Small Groups

At Zionsville UMC, we believe in the power of small groups. These groups read and study together, serve together, and uphold one another in prayer. There are ongoing groups that have been meeting for years as well as newly formed groups that have only recently joined together. There are groups of people covering all different ages and stages of life.

All groups have a host(s) who help organize the group and facilitate conversation. Groups meet in people’s homes, at church, around the city, or at restaurants.  They may have specific demographics, such as seniors, couples, young adults, empty nesters, etc.  Although most groups are open to all. 

We intentionally start new LIFT Groups at the beginning of each new sermon series but you can join a group at any time of the year.

New Classes for the Winter/Spring of 2019.

The small group ministry has a potential lineup of small groups and classes for January & February:

  1. The Peacemaking Church. Don & Sharon Thompson will offer a study focused on conflict resolution and creating safe places for dialogue. The plan is to offer it on Sunday nights beginning January 13th from 6:00-7:30pm.

  2. Animate. Pastor Dave will offer the Animate study also on Sunday nights. The study will begin on January 13th and go through March. The nice part about Animate is that anyone can jump in at any time.

  3. Animate: Faith. A video-based study featuring various Christian leaders, exploring different topics of faith (God, Religion, Jesus, Cross, Salvation, Bible, Church). For young adults, led by David Williamson, meets every other Wednesday from 6-7pm starting March 13th. Childcare available.

  4. Financial Peace University. A 9-week video-based study featuring teaching from Dave Ramsey, focusing on helping you eliminate debt, begin building wealth, and leave money stress behind. Led by Amy Connelly and Christina Mackrill, meets on Monday nights from 7:00-8:30pm starting March 4th. Childcare available. Costs $100 for course materials, scholarships available. For more information, or to register for the class, please visit

  5. The Way Forward. Starting in February, we will offer a 3-week class covering some of the issues of same-sex inclusion that the General Conference will tackle at the end of the month. The course is offered Wednesday nights of February 13, 20, and 27 at 6:30pm in the chapel.

  6. Making Sense of the Bible. A video-based study featuring teaching from Adam Hamilton (Pastor of Church of the Resurrection), exploring how different Christians understand and interpret scripture (and how this affects our approach to several hot-button issues of our day!). Led by Jim Hutton, meets on Tuesday nights from 7:00-8:30pm. Just started, so join on in!

  7. Christian. A video-based Bible study featuring teaching from Andy Stanley (Pastor of NorthPoint Church), exploring the characteristics Jesus used to define those who follow him. Led by Joe & Heather Hilbert, meets every other Tuesday evening from 6-7:30pm starting on March 12th. Childcare available.

  8. Reid Walker will start a new Sunday School class at the 9:30 hour. The course format and subject is TBD.