Small Groups at Grace



Once a local church body grows beyond even a couple of dozen members, its leadership must make an effort to “shepherd the flock of God that is among you” (1 Peter 5:2). The Christian life is to be lived in the context of accountability, love, and meaningful relationship with others, not just showing up to hear sermons. Small groups provide a tool for the members of Grace Bible Church to obey the command of Hebrews 10:24–25 to “consider how to stir one another to love and good works…encouraging one another.” Small groups function as the personal heartbeat of the church in four ways:

1. Shepherding

An unhealthy church is one in which one or two men try to shepherd everyone. A thriving church body, however, has locally-discipled men and their wives who shepherd small groups, providing fellowship, teaching, example, counsel, and friendship.

2. Service

A small group is an arena in which all the members of the group can use their spiritual gifts. From leading the group to organizing fellowship to serving one another in practical ways, all spiritually healthy members of Christ’s Body can serve one another in this context.

3. Support

Members of a small group support and care for one another in two ways: they “rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15) and they “love one another with brotherly affection” (Romans 12:10).

4. Sharing

A small group is an ideal venue to invite the unsaved. Jesus said, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). The gospel can be proclaimed in an informal setting in the context of showing practical kindness and love for the lost.


Announced Small Groups - Fall 2017

Our groups meet throughout the month at various locations and are oriented towards various stages of life (anyone is welcome in any of these groups). Please join this time of encouragement and Bible study application.

Young Married Group (Married less than 6-yrs)

  • Nate Karrer and Jim Zervis at the Zervis Residence (West Bakersfield)
  • One Sunday per month 1pm beginning Oct 1st.
  • Practical lessons on married life based upon the application of God’s Word.
  • Lunch served.

North Kern Study

  • Mark Harriger, Ben Jones, David Dahl and the Dahl Residence East of Delano
  • Fridays 6:30pm twice a month beginning Sept 29th
  • Sermon-based study to re-emphasize the Sunday morning message

Bakersfield South Study #1

  • Charles Clayton, Darrel Krause, David Thomas at the Clayton Residence
  • Fridays twice a month at 6:30pm beginning Oct 13th
  • Sermon-based study to re-emphasize the Sunday morning message

Bakersfield South Study #2

  • Joe Divelbiss and Chad Brey at the Brey Residence
  • Tuesdays at 6:30pm beginning Oct 3rd
  • Sermon-based study to re-emphasize the Sunday morning message
  • Some childcare may be available

Mid-West Bakersfield Study

  • Bart Bussell and Mark DeVries at the DeVries Residence
  • Every Tuesday at 7:00pm beginning Sept 26th
  • Sermon-based study to re-emphasize the Sunday morning message

Bible Training Institute Study

  • Tim Powell and Jason Helliwell at the Helliwell Residence (Mid-West Bakersfield)
  • (Call for required Gate-code entry)
  • Every other Monday 7:00pm beginning Sept 25th
  • Practical Theology study to coincide with Bible Training Institute
  • Some childcare may be provided

West Bakersfield Study

  • Steve Swartz at the Swartz Residence
  • Every other Friday 7:00pm beginning Sept 29th
  • Study on Prayer
  • Some childcare may be available

North Bakersfield Study

  • Don Hodel and (looking for co-leader) at the Hodel Residence
  • Thursdays 6:30pm beginning Oct12th
  • “Behold Our God” Rethinking God Biblically
  • Video with workbook

Iron Men Study

  • Steve Swartz at Church, Room 160
  • Every other Wednesday 6:00am beginning Sept 27th
  • Topical study of issues to grow men into godly leaders
  • Coffee provided!

Gentle Women Morning Study

  • Cathy Olewiler at Church, Room 160
  • Every other Wednesday 9:30am beginning Sept 27th
  • “True Women 201 – Interior Design” by Nancy DeMoss and Mary Kassian
  • Workbooks available at bookstore
  • Childcare available

Gentle Women Evening Study

  • Cathy Bloxham at Krause Residence
  • Every other Monday 6:30pm beginning Sept 25th
  • “True Women 201 – Interior Design” by Nancy DeMoss and Mary Kassian
  • Workbooks available at bookstore
  • No childcare

Resolved Group

  • Darren Wiebe and Nick Garcia at the Garcia Residence
  • Every Thursday evening at 7:00pm
  • College and new-career ages
  • For more details please see our Resolved ministry page

For more information about small groups, including locations and leaders, please contact Grant Olewiler (granto@gbcob.org).