A WHY Group is essentially a group of people that are committed to living through the ups and downs of life together. We have a number of existing WHY groups that range from just a few members to large groups with multiple families/kids. No matter what the WHY group looks like, the members meet regularly, study the Bible with each other, and pray for one another.

Maybe at this point, you are wondering why you should join a WHY group? Well that’s a good question and we’d say there are at least 4 good reasons:

  1. You’ll grow spiritually as you study the Bible and have group discussions where you can ask questions and bounce ideas off of one another.
  2. You’ll feel like you are a part of God’s family and not just a face in the crowd like you might on Sunday mornings.
  3. Prayer will become more meaningful as you pray for the members of the group and they pray for and with you.
  4. You’ll be surrounded by love and support when life throws you a curve ball. And you’ll be able to handle the everyday stress of life knowing that you have supportive friends standing by your side no matter what.

We know that you might have a few more questions so visit the Start Your Own Group page to see a list of FAQ’s.

We realize that joining a new group can be a bit scary for some people. So remember that if for some reason you don’t click with your new small group after a few months, we can assist you in finding a new group. That said, we always encourage people to give it enough time to see if the group will grow on you and assess if you will eventually fit in. There is a group out there for everyone!

Ready to dive in? Join an existing group (listed below), or start your own! Fill out our WHY Groups form to get started and we’ll be in touch.

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Existing WHY Groups – Fall 2018

Family Circus Group

Type: Families with Young Children
Meets: 4th Sunday of Month (Sept – Dec 2018) + Service Projects
Time: 11:30 AM
Location: Elk River
Fall Study: Family Devotional followed by Prayer Time
Description: Our WHY group is all about family and is made up mostly of elementary-aged kids along with the parents. Come and join us as we explore what it is like to live in community with each other.

Empty Nester Couple’s Group

Type: Adult Couples
Meets: Every Other Sunday Starting 9/23 thru November
Time: 6 – 8 PM
Location: Elk River
Fall Study: Vanishing Grace with Philip Yancey
Description: Our WHY Group includes adult couples. Many of the members are empty nesters and couples with adult children. Typically we have fellowship time with dessert, a DVD bible study with discussion time, and end with prayer time. In addition, we try to do a service project and social get-togethers at least quarterly. Come join us as we grow together to become more Christ-like and develop strong relationships with other couples.

Thieke Group

Type: Families with Children
Meets: 2nd and 4th Sundays (twice a month), starting 9/9
Time: 5 – 7 PM
Location: Elk River

Fall Study: Christian: It’s Not What You Think with Andy Stanley

Description: Our group is a mix of families with kids of all ages. All are welcome!

Golden Group

Type: Mature Adults
Meets: Four Sundays in a Row Starting 9/23
Time: 5 – 7 PM
Location: Elk River
Fall Study: Unshakable with Rick Warren (last 4 sessions)
Description: Our WHY Group is made up of seniors that have a joy of living and growing closer to each other and to God. Join us for some great conversation make some new friends!

Fifty Plus (50+) Group

Type: Adults Over 50
Meets: Sundays
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Location: Elk River
Fall Study: The Life You’ve Always Wanted with John Ortberg
Description: Our WHY group is made up of adults that are passionate about learning more about what it means to follow Jesus. You’ll always find food, a welcoming environment, and a safe place to ask questions and explore together.

Women’s Group I

Type: Women
Meets: Every Tuesday Starting 9/19
Time: 4:15 – 5:30 PM
Location: Elk River YMCA Conference Room
Fall Study: Breaking Free by Beth Moore
Description: Join Pastor Sonja and a group of women as we explore different topics relevant to our lives.

Women’s Group II

Type: Women
Meets: Every Other Tuesday Starting 9/4
Time: 9:30 – 11 AM
Location: Elk River
Fall Study: In the Middle of the Mess with Sheila Walsh
Description: Our WHY group is women who share a common interest in deepening friendships with each other and with Jesus. You’ll find a warm and welcoming environment and lots of great conversation.

Adult Group


Type: Adults
Meets: Sundays starting 9/9 (10 sessions between Sept – Dec)
Time: 12:30 – 2:30 PM
Location: Elk River
Fall Study: The Wisdom of God with Nancy Guthrie
Description: Our WHY group is just getting started, so join us as we learn together! We’ll be focusing on prayers and wisdom this fall as we study the book of Proverbs.

Student Group

Type: Students in Grades 6 – 12
Meets: Every Wednesday Night Starting 9/12
Time: 6:15 – 7:45 PM
Location: Elk River YMCA

Fall Study: TBD
Description: Join Pastor Bjorn, Megan Pedersen, and other students as we explore and grow together in our faith.

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