to live together in community so that we may grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ and others. At fellowship we have the opportunity for connection through our LifeGroups. There are three types of LifeGroups this winter, and each has a specific focus to meet your need for spiritual growth and encouragement.



Three Types of LifeGroups

Community Small Groups

Community Small Groups provide an opportunity to grow in friendship with a small group of people (14 or less) that are united around a common life experience, such as location, age, or common interest. These groups meet for 12 weeks three times per year.



Study Groups


Study Groups primarily focus on the study of God’s Word. Skilled teachers offer studies on particular books of the Bible or other Biblical topics. These groups meet year round.


Support Groups

Support Groups connect people around common needs and life skills. They are a ministry of support and encouragement as you face life’s common challenges. Support Groups are offered three times during the year.


Community Small Groups

The Bridge Young Adults (under 30)

Portable 4

Wednesdays | 7pm

Led by Steve and Traci Berens – Biblical discussions of various subjects driven by the interests of the group.



Thursday Morning Men’s Bible Study

Connection Center

Thursdays | 9am

This group meets on campus and centers on a discussion of Pastor Mike’s Sunday morning sermon.




33541 Area

Thursdays | 6:30 pm

Led by Daniel and Amber Whitehurst – This group meets in Zephyrhills and centers on a discussion of Pastor Mike’s Sunday morning sermon.




33527 Area

Tuesdays | 6:30 pm

Led by Bruce and Donya Browning – This group meets in Dover and centers on a discussion of Pastor Mike’s Sunday morning sermon.




33510 Area

Tuesdays | 6:30 pm

Led by Pastor Mike and Cheryl Grover – This group meets in Brandon and centers on a discussion of Pastor Mike’s Sunday morning sermon.




33592 Area

Tuesdays | 7 pm

Led by Pastor Dave and Melody Spencer – This group meets in Thonotosassa and centers on a discussion of Pastor Mike’s Sunday morning sermon.

Study Groups


Portable 3

Sundays | 9:30am

Led by Ryan Smith – Creation Apologetics – Defending our faith by cultivating a biblical worldview of creation.



J.O.Y. Group

Student Ministry Building

Sundays | 9:30am

Led by Pastor David Spencer – The Life of Jesus – Join us as we take a chronological step-by- step walk with Jesus during His earthly life and ministry. Grow closer in your relationship to our Savior as we discover the places where Jesus went. Come see it all unfold in His perfect timing.



The Bridge Young Adults (under 30)

Portable 4

Sundays | 9:30am

Led by Steve Berens – A Study of Revelation – Learn how to approach the study of End Times from God’s perspective. Prophecies are history that is written in advance. Gaining an understanding of these future historical events allow Christians to experience peace today, even prior to the prophecies’ future fulfillment.



Women of Faith

Student Ministry Room 5

Sundays | 9:30am

Led by Kaylynn Schmidt– What is Friendship?  – For many people friends play the role of family, and as with family relationships, our friendships often don’t turn out quite as we envisioned or hoped. Our group will be studying what Scripture says about friendship and the important need for relationships in our lives.




Student Ministry Room 2 Sundays | 9:30am

Led by Ron Bowe – A Walk Through the Book of Genesis – Genesis describes the creation of our world, the fall of man into judgment, and God’s grace in the lives of Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, and his brothers.



Beson Group

Portable 3

Sundays | 11am

Led by brothers Beau Beson and Ben Beson – This group for couples meets on campus and centers on a discussion of Pastor Mike’s Sunday morning sermon.



Women’s Connection

Student Ministry Room 3

Sundays | 11am

Led by Vicky Jones & Graceanne Williams – Fruit of the Spirit – A Bible study developing Christian character and unlocking the nice riches of a Christ-centered life. Each of these characteristics will be examined in the light of God’s Word and how to develop them in your spiritual life.




Student Ministry Room 2

Sundays | 11am

Led by Rob Anders – Biblical Prophecy – A look at future events regarding biblical prophecy with a specific look at Israel.



Men’s Bible Fellowship

Room A7

Sundays | 11am

Led by Alan Knight – A Study of Mark – This group will be looking at the life of Jesus: His teachings, miracles, and parables.



Behold Your God – Study Group

Portable 4

Sundays | 11am

Led by Brian Levinus – Behold Your God: Rethinking God Biblically – a study that focuses on God’s self-revelation in the Bible, helping the believer to apply the descriptions of God to all areas of life. Study books are available for $15.



Common Ground

Student Ministry Room 4

Sundays | 11am

Led by Gene Bullington – Expository Study of Romans – Romans is the Apostle Paul’s progressive discussion of New Testament doctrine. We will take this book verse by verse to dig deep into Paul’s teaching to gain a better understanding of who we are in Christ.



Jubilant Hearts

Student Ministry Room 5

Sundays | 11am

Led by Lilan Starford – A Study of Hebrews – A caring group of ladies, with a desire to draw closer to God, will be starting a verse-by-verse in-depth study of the book of Hebrews. Weekly meetings include singing hymns, sharing prayer requests, and informative, interactive, and encouraging group discussions of the week’s key text with opportunities before and after for fellowship.



Women of Grace

Student Ministry Room 4

Meets the 2nd Monday of Each Month | 10am

Led by Linda Clark – Verse by Verse Study of Proverbs – This is a sweet fellowship of ladies who want to learn more of God’s Word and have a closer relationship with the Lord. We are doing a verse by verse study in the book of Proverbs and on women of the Bible.



One in a Million – Women’s Study Group

Student Ministry Room 5 Sunday Night | 6pm

Led by Debbie Hodges – One in a Million: Journey to Your Promised Land – This seven-week study encourages participants to fully engage in the abundant life God has waiting for those who will allow Him to take the lead in daily living. One in a Million is an opportunity for you to experience your deliverance from strongholds, to conquer your wilderness living, and to claim your God-given inheritance. Begins March 1st. 


Support Groups

Financial Peace

Student Ministry Room 5 Wednesdays | 7pm

Led by John Hodgkinson – A focus on financial freedom taught on video by America’s most trusted financial guru David Ramsey. This group will walk you through the basics of budgeting, dumping debt, planning for the future, and much more!




Portable 2

Wednesdays | 7pm

Led by Rick and Graceanne Williams – You will gain access to valuable DivorceCare resources to help you deal with the pain of the past and look forward to rebuilding your life.




Student Ministry Room 4 Wednesdays | 7pm

Led by Kay Frink and Vicki Roach – Griefshare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.



Seven Habits

Portable 1

Wednesdays | 7pm

Led by David Schmidt – Outlined from the book Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Dr. Stephen Covey, we will be examining biblical principles and characters to discover and develop critical habits for a successful and effective everyday life.



Sticky Faith- Mom’s Support Group

Portable 3

Wednesdays | 7pm

Led by Kaylynn Schmidt and Liz Washington – Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids – A time for moms to get together to learn and discuss current issues kids are facing today. This 5-session study presents a powerful strategy to show parents how to encourage their kids’ spiritual growth so that it will stick with them into adulthood. No matter the age of your kid, it’s never too early or too late to build Sticky Faith.



5K Missions Run Prep

Basketball Court

Saturdays | 9am

Led by Ryan Shields – This group will focus each week to build each other up mentally, spiritually, and physically through the Word of God, exercise, and fellowship. The goal is to be fully prepared for the mission 5K in late winter.



Playdate Fridays

Indoor Playground

Meets the 2nd Friday of Each Month | 10am-noon

For parents of preschool kids – once a month, we will meet in the Connection Center for kids to play on the indoor playground and for parents to connect with other adults! Begins January 10, 2020.



Celebrate Recovery

iFour Church

Thursdays | 6:30pm

Celebrate Recovery is a nationally- recognized, Christ-centered, 12-step recovery program for anyone struggling with hurt, pain, or addiction of any kind. Celebrate Recovery is a safe place to find community and freedom from the issues that are controlling your life. Let other people who understand what you’re dealing with walk alongside you. This will be hosted at iFour Church in Seffner by Bart Denny. Begins Thursday, February 13, 2020.



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