Small Groups

As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.

Proverbs 27:17

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Small groups help people grow in their faith and build community. Our groups take place throughout the week in different neighborhoods, so use this form to find a group that's right for you. We'd love to have you join us!


Men & Women Specific Groups.

All Women's Small Groups - Click on icon

These groups are specifically for the Women of Woodland. Find your group today to join!

Men's Group Leader: John Chambliss 

Meeting Time: Tuesdays 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Rm 228

Who we are: The Wild Men are a group of men that encourage one another to become better fathers, husbands and Christian leaders. We have a relaxed dinner and discussion about everyday events in our lives as well as the world around us. We sing praise by guitar and then get into our study (usually a DVD study) followed by open discussion about the content. Most importantly we pray over our marriages, our families and our lives.

MEN'S Group Leader: Bryan Lingle 

Meeting Time: Sundays 8:30am - 9:30am
Location: Rm 121

Who we are: Men desiring to grow closer to the Lord and build authentic relationships, through study of God’s word, accountability and fellowship. Our group ranges from men in their 20's to their 60's. We help one another by sharing from various levels of life experience.

Men's Group Leader: Adam Steele 

Meeting Time: Wednesdays 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Room 122

Who we are: Kingdom Men are a group of men that are committed to studying God's Word and applying it to our daily lives. We are faithful in prayer and support one another through the spiritual challenges of our every day lives. Our group ranges from men in their 20's to their 60's. We help one another by sharing from various levels of life experience. We carry a motto with us "We Laugh, We Care, We Share".

Senior Community Groups.

SENIOR Group Leader: Larry Weisenberger

Meeting Time: Sundays 8:00am - 9:00am
Location: Room 120
 
Who we are: We are a very relaxed group that are very open and friendly and invite everyone to come and join us. When it comes to the Word of God, we are a very serious about our studies and hold firm in our belief that The Bible is infallible. We study verse by verse and do not deviate from that approach.We would love for you to bring your Bibles as we read together, study and discuss. We have a time of prayer as well where we like to share prayer requests with one another.

Senior Group Leader: Charles Williams

Meeting Time: Sundays 10:30am - 11:30am
Location: Room 121

Who we are: We are a group of senior adults that love getting into The Word of God. Our group has a bond of love that every member loves to share in. We always look  forward to meeting everyone that either visits or joins our group. Our group name is "Agape" and we live by John 13:34-35 where we are taught to love one another.  We are dedicated to Bible Study and prayer each week. We are informal and encourage everyone who attends to take part in questions, discussion and prayer. We are guided by a biblically-based study by LifeWay resources.

Senior Group Leader: Pete & Anneda Clarke 

Meeting Time: Sundays 10:30am - 12:00pm
Location: Room 228 Currently this is a Zoom Meeting group. Contact Bryan@gowoodland to join this group. 


Who we are: We are a relaxed yet purposeful, multi-generational group (45+). Our group has a strong culture of love, appreciation and respect for one another. We invite members to meet for brunch after church on occasions, attend outside functions (plays, musical performances, Christian workshops / conferences). We endeavor to learn God's Truths and to put them into practice. Our group is a learning environment where we embrace participation, encourage growth and provide opportunities to support the ministries of the church along with community outreach opportunities. Our group lasts about one hour and within that time we cover a session of the study we are currently going through. We normally agree upon a Bible book study or a DVD study and commit to a 6-12 week examination and discussion.

Group Leader: Dale & Roberta Hill (S.A.L.T.) 

Meeting Time: Sundays 10:30am - 12:00pm
Location: Student Lounge Currently this is a Zoom Meeting group! Contact bryan@gowoodland.com to join group!

Who we are: Our Group consists of men and women (55+) who gather weekly to encourage, challenge, and care for one another for the purpose of becoming fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. We utilize various approved study materials and seek to know God more intimately in the study of His word and through prayer.  We encourage group interaction in sharing life and strive to know each other more and more deeply- sharing our hearts and lives, praying for one another, asking questions, and bearing each other's burdens.

Mixed Adult Community Groups.

Group Leader: Your Group Here! 

Meeting Time: TBD
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Contact Bryan Lingle if you would like to start a Small Group study! Email: Bryan@gowoodland.com

Group Leader: Joe Szurek 

Meeting Time: Sundays 10:30am - 11:30am
Location: Room 234 Currently a Zoom group

Who we are: A mixed age group of adults and our typical morning consists of a short fellowship time followed by sharing of prayer requests, prayer, and study time. Our studies focus on living a committed Christian life and vary between video-based  and print-based studies on a portion of scripture or a book by a Christian author. Some recent studies have included Galatians, the Parables of Jesus, Respectable Sins (Bridges), Thriving in Babylon (Osborne) and the book of Leviticus. Our study is informal in nature and everyone is encouraged (but not required) to participate.

Group Leader: John Chambliss and Brian Smith 

Meeting Time: Sundays 9:00am - 10:30am
Location: Room 232

Who we are: A relaxed, friendly and diverse group of believers at various stages of life.Our class time is about 50% sharing and praying and 50% bible study. We alternate between a video series and a non-video Bible lesson. We all enjoy coffee and a snack before class starts and catching up with one another. Anyone looking for a friendly and relaxed time of fellowship and study stop by room 232 on Sunday mornings at 9 am. 

Group Leaders: Ron & Melanie Richards 

Meeting Time: Tuesdays 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Richards Residence

Who we are: A mixed, fun and friendly group that are at all different seasons in their lives. We study a variety of subjects using various methods to enhance our walk with Christ. 

EMPTY NESTER's
Group Leader: Ernie & Pam McFarland 

Meeting Time: Wednesdays 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Location: Room 232

Who we are: We are a group of believers that meet on Wednesday evenings on campus at Woodland. We come together to study scripture, share each other's needs and pray for one another.
Our studies are sometimes topical but always biblically-based. We are community-driven and work towards meeting the needs of those around us through ministry. We take time to pray for one another and to praise God for all He has blessed us with. We always ask Him to lead us in how we can serve others. 

Married People
Group Leaders: John & Rochelle Ward 

Meeting Time: For exact meeting time and dates, CLICK HERE
Location: Room 210

Who we are: At Woodland, we understand the importance of a healthy marriage. We want to give married couples practical tools to help them in their everyday lives. From Small group Bible Studies, Daily Devo’s and Date nights.Our meetings are laid back and casual, focused on building our marriages.  We will have a variety of topical Bible Studies along with practical application. 

Parents Groups.

parents of Teens Community Group
Group Leader: Jeff & Lisa Bua

Meeting Time: Monday 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Bua Residence (Bradenton)

Who we are: We are a very relaxed, diverse group with members having young children, empty-nesters and others with grandchidren!


Parents of Special Needs Children
Group Leader: Lynne Ryskamp and Bryan Lingle

Meeting Time: Wednesdays 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Location: Room 202

Who we are: We are parents that have been blessed to be called by God to Shepherd children with special needs. If you are a parent or guardian of a special needs children please come join us for study and community! We support each other mentally and spiritually! 

Parents of Elementary
Group Leader: Dustin and Aimee Dangalan 

Meeting Time: Sunday Evenings 5pm-6:30pm
Location: Room 228

Who we are: We are a group of parents with young children involved in the Awana program on Sunday evenings here at Woodland. We are Followers of Christ looking to grow in our faith and understanding of how to parent and train up our children in a way that honors and glorifies the Lord. We get into the Word together as well as work through video and books studies that help us learn how to become better parents. We support one another and provide encouragement but most of all we listen to each other's cares and keep each other in prayer. 

Parents of Elementary Community Group
Group Leader: Troy & Kera Mattes

Meeting Time: Wednesdays 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Room 230
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Who we are: We are a group of believers that meet on Wednesday evenings on campus at Woodland. We come together to study scripture, share each other's needs and pray for one another.
Our studies are sometimes topical but always biblically-based. We are community-driven and work towards meeting the needs of those around us through ministry. We take time to pray for one another and to praise. 

Spanish Speaking Groups

GROUP LEADERS: FERNANDO OLVERA 

Meeting Time: Sundays 10:00am - 11:00am
Location: Room 223

Who we are: We are a very relaxed group of Spanish speaking believers that enjoy coming together and getting into The Word of God. Our group emphasizes prayer and love for one another. If someone joins our group, we guarantee they will feel welcome. We are always praying for each other and caring for each other's needs.
We follow a Bible Study that take us through scripture on a quarterly basis. In addition to our studies we have coffee and snacks available during our group time. Our members are from various contries including Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Colombia and Chile'.


GROUP LEADER: NELSON ALVAREZ (SPANISH) 

Meeting Time: Wednesdays 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: Room 223   Currently this is a Zoom Meeting group. Contact Bryan@gowoodland to join this group! 

Who we are: We are a multi-cultural group. Many of our members are from various countries in Latin America. Every Wednesday evening we meet on campus at Woodland. Our group time includes time for worship, our service and our prayer time. We are like a small church within Woodland. 


Looking for a simple way to meet new people and get deeper into God's Word? Get Connected is just the thing. Our group meets from 10:15am to 10:45am for a short time of study, fellowship and prayer. Beginning at 9:45 am, stop into our ROC gymnasium for some coffee and light breakfast.

Group Leader: Tom Calvert
Sunday Mornings | 10:15 am