Growth Groups

We are not letting COVID-19 stop us from connecting! Our growth groups are kicking off a new semester on September 6th! If you want to connect in a group, you can sign up below. 

Growth Groups are Pinnacle's community groups who gather together in a convenient location to learn about the Bible, grow, and have fun together. It's a great way to meet new people while growing in your faith. For more information, contact Caleb Simmons.

There are four great reasons to join a Growth Group:

1. Weekly Bible Study will help you grow in your faith.

2. Prayer from others enables you to get through the tough times.

3. Meet new friends in our community.

4. Have fun with other people going through similar things as you. 

Want to join a group? The process is simple. Just follow these three steps: 

 Step 1: Find a group.
View the available groups online and find the one that best fits you. 

Step 2: Register online. 
Simply sign up for the group you would like to join. 

Step 3: Meet your group. 

Check out our groups below and sign up for the one that best fits you.

Host: Chris and Jayne Werbylo
Meets: Sundays at 4:00pm in Canton
Study: "Starting Point" by Andy Stanley
Starting Point is a gathering where your questions about God turn into a conversation about faith. In a Starting Point group, you can discuss your doubts and explore the trickiest topics of faith, free from pressure and judgment.

Hosts: Dave and Lori Clancy
Meets: Every other Sunday at 5:00pm in Maggie Valley
Childcare Provided
Study: "Love Like That" by Les Parrot
As followers of Jesus, we are to radically love those around us and give the world a glimpse of what God is like. But this is easier said than done. What does it actually mean to love like Jesus? And why do we so quickly get bogged down in our own selfishness, sin, and futile efforts?
In this Bible study series, Dr. Les Parrott examines Jesus's life and character traits to give practical definition to what it means to love like Jesus.

Hosts: Mark and Angela Bleckley
Meets: Sundays at 6:00pm
College/Career Age

Hosts: Don and Stephanie Bollinger
Meets: Every other Sunday at 6:00pm in Canton
Study: "Building Successful Relationships"
We all hunger for long-lasting, life-giving relationships. For many, they are a struggle to establish or even maintain. We all desire a deep relationship with our spouse, parents, children, coworkers, friends, and others around us. In reality, the quality of life we live is directly related to the success or failure of these relationships. 
In Building Successful Relationships, Michael Fletcher gives practical keys that will help build strong relationships throughout every area of life. He shows the central issue in every relationship is the hearts of those involved. When the seven principles are applied, you will begin to see your heart, and the hearts of those around you grow closer to one another. This series will enable you to see an increased level of intimacy in your existing relationships, help you develop new relationships, or repair a damaged relationship from your past.

Jeremy and Jamie Edmonds
Meets: Online
Study: Parenting is hard. Parenting in a pandemic is even harder. Join this group of parents who navigate parenting in a pandemic and the unique challenges that come with it. 

Host: Bill Harkins
Meets: Mondays at 6:30pm in Canton
Study: "Gospel in Life" by Tim Keller
Join author and pastor Timothy Keller to explore how the gospel can change your heart, community, and how you live the Gospel out in everyday life.

Hosts: Justin and Elizabeth Pilat
Meets: Mondays at 6:30pm in Waynesville
Study: "Greater Than" by Francis Chan
Francis Chan walks through his own difficult childhood to help us understand that God is greater than any pain, sin or hardship that we might encounter in this life. Watch the videos and follow along with the study guide, and you too will realize that God is greater than any obstacle standing in your way.

Tyler's and Seller's 
Meets: Mondays at 6:30pm in Canton
Study: "Galatians" by Kyle Idleman
If someone asked you to explain the gospel, what would you say? What is the good news of the Christian faith? Writing to the Galatians, Paul made it clear how easily we can be tempted to turn toward fraudulent gospels, especially those that teach we can earn God’s love through our works. Though they may have the appearance of truth, they are lifeless and leave us empty in the end.
In this Book of the Bible series, Kyle Idleman dives into the book of Galatians, one that contains some of the clearest explanations of the gospel in the New Testament. Through biblical study and engaging lessons, Kyle shows that true freedom is found in surrender, not self-dependence. Because our gospel is not one based on our works, but faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ.

Hosts: Sheena Stevens and Rachel Thompson
Meets: Online
Mom's Group
Study: "Overwhelmed By My Blessings" 
Motherhood can pus you to your limits-which is perfect because God's power works best in our weakness. This Bible study and questions are written to give every tired and weary mom hope for this beautifully broken journey in motherhood. 

Kaye Lynn Hall
Tuesdays at 6:30pm
Women's Group
Study: "
Take Courage" by Jennifer Rothschild
In this study on the Book of Haggai, learn to walk confidently in your calling, stay motivated despite opposition, and courageously invest your life in God's purposes, trusting Him for results you may never see in this lifetime.

Host: David Myers
Meets: Tuesdays at 6:30pm in Canton
Men's Group
"Be A Godly Man" by Joby Martin 
God has created men to have incredible strength. But today’s culture has hijacked masculinity, distorting strength into passivity and abuse.
In this Bible study series, pastor Joby Martin invites men to embrace God’s definition of masculinity and to step into His calling upon their lives to wield their strength on behalf of others. God has designed men to be protectors, providers, and defenders. When men act like men, everyone flourishes.

: Stephanie Morgan
Meets: Wednesdays at 6:30pm ONLINE
Study: "Facing Anxiety" by Jonathan Pokluda
Anxiety is inescapable in today's world. When stress overpowers us and fear infects our minds, it can feel like the peace the Bible talks about is impossible to find. And no amount of pretending, overworking, or isolating ourselves will offer us the peace we need. In this series, pastor Jonathan Pokluda explores how Christians can face anxiety head-on. With real-life stories from people facing various kinds of anxiety, this series helps us see that peace can be found on this side of eternity. 

Hosts: Caleb and Sally Simmons
Meets: Wednesdays at 6:30pm in Canton
Study: "Psalm 23" by Matt Chandler
Many people are familiar with Psalm 23. But because we all know it, we often breeze through the psalm without slowing down long enough to rest in the assurance it offers. In this series on Psalm 23, pastor Matt Chandler introduces us to the great shepherd, the Lord, who promises to provide for every need of his flock. Though only six verses long, this psalm teaches us profound truths about our loving and protective God. By studying Psalm 23, we'll encounter a life-transforming question: Do you trust the Lord to care for your needs?  

Host: Craig Harris
Meets: Wednesdays at 6:30pm Hybrid In-Person/Online
Study: "Culture Shock" by Chip Ingram
Where do you stand on issues like: Truth, Sex, Homosexuality, Abortion, the Environment, and the Church and Politics? More importantly, what does God say? More than ever before, believers must develop convictions based on research, reason, and biblical truth. But it doesn't stop there. It's equally important that you're able (and willing) to communicate these convictions with a love and respect that reflects God's love. This series will help you learn how to respond with love, even in the face of controversy. In the process, you'll discover the power of bringing light–not heat–to the core issues at the heart of society today.

Hosts: Don and Mary Ann Smith
Meets: Wednesdays at 6:30pm in Waynesville
Study: "Jesus Outside the Lines" by Scott Sauls
Whether the issue of the day on Twitter, Facebook, or cable news is our sexuality, political divides, or the perceived conflict between faith and science, today's media pushes each one of us into a frustrating clash between two opposing sides. Polarizing, us-against-them discussions divide us and distract us from thinking clearly and communicating lovingly with others. Scott Sauls, like many of us, is weary of the bickering and is seeking a way of truth and beauty through the conflicts. Jesus Outside the Lines presents Jesus as this way. Scott shows us how the words and actions of Jesus reveal a response that does not perpetuate the destructive fray. Jesus offers us a way forward - away from harshness, caricatures and stereotypes. In Jesus Outside the Lines, you will experience a fresh perspective of Jesus, who will not (and should not) fit into the sides.

Host: Terri Myers
Meets: Wednesdays at 6:30pm ONLINE
Handling Life's Difficult Times Together
Study: "Anxious For Nothing" by Max Lucado
In this video Bible study, Max Lucado explores God's promise in Philippians 4:4–8 and shows that while anxiety is part of life, it doesn't have to dominate life. As you follow God's prescription for worry – celebrate his goodness, ask for help, leave your concerns with him, meditate on good things – you will experience his peace. You can stop letting anxiety rule your day and find true calm and contentment in Christ.

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