Learning Communities at Grantham Church

At Grantham Church, we believe we’re always learning. Our relationship with God grows as we learn more about ourselves, our faith and our purpose. That’s why we offer learning communities for all ages on Sunday mornings. Learning communities are personal spaces that offer you a chance to meet other members of the church and deepen your relationships with others on a journey with Jesus.

Our adult learning communities are intergenerational and meet according to topics. The following learning communities meet at 9 a.m. on Sunday mornings.

SPRING 2019 Adult Learning Communities


God’s Plan Always Prevails: Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther.

Room: A1

Leaders: Dr. Sam Brubaker, Dr. Dave McBeth, John Sider, and Glenn Pierce

Dates: Sundays, February 3 to May 19

Time: 9-10 AM

Seven Desires: Looking Past What Separates Us to Learn What Connects Us 

In Seven Desires of Every Heart, Mark and Debbie Laaser share their belief “… that God created us with seven basic, universal desires. Each of us desires to be heard and understood, to be affirmed, to be blessed, to be safe, to be touched, to be chosen, and to be included.” Based on their extensive experience as counselors, the Laasers present a model that will help us understand human relationships. 

Learning about the seven desires will help us to better understand our own behavior as well as the behavior of those that surround us. Only then can we move forward into healing, wholeness, and peace. 

“I wish I had understood these seven desires earlier in life; it would have really helped me in dealing with my own issues and the issues of others….. This book has changed my view of myself and humanity.” - Les Engle

Room: C7

Leaders: Les and Kim Engle and others

Dates: Sundays, February 3-24/ early March

Time: 9-10 AM


Paul’s letter to the Ephesians helps us see the full sweep of God’s plan from before creation to the ultimate union of everyone and everything in Jesus Christ.

Room: C7

Leaders: Geoff Isley and Ron Burwell

Dates: Sundays, March 3- May 19 (except March 31)

Time: 9-10 AM 

Lessons for 21st Christians from Paul’s Letter to Colossian Believers: A Bible Study

Although the shortest of Paul’s letters, the book of Colossians is rich in advice for living as Christ-followers in a culture hostile to our faith. Biblical scholar N. T. Wright’s course on Colossians serves as a backdrop to the study as we apply Paul’s teachings to our context as 21st century Brethren in Christ Christians.

Room: C8-12

Leaders: Ken and Yvonne Martin; Teachers: Randy Basinger

Dates: Sundays, February 3- May 19 

Time: 9-10 AM


This five-week class will use a study-guide based on insights from Donald Kraybill’s bestselling book, The Upside-Down Kingdom. From the introduction, “. . . come and dwell in the heart of Sabbath awhile. Learn of what troubles your soul and learn what makes your heart sing. This study is a call to return to the practice of Sabbath keeping, following values that seem so countercultural that they appear to be upside down.” 

Room: C9

Leaders: Pastor Kelly Chripczuk

Dates: Sundays, February 3 – March 3

Time: 9-10 AM


This five-week class will use a study-guide based on insights from Donald Kraybill’s bestselling book, The Upside-Down Kingdom. From the introduction, “This study [won’t] answer your questions about prayer, nor does it propose a crash diet-type prayer plan that will have you praying three hours a day in six weeks or less. This study aims to broaden and deepen your understanding of prayer while presenting you with different practices to “try on for size.” Some practices may surprise you with their simplicity. Hopefully all will leave you encouraged and connected as your relationship with God grows in breadth and depth.”

Room: C9

Leaders: Pastor Kelly Chripczuk

Dates: Sundays, March 10 – April 14

Time: 9-10 AM

Journeying Together: Advent Series
Four stand-alone sessions will offer time and space to experience Advent together. Beginning with the question, “What is Advent?” and offering a connection to a wide array of resources, each week will include scripture, reflection, and prayer. Attend just one or all four sessions and deepen your experience of the longing and hope of Christmas. For more information, contact kchripczuk@granthamchurch.org
Room: C9
Leader: Pastor Kelly Chripczuk
Dates: Sundays, November 25, December 2, 9, and 16
Time: 9-10 AM

* Books for discipleship gatherings will be available for purchase on the first day of class. Cost is typically between $10- $15, but books may be obtained free of charge if cost is a barrier. 

NOTE: March 31 is a Combined Learning Community with visiting Author and Pastor, Bruxy Cavey.