Community Groups

Community Groups at Orlando Grace Church

The New Testament calls believers to a vital connection by means of various “one another” commands, e.g., love one another, exhort one another, etc. Community Groups are the primary way we pursue that kind of genuine community that gives a context for progress in the Christian life. Groups include about 5-10 family units and meet regularly in various homes for worship, study, prayer, food, fellowship, service and outreach. Community Group content centers on recent sermons, books of the Bible, and topical studies.

We have groups that meet in all over the city (Altamonte Springs, Apopka, Oviedo, Sanford, and Winter Springs). For more information email office@orlandograce.org.
Equipping hour
During the 9:30 hour on Sunday mornings we have a wide variety of classes available. Our children participate in developmentally appropriate Sunday School classes teaching them the Scriptures applied to everyday life. For a more thorough breakdown of our nursery and children's ministries download our philosophy, policies and procedures.

At the same, time adults take part in a series of classes designed to equip them in aspects of sound doctrine, biblical theology, and knowledge of the Scripture, as well as practical areas of ministry and personal experience such as marriage and family, missions, worship, engaging with the lost, and a wide variety of other pertinent topics. For an overview of this ministry, check out the three year scope and sequence document.

Our current adult class offerings:

Resolving Everyday Conflict — Curt Heffelfinger, Kevin Deromedis, and Jason Porrata (Room F5)

Sin creates conflict. Conflict is and will be a universal experience until our Lord returns. This course will look at the root cause of conflict and the practical elements of conflict resolution, including how to deal with difficult people, when to overlook an offense, what makes a good apology, and more.

Systematic Theology 1: God and Christ —Winston Miller, Jeff Andre’, Miguel Benitez, Joseph Torres, David Mudge (Room W1)

Why do we need systematic theology when we have the Bible? Good question. Systematic theology is simply seeking to read the Bible and answer the question, "What does the whole of Scripture teach us today about (any given topic)?" In this course, we will look at some of the major topics given throughout Scripture that relate to the person and work of God and Christ, covering topics such as the attributes of God, the will of God, providence, creation, miracles, angels and demons, the atonement, and others.

Women’s Class - Seeking Rest For My Soul: A Sabbath Deeper Than A List of Do's and Don’ts  - Kelly Simpson (Room F4)

Do you feel rested and ready for whatever life has to bring? Or do you feel more akin to Bilbo Baggins when he said, "I feel thin, sort of stretched. Like butter scraped over too much bread." No matter which category you fall in, come study the purpose and beauty of rest through this course which will trace the idea of Sabbath rest throughout the entire Bible. It will explore themes such as productivity, work, recuperation, 'me-time', worship, and service and ask questions about why God designed humans to need rest. We will explore the reason for rhythms and the beauty of rest in our lives through the lens of more than a dozen passages of scripture.

Anchored Youth – Kiefer Winborn (Conference Room)

Anchored Youth will be focusing on transforming their identity by looking at the gospel. The Sunday morning equipping hour class will dive into a discussion oriented study of what it truly means to be a Christian and how the Bible calls us to live with Christ's sacrifice in mind. By understanding our desperate need for a Savior we are able examine this new identity given to us in Christ.
Anchored Youth
Mission

Our mission is to assist parents in their responsibility of leading their children in the pursuit of making Christ the sole satisfaction and passionate center of their child’s lives.

Vision

Our vision is that the world would be changed by the men and women who are involved in the youth ministry of Orlando Grace Church, who have tasted the superior riches that are available in Christ alone. We are trusting God to see colleges across the U.S. being transformed by the gospel because we helped point them to the superior pleasures of Christ. We hope to see families begun who have fathers and mothers dedicated to raising up the next generation of children who will prize Christ. We hope to see men and women who are actively serving in the body of Christ. We hope to see men and women who have given up seeking all other inferior pleasure and are living lives that demonstrate that they have found their ultimate delight and pleasure in Christ. In summary, we are trusting God to do what he promises to do in a church that is dedicated to the Glory of God above all.

Values

We value the divinely appointed responsibility of parents. We value intentional partnerships with families. We value Christ-centered curriculum. We value Christ-centered discipleship. We value the cultivation of purity in all dimensions of our studies. We value individual vocational development. We value inter-generational involvement in church life. We value local community involvement and transformation. We value evangelism and world mission’s mindedness.
Men's and Women's Ministry
We have both men's and women's ministries at Orlando Grace. The overarching reason we have these ministries is to promote deeper community by facilitating discipleship relationships. Both of these ministries have periodic gatherings, annual retreats, and other discipleship promoting activity.
Global Missions
Our God is a global God who loves all tongues, tribes, peoples, and nations. Here is a non-exhaustive list of the missionaries that we support. Note that there are numerous people in sensitive or closed locations that are not listed here:

Warren and Yukari Griffith: Mission to Japan

Warren and his wife, Yukari, seek to bring the good news of the gospel to Japan through mission trips to Japan and through homestay programs in American homes.

Joseph Mwalonya: Pan Africa Christian University

Joseph was the principal translator of the Digo New Testament,  through The Seed Company, which was published in 2007. He is currently approximately halfway through the Old Testament translation.

Jason & Tahran Olson:  Pioneers

Jason and Tahran work with a number of Pioneers’ teams throughout Central Europe (Hungary, Austria, Lithuania, Czech Republic, to name a few) in order to plant churches among the unreached peoples of this region. Most of Europe now has less than 2% of the population professing evangelical Christian faith. 

Justin & Abbey Valiquette: Acts 29 Europe, Nuova Vita

Justin and Abbey serve in Salerno, Italy as church planters. Their church meets in the historic city center. They have four children. 

Greg and Christina Willson: Acts 29 Europe Church Plant: Manchester

The Willsons live in Manchester, England and are planting a church in the neighborhood of Chorlton. They have one son.

We have numerous missionaries in closed and unreached contexts working among North Africans, nomadic peoples, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and East Asia. For security purposes we cannot list those people here.
Mercy Ministry
We believe that seeking the welfare of the city is an outworking and fruit of the Gospel. Therefore, we actively pray for and seek to winsomely engage our city. Our seeking the welfare of the city manifests in a wide variety of means from partnerships with local public schools, to caring for crisis pregnancies and providing abortion alternatives, and being a hospitable neighbor through adopting the road where we are located and other strategic opportunities.