BIBLE FELLOWSHIPS

Our Bible Fellowships meet every Sunday morning to provide an opportunity to hear excellent teaching, meet friendly people, and go deeper in your walk with Christ.  These groups often involve prayer, service projects, and social activities outside of class as well.  Find a group that is right for you!

CONNECT    •    GROW    •    BELONG

Find A Group That Is Right for You!

Our vision for Bible Fellowships is that individuals would CONNECT to the Body of Christ through relationships, fellowship and social interaction; GROW in faith through the teaching, discussion and application of God’s Word; and BELONG in a loving community based on encouragement, care, support and prayer.

The best way to find an ABF is to visit several classes until you find your perfect fit. While all of our classes are centered on God’s Word, they each have a unique focus and format. For example, some classes emphasize small groups while others have a combination of lecture and discussion in a large group. Some classes focus on marriage and family relationships and some study verse-by-verse through books of the Bible. Some tend to have students of all ages and some are more focused by age. Visit several, and contact Scott Wylie if you would like to talk about the various options. 

Any Adults

Bereans | 11:00 am

Location: Room FC202
Leader: Alan Travers
Gain a greater understanding of Biblical theology and learn to apply the truth of God’s Word to your daily life. Bereans gather for frequent fellowship to promote community among class members.

 

 

Coaches Corner | 8:15 am

Location: Parlor
Leader: Teaching Team, Led by Steve Stadtmiller
Dig deeply into God’s Word and discover the Christian worldview that equips us with spiritual wisdom to be coaches in whatever stage and station of life we find ourselves: parents, leaders, teachers, and counselors in our families, church ministries, and communities. The class encourages community by offering fellowship activities outside of class.

Cornerstone | 9:30 am

For Parents of Children & Teens
Location: 
Room FC203
Leader: Alan Hoffler
Developing a strong marriage, parenting, caring for aging parents, cultivating faith in the workplace—a daunting list for anyone! Join Cornerstone where parents are encouraged to glorify God in life’s many challenges. Supper clubs and women’s fellowships are some of the community building opportunities provided. Cornerstone is currently studying the big stories of the Bible. During the week the ladies from Cornerstone meet Wednesday morning for Bible study in the home of a class member and men from Cornerstone meet for Bible study on Friday morning at 6:45AM at the church.

Crossroads | 9:30 am

Location: FC201
Leader: Shaun Swingle
Crossroads offers a unique small group format for believers who desire to know God better. The class meets together each Sunday for practical Bible teaching with a specific focus on applying the Word to life. Each small group meets together throughout the month to fellowship, encourage one another, and develop close personal relationships that draw us closer to Christ.

Devoted 2:42 | 9:30 am

For Parents of Older Teens & Young Adults
Location:
Room: Parlor
Leader:  Rodney Phillips
Making the transition to being parents of young adults who are establishing independence isn’t easy. Learn to follow the principles of Acts 2:42, being “devoted to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship” with a focus on parenting and family relationships.

 

Encouragers | 11:00 am

Location: SC206
Leader: Wayne McGrath & Kevin Rusche

Encouragers is built around community, prayer, and fellowship. Each Sunday morning gathering will include a short lesson. Topics will vary and be a combination of video and live teaching. A significant portion of the hour is devoted to co-ed small group discussion. The goals for this class include building relationships with each other and with the church leadership, fostering corporate prayer, developing accountability and support, providing service opportunities, and pursuing fun and fellowship with each other as we grow in godliness.

Journey to Jerusalem | 9:30 am

Location: Choir Room
Leader: Winn Crenshaw

The purpose of this class is to foster an understanding of the spiritual, historical, and cultural background of the Bible from its Jewish perspective. The class will help develop a passion for God’s plan for the ages as we observe Him working among the world’s three people groups: Jews, Gentiles, and the Church.

Men's Class | 9:30 am

Location: SC222
Leader: Gary Huntington
Our men’s class fosters personal accountability to Christ and features open class discussion and high-interaction small groups. Fellowship opportunities emphasize spiritual growth and genuine discipleship to Fellowship opportunities which exist outside of class time emphasize spiritual growth and genuine discipleship.

New Season | 11:00 am

For Parents of Adult Children
Location:
Parlor
Leader:  Trent McKay
Our New Season class is focused on embracing God’s plan and presence in every new season of life. Each season has its own unique challenges and opportunities from an empty nest, expanding families though the marriage of children, aging parents or whatever God has for you in this season of your life. The joys, sorrows, and challenges of each new season are made better through this strong community of faith. New Season follows a discussion format while providing dedicated time for prayer. The class is committed to an abundance of fellowship to strengthen your faith and provide opportunities for you to experience the encouragement of Christian friendship.

Pathfinders | 9:30 am

Location: FC209
Leader: Joel Ray and Jeff Moss

Pathfinders class is open to all adults. We are focused on the application of God’s word as a light unto our feet and lamp unto our path for daily living. The format includes teaching and discussion, centered on the truth of God’s Word and its practical implications for our lives as we seek to live as a community of faith.

 

Walkers | 9:30 am

Location: CC220
Leader: Kerry Blette

Walkers is a class dedicated to fellowship and Bible study. We love to study, share insights, and walk through life in light of God’s perfect Word. Our teaching is verse-by-verse through books of the Bible. All are welcome.

 

Couples & Parents

AIM | 9:30 am

For Married Couples of Young Children
Location: 
Room FC206
Leader: Brett Ingalls
At AIM, we are captivated by Jesus’ command to make disciples. Knowing that life touches life, we strive to personally encourage and equip each other to become disciple-makers, starting with our homes and then branching out into our different spheres of influence. Our close-knit community of believers enjoys the opportunity to connect through interactive teaching, regular fellowship events, small group studies and one-on-one relationships. We are all committed to challenging and encouraging each other to take that next spiritual step.

WEBSITE

 

Couples Under Construction | 9:30 am
  • For Married Couples of All Ages
    Location:
    Room FC202
    Leader:  Eddie Watkins
    Couples Under Construction is a group dedicated to experiencing biblical truth in marriage, family life and community. Gather with other married couples and parents to study God’s Word and learn truths you can apply to your life experiences. CUC fosters community through a variety of fellowship opportunities. Learn more about Couples Under Construction at the class WEBSITE.

 

New Life| 9:30 am

For Parents of Children & Teens (but All Adults Welcome)
Location: 
Room FC210
Leader: Kevin Welch
In New Life our emphasis is on pursuing spiritual maturity together. We are serious about living out Biblical fellowship with all of its implications. Our teaching time is strong in its exposition of scripture and seeks to be highly interactive. Our members are also encouraged to participate in the weekly Bible studies provided for the men and women.

Recalibrate | 9:30 am

Location: FC207
Leader: Joel Thimsen
Perhaps you’ve been a Christian for years, or maybe you’re new to the faith. Perhaps you’re newly married and you long to be more grounded as a Christian couple, or maybe you’re a single adult who desires to live wisely. Perhaps you’re a parent and you desire to raise your children to the glory of God. When you think about your faith, you may be thinking – “Can I do this?” Or maybe you find yourself in a rut. This class is called Recalibrate because it communicates our intent as a community to honestly assess, change course when needed, and orient everything we do in light of the Gospel. Our goal is to dig deeply into God’s Word, and allow the truth we find there to Recalibrate our lives.

 

Senior Adults

Lifespring | 11:00 am

Typical Age: 55+
Location:
 Lodge
Leader: Les Lofquist
Lifespring is designed to encourage you to develop and maintain a deeper study of Scripture. The interactive lecture supplements your study, using a question and answer time to stimulate critical thinking. Lifespring members enjoy fellowship outside of class. “Breakfast at Barry’s” (BABS) is a weekly informal get-together for the men and “Birthday Lunch” is a monthly fellowship for women.

Open Bible | 9:30 am

Typical Age: 55+, but All Are Welcome
Location:
Parlor
Leader: Vince Smith
Open Bible seeks to exalt Christ through the study and teaching of Scripture verse by verse. This class provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere of prayer, class interaction, along with mission support, whereby, each becomes a means to carry out the admonition of Heb.10:24, “Let us consider how to simulate one another to love and good deeds.”

 

Young Adults

Fusion | 11:00 am

Typical Age: Post-College and Young Career
Location:
Upper Room
Leader: Peter Goeman
Fusion is a class for young adults, both single and married, with the purpose of proving a biblical community that encourages growth and maturity in Christ through the study of Scripture. Young adults feel the pressure of important responsibilities and the constant influence of the culture around them. FUSION exists to help navigate these daily challenges by looking to Scripture, as well as providing a place for fellowship of like-minded adults.

Internationals

Global Connect | 9:30 am

All Internationals & Americans
Location:
CC222
Leader: Karl Kosobucki
For internationals and Americans, both believers and seekers, those with little knowledge of the Bible and those with much knowledge. Excellent for those for whom English is a second language. The teaching is usually of a Bible book, but may also be a Bible overview or topic. It may include lecture, discussion groups, or multimedia. Bi-monthly fellowship events are also held in homes.

Shepherd's En Español | 11:00 am

Location: CC222
Leader: Ramon Sam
Shepherd’s en Español is an outreach to the local Hispanic community in Cary and surrounding areas. The fellowship meets every Sunday for Bible study. (Spanish translation of main service available during the 11:00 am service.)

Special Emphasis

Be Our Guest | 11:00 am

First-time Guests and Anyone New to Shepherd’s
Location:
 Prayer Room
Leader: Russ Frank
One-time guest event where you’ll learn a brief history of the church, have the opportunity to ask questions, and enjoy a brief tour of our facility.

Holy Hands | 9:30 am

For Deaf and Hearing Impaired
Location:
 FC202a
Leader: Ken Pohlig
Holy Hands is a class for the Deaf and hearing impaired. Bible study for adults and youth who are deaf, hearing impaired or desiring to learn sign language. All are welcome. We strive to study God’s Word and apply the Word in our daily lives. We learn from each other and seek to grow spiritually in the Lord. When our Bible study ends at 10:45 am, we then go to the Worship service (starting at 11:00 am) where the entire Worship service is interpreted with dedicated and skilled interpreters who love the Lord. We frequently meet for fellowship and social interaction.

Praiseworthy | 9:30 am

Abbreviated Class for Music and Hospitality Ministry
Location:
 FC204
Leaders: Gary Hallquist & Mark Cotnoir
Praiseworthy is an abbreviated class that begins after the music portion of the Worship Service is complete. While all are welcome, this class gives members of Shepherd’s Music and Hospitality ministries an opportunity to study God’s Word.

Singles Class | 11:00 am

Typical Age: 40+
Location:
 FC206
Leader: Steve Polen
Older singles gather to study God’s Word through discussion and small-group studies as well as presentations. Understanding God’s amazing grace toward us is the focus of every study, and enjoying that grace and living it out toward others is the guiding principle of the class. There are frequent fellowships offered.

Adults staff
Scott Wylie

Scott Wylie

Family Ministry Pastor

Scott Wilson

Scott Wilson

Senior Adult Pastor

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter

Community Life Pastor

Sandrine Cotnoir

Sandrine Cotnoir

Administrative Assistant

Erika Partenheimer

Erika Partenheimer

Administrative Assistant