Church Community Studies
DVDs and sample study guides for the following studies may be available to checkout from the Community Groups Lending Library. Click HERE to submit a request to borrow study materials for your group.
(Find additional Community-related studies listed under Core Studies on the main Recommended Group Studies page.)
Becoming a True Spiritual Community: A Profound Vision of What the Church Can Be - Larry Crabb
In today's frenetic society, people rarely develop intimate friendships. Instead, they spend their lives essentially disconnected from others, rushing through life content with brief visits and casual conversations. But what if one were to develop a community, a spiritual community, of people who walked with and supported each other through life's journey? This study explores such a place, where God can heal disconnected people and allow them to reconnect with each other and, ultimately, with Him.
17-chapter Book Study
The Emotionally Healthy Church - Peter Scazzero
This study shares refreshing new insights and a different and challenging slant on what it takes to grow your church community in wholeness and maturity in Christ. Our churches are in trouble, says Scazzero. They are filled with people who are: unsure how to biblically integrate anger, sadness, and other emotions; defensive; incapable of revealing their weaknesses; threatened by or intolerant of different viewpoints; zealous about ministering at church but blind to their spouses' loneliness at home; so involved in "serving" that they fail to take care of themselves; and prone to withdraw from conflict rather than resolve it. This newly updated and expanded edition features a fuller, deeper look at the six principles contained in the original and includes a crucial, additional chapter: Slow Down to Lead with Integrity.
12-chapter Book & 8-session Workbook
The Good and Beautiful Community: Following the Spirit, Extending Grace, Demonstrating Love - James Bryan Smith
Apprentices of Jesus are not part-time do-gooders. They live in continuous contact with the kingdom of God, and are constantly men and women in whom Christ dwells. They do not sometimes tell the truth, sometimes live sacrificially or sometimes forgive. There are myriad opportunities for us to impact the world in which we live. Yet many times we've gotten it wrong, tending to emphasize personal faith over social justice or vice versa. In these pages Jim Smith shows us how to bring spiritual formation and community engagement together, and then offers spiritual practices that root new, true narratives about God and the world in our souls.
9-chapter Book Study with Discussion Guide
Life Together in Christ: Experiencing Transformation in Community - Ruth Haley Barton
Have you joined a church or small group in hopes of experiencing real life change, only to be disappointed? Have you sat through inspiring sermons about what is possible when Christians gather together in mutually edifying relationships, only to recognize how cynical you have become after many failed attempts? Community may be one of the most over-promised, under-delivered aspects of the Christian life today. Individuals remain selfish and stuck in their ways. Communities become spiritually lifeless or even fall apart because we don't know how to experience transformation together. Transforming community does not come primarily from listening to inspiring preaching or adding another church program. It emerges as we embrace a shared commitment to the attitudes, practices and behaviors that open us to Christ in our midst.
9-session Book Study
St. Charles - Adult Ministries
Lorie is originally from Southern California, but spent many years in Boston and really considers herself to be an east coast girl. She has a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology with a focus on women's issues from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She oversees our Women's Ministry.
In her spare time...well, she has no spare time. Time away from ministry is spent enjoying her husband and three boys.
Leah grew up in West Dundee, Illinois and received my BA in Education at the University of Iowa. Leah, her husband, Steve, and their three children began attending Christ Community Church in 2003. She has enjoyed being involved with women's and student ministries over the years. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with my family and friends, reading a good book, and gardening.
Jack is originally from upstate New York, and is a graduate of Brown University where he received his degree in Economics. Before joining the Christ Community Church staff, Jack spent 31 years in the consumer products industry in various sales and marketing managerial positions.
Jack and Susie have been married for over 30 years and have five wonderful children.
Lee was born in the Wicker Park area of Chicago and spent his early life slowly moving west, to the Austin District, Oak Park, Elmhurst, and, finally, Batavia. An alumni of Morton College, Lincoln college, and later, Moody Bible Institute, Lee spent 29 years in the meat division of a local grocery chain. Lee has been married over 40 years to his wife, Deb, and have three adult children and four grandchildren. He loves basketball, hiking, camping in Colorado, and sharing his faith with seekers
Jeannine was born and raised in Champaign, IL. She is married to her high-school sweetheart Jason and they have two children. They have been attending and serving at Christ Community Church since 2008.
She enjoys scrapbooking, playing volleyball with her family, biking, and cheering her son on in baseball.