About Discipleship at Bama Wesley

At Bama Wesley, we believe Discipleship is the process through which we grow deeper in our faith, both individually and through small groups.


Foundations Studies

These three week studies take place on Monday nights from 7-8 pm and are designed to help students learn more about all kinds of things like Christianity, the Bible, being United Methodist or other similar topics. These groups can be a variety of formats ranging from a typical Bible or book study to a contextual study (think something like One Tree Hill  or something else from pop culture linked to scripture).


Covenant Discipleship Process


Spark Groups

Spark groups are our class (and gender for freshmen) specific after service discussion groups. Whether it’s your first time at Wesley or you’re a grad student, these groups are right for you! They take place on Wednesday nights from 9-9:30 and involve a max of 12 students with 2 ember group members as leaders. Our goal is to build relationships within your class as well as discuss the sermon from the evening.

Ember Groups

Ember groups are the next step in the discipleship process at Wesley. In order to be in an Ember group, students need to have completed Flight Paths (more info on that here) and be in their second year on campus. These groups are co-ed and have a max of 8 students with 2 leaders. Students in these groups answer one question each week, “How is it with your soul?”. These groups take place on Sunday nights and are led by Phoenix group members.

Phoenix Groups

Phoenix Groups are Bama Wesley’s intensive discipleship groups that we often refer to as “P90X for the Soul”. Phoenix Groups are gender-specific groups restricted to students entering their junior or senior year (and grad students) that meet for a semester at a time, and are led by one of our Executive Staff or an adult from the community. Phoenix Groups include 3-5 students that meet weekly, and during each meeting students are asked hard questions (like “how is it with your soul?” and “how have you sinned this week?”) that we believe help students to grow in their faith and become more like who God dreams them to be.

Membership in Phoenix Groups requires an application and interview, and students are required to re-apply each semester. Students who are interested in joining a Phoenix Group should complete the self-assessment available by clicking here. If you have questions about participating in a Phoenix Group, please speak with one of our pastors.

Discipleship Team