Thanks for your interest in Adult Ministries at TMC! We believe that every person should be experiencing real-life transformation in Christ. In order to facilitate that process, we have designed all of our Adult Ministry opportunities around four core dynamics that you’ll read about below.
I look forward to helping you connect and experience an imperfect yet genuine community. If there’s anything I can do to serve you, or answer any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Be sure to check out the Resources as well!
EVERY DISCIPLE NEEDS COMMUNITY.
We believe that every disciple of Jesus must experience real-life transformation in Christ. Therefore, we value personal transformation more than mere participation. However, we know that both are not mutually exclusive, and to facilitate an atmosphere of real-life transformation, we try to make sure every group and gathering is biblical, relational, intentional, and reproducible.
Monthly Prayer Meeting
Every second Sunday of the month we gather in the Community Room from 8:30 – 9:30 A.M. to praise God for what He is doing through us, to ask for His direction and provision, and to seek His will for the future. These prayer gatherings are usually led by one of our elders.
Weekly Prayer Meetings
Men – Every Friday at 9 AM a group of men meet at the building to pray together. Anyone is welcome to join!
Men & Women – Every Wednesday night at 6:15 PM a group of men and women meet at the building to pray together. Anyone is welcome to join!
A variety of Adult Bible Fellowships (ABF) meet every Sunday morning. In addition to studying God’s word, each ABF class have become a place to find a deeply rooted community.
All ABF classes are open to anyone and they meet from 8:30 – 9:45 AM on Sunday mornings in the northwest and northeast parts of the building.
Check out the list of ABFs with a full description of each.
Check out each ABF:
The Bible Class
Teacher: Dave Hammans
I am a Doctor of Chiropractic with a specialty in Orthopedics and have been in private practice for 38 years. My wife and I have 3 children all in education.
Format: This is a participatory class where everyone who wishes gets to read and answer questions. This class is perfect for all believers at all levels of spiritual maturity. No subject or topic in the Bible is off-limits regardless of complexity or depth. Our class begins with a prayer by a class member followed by a “Hook” or warm-up immediately followed by that day’s scripture reading and questions. We have great discussions. We end the class in prayer. I and others have been pleasantly surprised by the parallels between this class and recent sermons. It is an absolute joy!
Room 156 | Contact Dave Hammans
Teacher: Joel Hensley
My name is Joel Hensley. I have been a member of the Mission Church for about 4 years, & have taught the Cornerstone ABF for over 2 years. I came to Christ when I was 11. But I never grew up into my salvation (I never really knew what to do with it). You could say that I used a very small measure. So, I ended up leaving Christ & spent most of my teenage years & 20’s pursuing what I wanted. When that didn’t satisfy me, I came back to Christ, & I told Him that I never really gave Him 100%, & this time, I wanted to do that. You know, I had already made my choice (Christ wasn’t good enough), & Jesus could’ve told me that my choice had already been made. But He instantly took me back 13 years ago, & continues to show me what it’s like to use a large measure.
Format: The class is made up of mostly married couples, with a few singles. Most of the people are in their 50s & 60s. There are a few older & a few younger. We open with prayer, then read a passage, discuss it, & then pray for one another at the end. Participation & discussion are strongly encouraged, as are questions & observations. I try to focus our discussion on applying what we’re reading to our lives. I intend to provide an opportunity for you to ground yourself in the Bible & understand it, even crave it (1 Peter 2:2). Through discussion, I hope to provide an opportunity for you to apply it to your life. Finally, I intend to provide opportunities for you to live it out (bless others, mature in Christ) as I have them.
Room 157 | Contact Joel Hensley
Ezra Fellowship Class
Teacher: Bill Gary
Ezra Fellowship currently has six (6) regular participants (all in the age range of mid 60’s – mid ’70s). I have been a class leader/teacher for over 10 years.
Our format is open discussion, question/answer, verse-by-verse approach through different books of the Bible (We are currently going through Isaiah).
Though we are somewhat older I believe our approach to Bible study is easily adaptable to any age group or degree of spiritual maturity (all are welcome).
Office Conference Room | Contact Bill Gary
The Pathfinders Class
Teacher: Jeff Harper
I’m the Pathfinders’ teacher and have been with the church since getting out of college. I enjoy studying God’s Word and hope to help class members desire to go deeper in their study and application. This class is made up of a couple of previous long-term ABF classes with most attendees 65+ years old. Attendees are wanting to understand God’s Word and pray for and support each other.
This class is for anyone that wants to learn more about God’s Word and especially about seeing Jesus and the Gospel throughout the entire Bible. We are currently doing a series called “The Gospel in the Old Testament” and just finished Genesis and are moving into seeing the Messiah and pictures of salvation in Exodus and the Tabernacle.
Format: Sing a couple of hymns with piano accompaniment, announcements, a lesson for about 35 minutes, and 10-15 minutes of prayer requests and praises. Outside of Sunday morning, there are small groups that get together socially once a month, lunch group on Sunday after church, and various ways to promote fellowship and care for those who need it.
Room: Youth Room | Contact Jeff Harper
The HomeBuilders Class
Teacher: Vickie Blair
I am Vickie Blair. I grew up going to church and at the age of 9 accepted Jesus as Savior. All my life I have been involved in Sunday School and Group Bible Study. There is nothing more exciting than digging into God’s Word with anyone of any age.
The Ladies ABF meets from 8:30 to 9:45 AM on Sunday mornings and is for any lady who wants to study God’s Word in a small group. If you have never studied on your own, come anyway. We will give you tools to use and teach you what we have learned. We study on our own during the week and share what we have learned from the passage with each other in class.
We love to hear what is going on in each other’s lives and pray for each other, but the largest part of class time is spent sharing context, observation, meaning, and application about the passage we are studying. A couple of times a year we take 6 to 8 weeks to do video series from RightNow media.
Room 154 | Contact Vickie Blair
Life Groups exist to foster biblical, relational, intentional, and reproducible environments that lead to real-life transformation in Christ.
Meeting weekly or bi-weekly, most Life Groups consist of 8-14 people who study, fellowship, pray, serve, and generally “do life” together. Most are multi-generational and some even share a meal together.
Following Jesus is a challenging adventure not intended to be pursued alone. Find the encouragement, support, and accountability it will take to grow in Christ by joining a Life Group.
Monthly Men’s Breakfast – Every third Saturday of the month (September – May) the men gather for a Men’s Breakfast at The Mission Church in the Community Room from 8 – 9:30 A.M. This not only provides a time of fellowship and connection with all the men of the church, but it will also be a time of intentional equipping, training, and teaching from one of our pastors or leaders.
One on One – Our men are encouraged to meet weekly or bi-weekly one-on-one or in small groups for an intentional time in prayer, Bible study, and fellowship. We believe that real-life transformation takes place when men are studying God’s Word within the context of a relational environment and seeking to apply the truth of God’s Word to their lives in practical ways while receiving accountability from others. If you’d like to be paired up, email Pastor Brett and let him know!
Our Women’s Ministry is focused on serving women in order to help them follow Jesus, be transformed by Jesus, and join Jesus in His mission. There are many groups, gatherings, events, and initiatives within the women’s ministry that will provide a place for you to follow Jesus, be transformed, and join Jesus in His mission:
Bible Studies are a staple of the women’s ministry and multiple studies are offered year-round.
Circles on Mission provide opportunities for women to serve our missionaries, single-parent households, senior saints, and through various community and church outreach initiatives. We encourage spiritual growth and fellowship through our monthly meetings, Bible study, and prayer. Contact a Circle leader to join a Circle group!
One on One – Our women are encouraged to meet weekly or bi-weekly one-on-one or in small groups for an intentional time in prayer, Bible study, and fellowship. We believe that real-life transformation takes place when women are studying God’s Word within the context of a relational environment and seeking to apply the truth of God’s Word to their lives in practical ways while receiving accountability from others. If you’d like to be paired up, email Pastor Brett and let him know!
We have multiple congregational care ministries at TMC.
Stephen’s Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-on-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. Stephen Ministers are specially trained to provide emotional and spiritual care when someone is faced with a crisis such as: loss of a loved one, hospitalization, divorce or separation, spiritual crisis, unemployment, terminal illness, incarceration, aging, birth/adoption/miscarriage or infertility, chronic illness, relocation, recovery after an accident, and many more. If you or someone you know would like to receive care from one of our Stephen Ministers, please contact our Stephen Ministry Leadership team.
CareGivers Support Group exists to encourage and equip those caring for a loved one. They meet regularly and have guest speakers that provide expertise on a variety of topics. If you’d like to contact the CareGiver ministry team, click here.
Every Christian grandparent has the opportunity and the responsibility to model their faith and pass it on to future generations.
We are hosting the Legacy Coalition Grandparenting Simulcast on Oct. 21-22, 2022 to equip, encourage, and empower our congregation to be intentional Christian grandparents.
Why the emphasis on Disciple-making?
We believe that making disciples is our primary mandate from Jesus and the core ministry of The Mission Church. While we’re certainly not perfect, we desire to become a disciple-making church in the years to come. In July 2019, Pastor Mike and Pastor Brett preached a six-week sermon series on disciple-making. That sermon series is called The Supremacy of Disciple-Making. To watch those sermons, click here.
Immediately following that sermon series, we offered a 4-week Disciple-making Workshop where Pastor Brett trained the congregation using practical and simple tools combined with a clear plan. The Disciple-Making Workshop is offered at least once a year. Watch the 2019 Disciple-making Workshop
What is a disciple?
We desire to see the day when every disciple is fully functioning and using their God-given gifts and abilities to engage the lost, share the gospel, make disciples, be the Church, and multiply! To do that, we must first have a biblical definition of what a disciple is.
We find the most concise biblical definition for a disciple in Matthew 4:19 in which Jesus says, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
In this invitation from Jesus, we see the precise definition of a disciple that includes three parts. Therefore, a biblical disciple is:
- following Jesus [Follow Me]
- being transformed by Jesus [and I will make you]
- joining Jesus in His mission [fishers of men]
This definition provides clarity as well as a simple understanding of what it means to be a disciple. Also, this definition helps us understand another essential truth that every disciple is a disciple-maker — no exemptions, no excuses.
What is disciple-making?
We desire to see the day when every disciple is fully functioning and using their God-given gifts and abilities to engage the lost, share the gospel, make disciples, be the Church, and multiply! To do that, we must first have a biblical definition of what disciple-making is.
The New Testament has numerous examples of disciple-making from key leaders in the Church at that time (Peter, James, John, Paul, and Peter).
From their example, we see timeless truths that inform our definition of disciple-making:
- intentionally entering into relationships with people to help them follow Jesus, be transformed by Jesus, and join Jesus in His mission.
Therefore, disciple-making is all about Jesus. We’re not making disciples of us – we’re making disciples of Jesus!
current disciple-making rhythms
In order to stay focused on the mandate from our Master, we have implemented a few rhythms to our disciple-making efforts:
We encourage every believer to be engaged in a one on one relationship with someone of the same gender. The purpose of these one on one relationships is simple: prayer, Bible study, fellowship, and accountability. The primary tool that we provide for this is One to One Bible Reading by David Helm. This simple guide teaches you how to study the Bible with someone else. Additional disciple-making resources can be found here.
If you’d like to be paired up with someone, let us know!