GUM Adult & Family Ministry
Welcome to GUM Adult & Family Ministry!
GUMchurch strives to provide opportunities for Intentional Faith Development and fellowship for adults of all life-stages and faith-levels. Class and group options offer a range of days, times, and commitment levels.
On this page, you will find information on classes designed specifically for adults. These include study group, membership classes and just-for-fun fellowship groups.
For more information on these or any adult opportunities at GUMchurch, please contact the GUMchurch at: Info@GUMonline.org or 616.669.0730
What is Intentional Faith Development?
Intentional Faith Development refers to all the ministries that help us grow in faith outside of weekly worship, such as bible studies, Sunday School classes, support groups, and prayer teams. In practicing Intentional Faith Development, GUMchurch offers opportunities for people at all stages of faith to learn in and with community. The vision of GUMchurch calls us to actively live the example of Jesus. Therefore learning, growing, and acting on faith is as important as having faith.
GUMchurch offers ministries that help people grow in grace and in the knowledge and love of God. Intentional refers to deliberate effort, purposeful action, and high priority.
*On-site childcare is available for all programs with advance request. Email Nursery@GUMonline.org to arrange childcare or call the church office at 669.0730*
Sunday Morning Classes
10:30am - Sermon Talk-Back
Dig deeper into the morning’s sermon topic. Discuss thoughts, questions, or insights.
Class materials will coordinate with the sermon series.
Starts Jan. 8 – join anytime!
Led by Chris Koch. Meets in the GUM Library.
11:45am - Financial Peace University
Starts Sunday January 8
Learn Dave Ramsey’s seven easy-to-follow Baby Steps to create a budget, get out of debt, and make a plan for your money!
Led by Drew and Carrie Ysseldyke. Meets in the GUM Library.
11:45am - Living Your Strengths
Starts Sunday January 22
Too many people’s talents are going unappreciated. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Living Your Strengths shows readers how to use their innate gifts to enrich their faith communities. This study will show people how to identify and affirm their talents, and how to use them for growth and service. Most importantly, Living Your Strengths helps people discover their true calling.
. Pre-registration (call 669-0730 or use the contact form) requested, but not required.
Led by Kayla Cole. Meets in the GUM Prayer Room.
Evening and Weekday Programming
On-site childcare is available for all programs with advance request. Email Nursery@GUMonline.org to arrange childcare or call the church office at 669.0730
The Breakfast Club
Saturday Feb. 25: “Family, Faith, and Technology”
Saturday March 25: “Depression & Anxiety”
Saturday April 22: “Stages of Marriage”
These workshops will be led by special guest presenter Michael Reiffer, LMSW and manager of the Pine Rest Southwest Clinic
Right here at GUMchurch
Thursdays @ 6:30pm - Who are our Neighbors?
Starts January 26.
A study of different world religions and what it means to be a Christian in this diverse world.
Led by Rev. Dr. Jennie Browne. Meets in the GUM Library.
2nd & 4th Fridays @ 9:30am - Moms Bible Study
2nd and 4th Fridays of each month 9:30 to 11:00am, September – May
Using several different Bible commentaries, along with their own life experiences as women, mothers, spouses, sisters, daughters, and all the other roles we take on, this group is reading through the Gospel of Matthew to learn more about what Jesus said and did and how that impacts our lives today. Led by Marla Wilkinson in the GUM Library.
1st Wednesdays @ 9am - Senior Men's Group
This group meets in the GUM Lounge at 9am on the 1st Wednesday of each month for discussion, fellowship, coffee and donuts.
This fun group meets monthly at a various local establishments to chat about topics relevant to real life and current events using various theological perspectives. Click here for info on the next Pub Theology event.
Journey Groups: Adult Small Groups
We believe that growing our faith and becoming disciples of Jesus is a journey best taken with friends who can help us and encourage us along the way. Like the first journey group of Jesus’ 12 disciples, we all experience God in different ways and have many insights to share with others.
A Journey Group is 8-10 people who commit to 8 weeks of walking the faith journey together, learning how to express their faith to each other and learning how to see God in every part of life. It is a safe and confidential place to listen to each other, pray for each other and “watch over one another in love”.
***NEW JOURNEY GROUPS FORM THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. CONTACT THE CHURCH OFFICE FOR MORE INFO***
A Ministry Team is a small group of Jesus followers with complementary skills, who are committed to common purposes, performance goals, and approaches for which they hold themselves mutually accountable. These teams work together, break bread together, and, of course, have fun together! Doing ministry in teams has shown to be effective not only at accomplishing the team goals, but also in nurturing a strong sense of community. Some teams have long-term goals and work together for extended time periods, others have a short-term goal and the team moves on once the goal is accomplished.
Just for Fun Fellowship Groups
Fellowship Groups are made up of GUM folks who share a common interest and enjoy pursuing this interest together! All groups are open to new members at any time. Just call the church office at 669.0730 or contact us online for more info!
The GUM Book Club meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 1pm for a couple hours. The books are recommended by a person in the group and include non- fiction and fiction.
A diverse group of folks who get together once a month to socialize, eat, and play cribbage. Meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month September through May at 7:30pm in the GUM Lounge.
A “senior” group that meets for programming and social outings. Click here for info on Forever Young’s current events.