What are Fellowship Groups?
A fellowship group is made up of anywhere between 15 and 40 people and is a vital part of growing as a Christian as it provides a place for close relationships and deeper learning about biblical principles. This idea has roots in the early Christian movement, where the New Testament describes a thriving community centered in homes where people gathered to hear teachings, share meals, pray, and build meaningful friendships (Acts 2:43-47; Ephesians 4:15-16). God has a special purpose for each person in the community (1 Corinthians 12:11-25; Romans 12), and we believe that participating in a home church is the best way to experience the love of Jesus. This type of fellowship is what God desires for his people and we encourage everyone to get involved.
These are not your parent’s youth groups. Well, maybe they are - if your parents went to awesome youth groups they begged to go to each week. Beacon, for kids in 4-6th grade, meets on Friday nights several times a month for Bible study and wildly fun activities. Cubed, for high school students, has a Bible Study at the Study Center every other Monday night. These are substantial teachings that allow students to engage with questions, doubts, and opinions. Of course, high school students have a lot of fun at their meetings, too.
Student ministry is the heart of Freedom Fellowships. Our roots go back to campus ministry, and we continue to prioritize raising young people who know how to teach the Word, build significant relationships, and who value serving others. All Identity Project fellowship groups meet every Thursday at 8:30 pm for Central Teaching on Kent State Campus (CVA, 165). Kyle and Caitlin McCallum and Adam and Anele Esterle oversee the College Sphere.
"Meta" is a Greek prefix that means "beyond." This sphere, made up of four Fellowship Groups, includes college students, young professionals, and young families. There’s a spirit of change and pressing toward new horizons in character, spiritual growth, deepening relationships, and life stages. Meta likes to be out and about: you’ll find them in a dart league at a local brewery or serving residents in local nursing homes. Meta Sphere gathers at 5:00 pm every Saturday for Central Teaching at our Study Center and hosts all kinds of unique fellowship opportunities afterward. Greg and Lina Morscher, and Ian and Adi McCullough oversee the Meta Sphere.
Don’t let the name fool you. Although there are quite a few families in the Family Sphere, everyone acts like family. A warm, active group made up of young professionals, young families, and folks all the way up to empty nesters, this sphere meets together every Saturday night for Central Teaching at 5:00 pm at our Study Center. Many people are involved in service ministries in our community. Multiple unique Fellowship Groups meet weekly in homes for Bible study and building friendships. The IV ministry is a unique group that serves senior living facilities. Neil and Kalie Brooks oversee the Family Sphere.