All-Campus Short-Term Focused Groups

Trauma and Grief in the Healthcare Profession

Thursdays at 7:30pm, Zoom
6 Weeks Beginning Thursday, January 28 – March 4

Leader: Dan Andrews

Exposure to grief and trauma have always been a part of the healthcare professional’s job description, and this year COVID 19 has exponentially increased that level of exposure. This is a call to gather as a community of believers in healthcare, rooted in our faith in Christ, to set out on a new or renewed trajectory of healing and resilience. Join us as we walk through the five phases of the grieving process together over a six-week period. Our final week we’ll be led by Bonnie Martin who is a licensed professional counselor who specializes in trauma, PTSD, and coping skills. Perhaps for the first time we will truly invite the Holy Spirit into the grief and trauma we experience within our everyday lives. Let’s do this together. (Open to active, inactive, and student healthcare professionals and their loved ones.)

Mental Health and The Gospel

Wednesdays at 7:30pm, Zoom
Jan. 27, Feb. 3, Feb. 10

Leader: Allison Smith

Are a Christian’s ongoing struggles with mental health issues a reflection of a weak spiritual life? Can anxiety, depression, and faith in God coexist? How do we know if we’re “okay?” Is it possible to evaluate if we’re navigating life in in a healthy way? Join us as we seek to explore the intersection of Christian faith and mental health struggles in light of the ongoing pandemic.

Each week we will be joined by a different mental health professional who will help us to explore these questions. We’ll spend the first half of the evening hearing from these leaders, and then the second half of the evening we’ll break into smaller groups for discussion.

Week 1: Charissa Fry

Charissa serves as a Licensed Professional Counselor at The Vale Counseling Center. She has earned a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies with honors and a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling with honors from Dallas Theological Seminary. Charissa regularly teaches on topics of faith with an emphasis on the intersection of spiritual, mental, emotional and physical dynamics.

Week 2: Dr. David Lewis

Dr. Dave Lewis is the distinguished professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh and the Medical Director for the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC. Dr. Lewis is an internationally recognized expert on schizophrenia.

Week 3: Laurie Johnson, Marc Hutchinson, and Darren Bowers

Week Three will include a panel discussion with Laurie Johnson and Marc Hutchinson from the North Way Counseling Center and North Way Care Pastor Darren Bowers.

Be the Bridge

Wednesdays at 7:00pm, Zoom
7 weeks Beginning Wednesday January 27 – March 10

Leader: Fred and Linda Griffin

In an era when we seem to be increasingly divided along racial lines, many are hesitant to step into the gap, fearful of saying or doing the wrong thing. But change begins with honest conversation among a group of Christians willing to give a voice to unspoken hurts, hidden fears, and mounting tensions. Join us as we read through the book Be the Bridge by Latasha Morrison and become bridge builders for the Pittsburgh region.

Hearing the Voice of God Workshop

Thursdays at 7:00pm, Zoom
4 Weeks Beginning Thursday, Feb 18 – Thursday, March 11

Leader: Mary Mercer The ability to “hear God” is for believers who have been walking with Jesus ten days, ten years, or a lifetime. The issue is not “is God really speaking?” The question is always, “Are we listening?” This workshop will help to demystify what “hearing God” means in our daily lives.  In this workshop, you will:
  • Learn ways God speaks and begin to recognize ways God is already speaking to you
  • Gain practical tools and forms of prayer to enhance two-way communication with God
  • Uncover truth to address possible myths or lies you have been believing about God and His voice
  • Participate in various activities designed to increase your capacity to perceive the voice of God
  • Connect with others who are on a journey of discovering God’s voice

The opening night of this workshop will be led by Tara Browder who has a wealth of experience helping others in the area of prayer. Here is a bit of Tara’s bio:

As an ordained minister, Tara founded her non-profit Abba’s River Ministries, and she has also published two books. In When God is in the Whisper, she teaches through biblical examples and personal stories how to recognize God’s voice. In her most recently published book, Overcoming Bride, she shares practical ways to prepare ourselves to experience the greatest romance we will ever know—-the tangible love of a Bridegroom God. Tara is the Prayer Coordinator for Gateway Community Church in Austin, Texas where she currently lives. 

Studying the Bible and Literary Styles

Tuesdays at 7:00pm
6 Weeks Beginning Tuesday, January 26 – March 2

Leader: Jeff and Meghan DeWalt

God’s Word is important and beautiful, but sometimes the fact that it was written thousands of years ago shows through. Sometimes it can feel difficult to understand what the Bible is saying and why it is important for our lives today. One way to help develop those connections is to better understand the literary style of the different books of the Bible. Not all books are meant to be read in the same way. For example, you don’t read a poem in the same way you read a historical document, a fiction novel, or an opinion editorial. The same is true in the Bible; we must realize that the Psalms are to be read differently than Matthew, 1st Samuel, or Revelation. God’s Word is a beautiful mix of narrative history, prophecy, poetry, letters, and more. Join us as we learn about how the differences in Biblical genres can inform our understanding of who our God is and His will for our lives.

Prayer – From Duty to Delight

Mondays at 7:00pm, Zoom
6 Weeks Beginning Monday, January 25 – March 1

Leader: John Reilly

The late theologian J.I. Packer described the act of learning to pray as a movement “from duty to delight.” In a simple phrase, he expresses what so many of us feel. Prayer often comes with a twinge of guilt. We know it’s something we ought to do, but it’s not always something we want to do. Much of this frustration is born out of a lack of “how to” knowledge.

This is not a new problem. Jesus’ own disciples struggled with how to pray and asked Him to teach them (Luke 11:1). His instruction, known as the Lord’s Prayer, has not only served as a template for prayer over the last two thousand years but outlines practical solutions to everyday struggles. In this six-week study group we will look to the Lord’s Prayer as a guide to learn as we discuss such topics as anxiety, thankfulness, generosity, forgiveness and much more.

Elijah: Faith and Fire (Priscilla Shirer)

Thursday at 6:30pm, Zoom & Thursday at 6:30pm, in-person
Friday at 9:15am, Zoom & Friday at 9:15am, in-person
7 Weeks, both Zoom and in-person options
Thursday, February 4 – March 18 & Friday, February 5 – March 19

REGISTER HERE!

Leader: Moore & More Women’s Bible Study

Old Testament heroes are best known for their most celebrated moments: Moses dividing the Red Sea; David slaying Goliath; Gideon routing an insurmountable army; Joshua marching around the defiant walls of Jericho.

And Elijah–calling down fire on Mount Carmel. Blinded by the remarkable narratives of our biblical heroes, we can forget they each had a backstory–months and years of development, even difficulty, which fortified their spiritual muscle and prepared them for the tasks that made their lives unforgettable. Every serious believer longs to summon up the kind of boldness and faith that can stand firm on Mount Carmel and pray down heaven into impossible situations. Yet few are willing to go through the process required to get them there. Strength of faith, character, and boldness can only be shaped in the hidden fires of silence, sameness, solitude, and adversity. Those who patiently wait on God in the darkness emerge with their holy loyalty cemented, their courage emblazoned, and their confident belief in Him set afire. Join Priscilla Shirer on this 7-session journey through the life and times of the prophet Elijah to discover how the fire on Mount Carmel was forged in the valley of famine. And how the emboldened, fiery faith you desire is being fashioned by God in your life right now.

Marriage Matters

Thursday evenings from 7:00-8:15pm, Zoom
8 Weeks Beginning January 21 – March 11

Whether married for years or newly engaged, Marriage Matters provides hope for growth, tools for growth, and an environment for growth. Using biblical principles and a practical look into relationships, Marriage Matters offers live teaching in a group setting followed by a time of interactive and engaging small group discussion. Come experience Marriage Matters and deepen your intimacy with God and with each other.

Relationship Matters

Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:15pm, Zoom
7 Weeks Beginning January 20 – March 3

Relationships Matter offers a practical look into all kinds of relationships, using Biblical principles and tools for self-discovery and personal growth. Come experience live teaching and interactive group discussion that will help you improve all of your relationships and deepen your intimacy with God.

Campus Specific Short-Term Focused Groups

Sewickley Valley Campus: Exploring the Sovereignty of God

Tuesdays at 8pm, Zoom
5 Weeks Beginning January 19 – February 16

Leader: Joe Simonette

RC Sproul writes: “The providence of God is our fortress, our shield, and our very great reward. It is what provides courage and perseverance for His saints.” In the midst of hard times it is normal to ask the question “Why?” and to wonder where God is. In this group we will make the effort of talking through those tough questions and find our fortress when we are in the middle of the storms of life.

Sewickley Valley Campus: Prayer and Worship

Wednesdays at 7pm, in-person
5 Weeks Beginning January 20 – February 17

Leader: Phil Crawford

Join us for a time to learn about more about prayer, to pray together, to worship, and to reflect. Meets in the auditorium at the Sewickley Valley Campus. Masks and social distancing required.

Beaver Valley Campus: Exploring God’s Mission

Mondays at 7:00pm, Zoom
5 Weeks Beginning January 25 – February 22

Hosted By NW Beaver Valley and Mission partners of North Way

In the Great Commission found in Mathew 28:16 Christ gives us a command to “Go into all of the world making disciples.”  Each one of us has a responsibility and role to play in carrying this mandate out. Our Exploring God’s Mission group is designed to help you discover the basics of God’s plan for mission both locally and globally and what your role could be in joining God on this mission. Each week we will meet virtually with one of our international global partners and hear from various speakers about this exciting world. Is God calling you to take a deeper dive? Join us and let’s discover this together.

Beaver Valley Campus: Try it On (Discovering small Groups)

Mondays at 7:00pm, Zoom
5 Weeks Beginning January 25 – February 22

Leader: Jamie Kendrew

Ever wondered what all the hype is with small groups? Maybe you have wanted to try a small group out but have not been able to make the leap… Perhaps you have wondered what a small group even is?  “Try it on” is a virtual group designed for you! Join us for these 5 weeks as we take a close look at what it means to be a part of a small group and how God has called us into community with one another. SO, Take the leap and try it on. If you have any questions, please email Jamie Kendrew at jamiek@northway.org.

Robinson Campus: I’d Like You More If You Were More Like Me

Tuesdays at 7:00pm, in-person
7 Weeks Beginning January 19 – March 2

Leader: Sean Kelly or Frank McGary

We all want people in our lives we can trust, confide in, and turn to when life gets tough – people who not only appreciate our gifts, but who are fully aware of our flaws and failures, yet still want to do life with us. Join us in this 7-week study as we dive into what deep, meaning relationships look like and how we were created to be in community.

Robinson Campus: It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way

Mondays at 6:30pm, in-person
6 Weeks Beginning January 11

Leader: Lauren Piganell

Life often looks so very different than we hoped or expected. Some events may simply catch us off guard for a moment, but others shatter us completely. We feel disappointed and disillusioned, and we quietly start to wonder about the reality of God’s goodness. Join us in this 6-week study as we discuss how we can live assured and confident even when life doesn’t turn out the way we expected it to.

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