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Small Groups

We greatly value spiritual community and connectedness as we seek to become fully committed disciples together. We believe that Small Groups are a key avenue to accomplishing this mission. Below are answers to questions you may have and clarifications that will hopefully enable you to decide if joining a Small Group should be the next step for you.


We believe Small Groups to be an incredibly helpful avenue for discipleship, community, and multiplication–all of which are commanded in Scripture.


Most Small Groups will meet in a home setting, hosted by a member of the group. However, we also offer options to meet at the church on Sunday mornings at 11:00 AM or Wednesday evenings at 6:45 PM. As the weeks go on, we hope for five things to be accomplished: play, story, discovery, prayer, and service. When used in the context of a Small Group, each of these principles allows us to work toward the goal of becoming fully committed disciples.


Most Small Groups will launch the week of September 5, alongside the sermon series "With." No worries if you're late to the party—groups will still be able to form and start meeting any time after that. The curriculum provided to each group will last eight weeks, but we encourage this eight weeks to be a launching pad for long-term groups.


If you are interested in joining or leading a Small Group, click the button below to let us know.
Thank you for joining our mission to make fully committed disciples!

Small Churches

Small Churches (often referred to in other churches as Sunday School Classes) are an important ingredient to the health and well-being of the adults who call NMC their home church. It is in these small churches that meaningful relationships are established and developed. Large celebration in worship is great, but caring community is found in our small churches. There is something for everyone as you choose from any of the adult small churches that meet every Sunday morning. Take a look at some of our small church opportunities that are available and get plugged in to a community today!

We are: Couples and seasoned singles, ranging from 40's to 70's and beyond.
Leadership: Wayne Klotz, Ken Miller, and Bob Burden
Time: Sundays, 9:30-10:30 AM
Room: Aux Gym
We are known… for the way our people love, pray for and care for one another as we study God's Word, sing together, fellowship and enjoy good snacks. We are a larger Small Church, but our care groups provide a way to get to know others in a small group setting.

We are: Families with older school-age children and empty nesters.
Leadership: Larry and Corinne Burckhart and Denny and Karen Mast
Time: Sundays, 9:30-10:30 AM
Room: C 282
We are known… to be a service-oriented group who has a strong commitment to praying for the needs of the group and our community. We enjoy growing closer to each other and to Christ through Biblical teaching.

We are: Young families and school-age families.
Leadership: Justin Bell, Nate Yoder, Rob Geiger, and Adam Maxwell
Time: Sundays, 9:30-10:30 AM
Room:G 250 (not meeting during summer)
We are known… as a community of married couples and young families encouraging and building each other up through Godly principles, Bible study and Christ-centered fellowship. Please note, this Small Church does not meet the fifth Sunday of every month.

We are: Multi-generational, singles and couples.
Leadership: Mike Moore
Time: Sundays, 10:45- noon
Room: Heritage Room
We are known… as a Small Church that dives into God's Word together using a year-long Bible reading plan. We grow together, go out and serve together, and learn how to effectively make and multiply disciples together.

We are: Young singles and married (ages 19-29).
Leadership: Matt and Rachel Prochno
Time: Sundays, 9:30-10:30 AM
Room: Lower Level of YMC (Separate building on the southwest corner of the NMC campus.)
We are known… for providing a relational and spiritual community for young adults at NMC. We meet each Sunday for scripture-based devotionals, discussion, and prayer, with the goal of connection and spiritual growth in Christ. Outside events and small groups are also part of this Small Church for 20-somethings looking to connect with others in the church.

We are: Couples, families and singles.
Leadership: Terry Martin and Dave Mast
Time: Sundays, 9:30-10:30 AM
Room: GH 223
We are known… as a service-oriented group with a strong commitment to praying for the group and our community. We enjoy growing closer to each other and to Christ through biblical teaching.

We are: Couples and families, ages 20's - 40's.
Leadership: Nate and Beth Smith and Troy and Karla Handrich
Time: Sundays, 9:30-10:30 AM
Room: C 283
We are known… for our commitment to our relationships with Christ, our spouses and our children. Being the typical family at times can be exhausting. This is a nurturing, fun-loving class with weekly life-application lessons, lively discussions and plentiful opportunities for fellowship.

We are: Young families and school-age families.
Leadership: Mike Lightfoot and leadership team
Time: Sundays, 9:30-10:30 AM
Room: GH 222
We are known… as a large-sized Small Church filled with busy families who want to prioritize interaction with each other, while also actively engaging in other regional and global ministries.

We are: Singles and Couples ranging from 30's to 50's
Leadership: Scott Sheets
Time: Sundays, 9:30-10:30 AM
Room: C 280
We are known… as a Small Church who dives into God's Word for the purpose of sharpening and encouraging one another with godly practical principles as we journey through life. Our care for one another is displayed through times of prayer and encouragement each week. We have a few low-key activities each year and really enjoy providing for the needs of regional missionaries. All are welcome.

We are: Empty nesters and retirees.
Leadership: Roger and Linda Hollinger, and Stan and Carol Metzler
Time: Sundays, 9:30-10:30 AM
Room: GH224
We are known… as a small group that is composed of caring and sharing individuals. It is an intimate group that spends time sharing and praying together, holding each other up to the Lord.

We are: Older school-age families.
Leadership: Tim Stichter and Greg Wyland
Time: Sundays, 9:30-10:30 AM
Room: C 281
We are known… as a group of believers striving to become a community by Living, Investing, Nurturing and Connecting with each other during our time together on Sunday morning and as we meet formally and informally at other times. Our class time includes holding each other up in prayer with lessons designed to pull us closer to our Savior.

We are: Adults of all ages, with a core group in their 50's and 60's.
Leadership: Bill Krogel
Time: Sundays, 10:45 - noon
Room: C 184
We are known… for our years of wisdom in life experiences. We are a smaller Small Church that is strong in intercessory prayer, recognizing we serve a great God for His glory. We also discuss the teaching pastor's message to get other insights on what he preached.

We are: Open to all adults from young people to those with grandchildren.
Leadership: Jim and Pat Wisler
Time: Sundays, 9:30-10:30 AM
Room: Fireside Room
We are known… as a group of caring adults who pray for one another as we study books of the Bible in order to apply Truth to everyday life. We are open to all adults from young people to those with grandchildren.

We are: Adults of all ages, with a large core group of retirees.
Leadership: Larry Long and Pastor Norm Reimer
Time: Sundays, 8:00-9:10 AM
Room: C184
We are known… as a group that shares together, studies together and fellowships together on a regular basis.

We are: Young and school-age families in their 30's and 40's.
Leadership: Shawn and Lori Persing
Time: Sundays, 9:30-10:30
Room: SM 262 (not meeting during summer)
We are known… for being a smaller sized, small church that builds community and connected relationships. We utilize live and video teaching and thrive on discussion and peer learning. Our mission is to build a fully connected, fully committed group of disciples who are known and loved by one another.

We are: Empty nesters and those who are engaged as the sandwich generation (involved in the lives of parents, children and grandchildren).
Leadership: Hal Easley and teaching team
Time: Sundays, 9:30-10:30 AM
Room: C 184
We are known… as a Small Church with weekly participation of 25-30 members. We spend time sharing joys, praises, concerns, as well as encouraging and lifting up each other in prayer. There is also an emphasis on studying God's Word and emboldening one another to Kingdom Action as well as living life together.

We are: Young Families.
Leadership:Taylor Fervida and leadership team
Time: Sundays, 9:30-10:30 AM
Room: WC 200
We are known… as families dedicated to living life together while remaining "rooted" in Christ as a body. We welcome others to walk with us as we pursue to live with faith-in-action.

We are: A multigenerational adult small church.
Leadership: Dennis and Carrie Gaul
Time: Sundays, 9:30-10:30 AM
Room: GH 226
We are known… as a smaller-sized Small Church that desires to grow together in our relationship with Jesus Christ, through the study of God's Word, prayer, and fellowship, becoming more like Christ, fixing our eyes on Jesus, and ultimately, finishing well the race marked before us (Hebrews 12:1). We endeavor to do this through teaching and studying God's Word together, knowing who we are in Christ, and living in the truth of the Good News of the Gospel.

We are: Senior adults.
Leadership: Fred Hunsberger
Time: Sundays, 9:30-10:30 AM
Room: Heritage Room
We are known… as those who have a wealth of experience to share and have a great concern for the spiritual health of the fellowship. We use a conventional Sunday School Quarterly as the basis for Scripture study.

We are: Empty nesters and early retirees.
Leadership: Leadership Team
Time: Sundays, 9:30-10:30 AM
Room: C 185
We are known… as a large-sized, Small Church with a warm and friendly atmosphere, consisting of a group of loving and caring people who pray and minister to the needs of its members. Our study involves looking at biblical truth and its application into our daily lives, causing us to grow in our Christ likeness.

We are: A cross-generational group of adults.
Leadership: Ben and Joslynn Nehls, Pastor Joe and Jeanne Focht
Time: Sundays, 9:30-10:30 AM
Room: Upper Level of YMC (Separate building on the southwest corner of the NMC campus.)
We are known… for being a medium gathering for a cross-generational group of adults who studies God's Word and pursues biblical community through intentional relationship building.

We are: Adults in their 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's+.
Leadership: Mike Martin
Time: Sundays, 9:30-10:30 AM
Room: Chapel
We are known… as a large Small church that provides solid, practical Bible teaching in the midst of a warm, supportive fellowship.

Wednesday Nights

There's something for everyone on Wednesday nights at NMC! Check out the offerings below, starting with Table Talk, our meal before programming!

5:15-6:15 PM, Aux Gym
Start off your evening right with dinner around the table with your family and friends. Suggested donation is $4 for an individual; $12 for families of 3-5; and $15 for families of 6 or more.

7:00-8:00 PM, Courtyard Commons and ZOOM, Pastor Dave Engbrecht & Pastor Don Rohrer
"Little prayer--little power, much prayer--much power" motivates us to pray. Anyone is welcome to join this group of prayer warriors. Zoom Meeting ID: 714 714 7773, Password: 407773.

7:00-8:00 PM, GH120 (Heritage Room), James and Sherri Ellis and Charlene Brown
We meet as a community of believers desiring to grow through the study of God's Word. We systematically read Scripture through the week and come together to discuss how we can apply it to our lives. Each meeting provides the opportunity to jump in even if you have not attended previously

7:00-8:00 PM, GH222, Eric Harbin
When you look in a mirror you see a reflection of yourself. The Old Testament can sometimes seem like a mirror. How often have you read a story in the Old Testament and thought it could have been written about you, or at least for you? Join us as we read and study five different stories in the Old Testament, and see how their lives can teach us about our own.

6:45-8:00 PM, C184, Phil and Jenny Ummel
Are you a foster or adoptive parent? This is the place for you. Come and be encouraged as we discuss the joys and challenges of parenting foster and adoptive children. Be filled as we set our focus on the kingdom-view calling.

7:00-8:00 PM, GH 223, Pastor Kevin Moore
If you want to take your marriage to a whole new level, Marriage Master Class is for you. In these weekly sessions. you will discover how to protect your marriage, provide for your spouse, and propel your relationship forward in every way.

6:45-8:00 PM, Upper Level YMC, Niel Diener
At Man Church, our focus is on the authority/identity we have in God. Throughout history, the devil has made it his mission to make us believe we are someone other than Heirs with Jesus in the Kingdom of God. Jesus said, "All authority in Heaven and earth has been given to Me, therefore GO..." This passes that authority on to us! We will study people in Scripture who understood that authority even in their failure. This fall, we will hear from Courtney Richards, Dr. Dennis Engbrecht, Pastor Wycliff Keter, and others studying David, Elijah, Moses, Daniel and more. What if men really understood the authority that is inside of them?

7:00-8:00 PM, Chapel, Dawn Ziegler and Jana Gunter
Join us for a time of fellowship and study. Each night consists of worship, small group time, and a video study or speaker. Oasis is a place where women can come at any point to engage in fellowship. Book or no book, we want you here! This term, we are studying Matchless by Angie Smith. Cost for the study guide is $18.


7:00-8:00 PM, Fireside Room, Pastor Jason Rohde and Fred Hunsberger
Are you dealing with any loss or grief issues? We don't want you to go through it alone. No matter what caused your grief, there is hope when we go through it together with Jesus and each other.

6:45-8:00 PM, Choir Room, Priscilla Daeger
Besides singing on Sundays, the choir practices on Wednesday nights. This group is a community where relationships are built and encouragement is found. No audition necessary. If you have any questions about being part of this worship ministry team, please contact our director, Priscilla Daeger at

7:00-8:00 PM, GH 224
Each week we gather on Wednesday Nights for a devotional thought and time of knitting.

Men's Ministry

There are many men who feel a total disconnect when it comes to church today. If given a choice, spending time at church falls a distant second to spending time with friends, family, or doing just about anything else. We are working hard to change this trend by connecting men with each other and with God.

We believe that men’s ministry must engage the men of our community by giving them an honest place to be themselves, wrestle with the struggles of life and find encouragement for their journey of faith. We currently offer several weekly opportunities for men to gather together.

Men's Prayer Breakfast

Men’s Prayer Breakfast takes place every Friday morning from 6:00 to 7:00 AM in the Fireside Room. This breakfast feeds the body and soul by providing men the chance to interact and pray with one another. We believe that great things happen when men make prayer a priority!

Man Church

ManChurch is a Men’s Ministry program that takes place on Wednesdays from 6:45 – 8:00 p.m. during the school year. The purpose is to disciple men to love God and love people. Our avenues to accomplish this are through personal and corporate bible study, prayer, surrender, and service with each other and our community. Our theme for this year is “our identity and authority in Christ.”  We recognize the disconnect in our lives when Jesus says in John 14:12-13, “He who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do.”  We will study men in scripture who understood this authority, even in their flaws.

Women's Ministry

Women’s Ministry at NMC is very active and offers many opportunities to gather, connect and encourage one another.

Coffee Break

Coffee Break, a women’s Bible Study, is a time for ladies to connect and study the Word together. Ladies share in fellowship time before the session, then congregate together for a time of worship and video teaching. For the remaining time, breakout sessions happen in smaller groups where ladies can share in a more intimate setting. Ladies meet on Tuesday mornings through the school year with a break over the holiday season. There is also a Tuesday evening session each fall that meets from September through October. To register or for more details on this year's study, please click HERE.


Oasis is a Wednesday night elective. Ladies work through a topical study and have a chance to connect with one another and share in fellowship and studying the word. This is a great place for ladies to stop in the middle of a busy week and get recharged. Join us Wednesday nights at 7:00 PM in the Chapel. Oasis begins Wednesday, September 8.

Ladies’ Prayer Group

Calling all female prayer warriors! If you have a passion for prayer, join this growing group of ladies for one hour of intentional prayer. Monday mornings, 9-10 AM, in the Grand Hall Mezzanine Prayer Room.

Revelation Fitness

Workouts designed to be a holy encounter for the body, mind and spirit!  This is a safe place for women of all ages and fitness levels to come worship and foster complete wellness! We meet throughout the school year, Wednesday nights, 7-8 PM, in the Aux Gym. Rev Fit will begin September 8.

Special Events

IF:Nappanee takes place each March and is a local video venue of the IF:Gathering. At this annual conference, women are equipped through biblical teaching to go and make disciples.

Marriage and Family

Care Ministry

There are several components that make up NMC’s comprehensive approach to caring for the hurting, wounded, and discouraged.
Our pastors are available to pray with NMC individuals and their family during any surgeries and hospital stays. We have also implemented a lay team for follow-up care after surgeries and hospital stays. There is also a weekly sheet for care concerns that can be found in the worship folder and a comprehensive list of care concerns at the Ministry Center.
Our GriefShare program is available in the fall for those who have lost family members and want a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. This program meets on Monday nights in the Fireside Room when in session. The fall session runs from August 26 to November 25. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Jason Rohde at
Our Foster Family Care Communities come alongside foster children and their families to help with the unique challenges they face. Serving a foster family is sacrificial, not always convenient, and often challenging. Click here to learn more about being the hands and feet of Jesus to this precious group.

Marriage and Family Ministry

Our goal in the area of marriage and family is to provide a variety of options, resources, and tools throughout the course of a year to help educate and motivate individuals, couples, and families.

Christ-centered and relationship-focused premarital guidance is a great way for engaged couples to prepare for marriage. During NMC’s premarital program, couples take an assessment and walk through their results with Marty Graverson, our marriage and family pastor. Through this assessment, couples have the chance to learn more about their fiancé as well as identify specific areas they should focus on during the rest of the premarital program. In addition to the assessment, couples will be paired with a mentor couple who will meet with them three to four times before the wedding as well as a few times after the wedding. This mentorship provides opportunities for an engaged couple to learn from a seasoned couple’s real-life experiences and build a relationship that can last long after the wedding date. Through this relationship, couples establish connections with those who will support, challenge, and encourage them as they grow in their marriage.
NMC’s premarital program is open to anyone but is a requirement for those being married by an NMC pastor. The cost of $75 covers assessment and materials for the couple. Register Here
We also offer a variety of crisis care options including the NMC pastors and a comprehensive list of Christian care professionals in our area.
A great resource for marriage and/or parenting enrichment can be found on Wednesday evenings in the adult programming arena. The various options for these can be found at the Ministry Center.
If you have any questions, please contact Marty Graverson in the Church Office at 574.773.7773 or