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. Discipleship at Bama Wesley occurs through both information in Foundation Studies and transformation in our Covenant Discipleship process (Spark, Ember, and Phoenix Groups).

Foundation 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

Unlike Foundation Studies, the goal of Covenant Discipleship groups is not information, but rather transformation – that is, uncovering the image of God in which we are all made.

Spark Groups

Spark groups are our class-specific discussion groups held after The Rising (our weekly worship service) on Wednesday nights. Whether it’s your first time at Wesley or you’re a grad student who has been with us for five (or more) years, these groups are right for you! They take place on Wednesday nights for approximately 30 minutes immediately following The Rising and are led by members of Ember and Phoenix groups. 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 and are designed for students who want to go deeper than Spark Groups alone. Ember Groups consist of up to 12 students and are led by students who are members of Phoenix Groups. During their weekly meetings on Sunday nights from 6:30 to 8pm, Ember Groups ask the first Wesleyan Question, “how is it with your soul?”.

To learn more about Ember Groups, including how to join, click here.

Phoenix Groups

Phoenix Groups are the most intense form of discipleship available to students at Bama Wesley, and require the greatest degree of commitment and accountability on the part of members. In return, though, Phoenix Groups offer the greatest investment by and access to our pastors and other staff and leadership at Wesley, and provide the greatest opportunity for transformation.

Phoenix Groups consist of up to five students of the same sex and meet for approximately two hours at a time and place of the group’s choosing. Groups are led by non-students, either a member of our staff or a trusted individual from the community (typically either an alum of Bama Wesley or a pastor of a local church). During their meetings, Phoenix Groups ask all five Wesleyan Questions.

To learn more about Phoenix Groups, including how to join, click here.

Not sure which group you can join?

Here’s an overview of who can join each Covenant Discipleship group. Still not sure? Shoot us an email at administration@bamawesley.org.