Grow Spiritually

Grow groups help you grow deeper in your faith through specific teachings while connecting with others who want to also spiritually grow.  The emphasis is on growth. These classes last for eight to twelve weeks each semester. Check out our current grow groups and click on the button to sign up!

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Basics of the Faith  | Specific Studies | Men’s & Women’s | Freedom | Growth Track

Basics of the faith

Alpha: Basics of the Faith
Jesse & Jennifer Weeks
Sun. @ 6 PM beginning Feb 10
3600 Columbia Road

THIS GROUP IS FULL – Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith, typically run over eleven weeks. Alpha explores the big issues around faith and unpack the basics of Christianity, addressing questions such as “Who is Jesus?” and “How can we have faith?”

specific studies

Spiritual Life
Jud Jordan
Sun. @ 6 PM beginning Feb 10
3600 Columbia Road

THIS GROUP IS FULL – The most common obstacle to experiencing a personal relationship with God is simply not knowing HOW.  In this course we learn how to experience the good news of Jesus Christ, known as the Gospel, and how to build healthy spiritual practices into our lives.

Join the online group here: Facebook Group

Old Testament
Randy & Sharon Benzon
Sun. @ 6 PM beginning Feb 10
169 Hundley Road

THIS GROUP IS FULL – In this Grow Group we will learn how to read the Bible starting with Genesis, and begin the process of developing spiritual disciplines that draw you closer to the Lord.

New Testament: Matthew
John & Elizabeth Weddington
Wed. @ 6 PM beginning Feb 13
3285 Windy Lane

THIS GROUP IS FULL – This spring, we will be engaging the book of Matthew through reading, journaling, and prayer. Join us as we meet the Messiah, Israel’s long awaited Savior, and then learn how we fit into His Kingdom!

Becoming a Romans 12 Christian
Cathy Jordan
Wed. @ 6 PM beginning Feb 13
955 Riverside Drive

THIS GROUP IS FULL – This is an 11 week in-depth study on 21 verses of the Bible. We will walk through questions such as: “How do we give God what He wants most?,” “How do I get God’s best?,” “What is authentic community?,” and “How do we overcome evil?”

Tues. @ 6 PM beginning Feb 12
3600 Columbia Road

Do you REALLY want to experience God? Gathering and praying with others is where His presence is most felt and supernatural stuff happens. With that said, this group is open to everyone independent of prayer experience.

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality
Jeffrey & Christie Williams
Sun. @ 5:30 PM beginning Feb 10
3241 Pine Cove Drive

THIS GROUP IS FULL – Join us in learning how past wounds could be affecting current behavior. Discover together how to better identify baggage in your life, and invite Jesus in to heal your burdens.

Men’s & Women’s studies

Men: Wild at Heart
Robert Smith & John Arant
Sun. @ 6 PM beginning Feb 10
181 St. Julien Place

THIS GROUP IS FULL – Join us for John Eldredge’s best-selling, renowned Christian classic, Wild at Heart. This study invites men to recover their masculine heart, defined in the image of a passionate God.

Soul Sisters
Beverly Thomas
Thurs. @ 6:30 PM
955 Riverside Drive

Through this interactive, in-depth study we will be trading feelings of emptiness and depletion for the fullness of knowing who Jesus is like never before. This study is based on the book “Finding I Am” by Lysa Terkeurst. Cost is $11 per book.


Cleansing Streams
Edwin & Tammie Smoak
Wed. @ 6 PM beginning March 6
955 Riverside Drive

THIS GROUP IS FULL – The Freedom Class and Seminar is a 7-week series of classes which prepare and disciple participants to receive healing from past and present woundings through a relationship with Jesus.

Growth Track

In addition to our grow groups, we have growth track classes that you can participate in along with your grow group. Each class is between 3-6 weeks and tell you more about who we are, how you can get involved, and become a leader at Embark.

Next Steps
Sun. @ 12:15 PM
955 Riverside Drive
1st, 2nd, and 3rd Sun. of each month

If you are new to Embark, this is how you get plugged in.

Next Steps explores who we are, our desire for you, your God-given design and how you can make a difference! It consists of three steps.

Next Steps takes place the 1st-3rd Sundays of every month after church beginning at 12:15 PM. Lunch is provided.

Ministry Partners
Sun. @ 12:15 PM beginning Feb 10
3600 Columbia Road
June 16, 23, 30, & July 7

Embark does not have members, we have ministry partners.

Our Ministry Partner process is designed to help you connect with others, spiritually grow, become involved and ultimately discern if you want to “partner” with us. How do you become a ministry partner?

  1. Be a baptized believer in Jesus Christ.
  2. Complete Next Steps.
  3. Serve on a team.
  4. Complete this four part class.

Ministry partners classes are offered every other month.

Leader Step
Sun. @ 12:15 PM beginning Mar 10
3600 Columbia Road
July 21, 28, Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25

This is how we train leaders at all levels at Embark Church.

Leader Track is a course that is designed to build leaders at Embark Church by teaching how to carry Embark’s culture and represent our values. The requirements of this class are:

  1. Complete the Ministry Partner process.

These classes are offered three times a year – spring, summer, and fall.


Embark’s mission is to help people spiritually grow

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Spiritual growth does not happen in isolation.  It occurs by being exposed to in-depth teaching, seeing its life application, encountering Jesus in trusted relationships and engaging in meaningful discussion.  These actions take place in grow groups.

What is a grow group?

Grow Groups are small groups of usually 6-12 people hat meet on a sustained basis to encounter Jesus, encourage one another and educate themselves about the things of faith.  They are so important that they are the central element at Embark Church for spiritual growth.  Everything revolves around them.

Where and what do they look like?

Grow Groups operate operate on a semester system (spring, summer, fall).   They usually meet in homes, where an informal meal is available and then teaching.  The meal is important because connecting and fellowshipping with one others is essential in fostering a learning environment.  Food is the best way to do this.  Also, childcare is always provided.  

How do I get involved?

Before each semester, there is an opportunity to explore what is offered and ask questions.  The course offering and explanation is offered and there are opportunities to sign up on this webpage, at church or during our small groups launch parties.

Embark Church Welcomes You to Grow Spiritually with us! If you live in Bamberg, Bowman, Branchville, Cameron, Cope, Cordova, North, Orangeburg, Saint Matthews, Swansea, Rowesville and Swansea we invite you to come and join us!