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Growth Groups

Growth Groups are small groups meeting in homes or church for Bible study and connecting with others

What are Growth Groups?

Growth Groups is the name of the small group ministry of Calvary Baptist Church, Bradenton, FL. Each group meeting together to study God’s Word is called Growth Group. In Growth Groups each person will have an opportunity to grow in their knowledge of God’s Word, grow closer to Christ, grow in connection with others as a part of Calvary’s family, and serve God through servant evangelism.  


Ministry will flow through our Growth Groups as each group will provide announcements to keep everyone updated on current ministry at Calvary. Each group will schedule a time for fun to have a night of activity to enjoy one another and make even more connections with others. Additionally, each group will schedule a time of servant evangelism/missions to reach out and minister to the local community. This is decided by the group and involves one another’s interest and giftedness.  


You may notice, this catalog is for Spring 2021. Growth Groups are semester based, and groups will last for 12 weeks.


Groups will begin the week of February 8, 2021 and continue for 12 weeks with the last group meeting, Sunday, May 2, 2021. 


Use this catalog and share it with others to invite them to sign up and become involved with you. Growth Groups are often a place for unbelievers to attend and feel more comfortable in a smaller environment with someone they know. Invite someone to join with you today!


Sign up by completing the form below, or in the foyer of the sanctuary on Sunday mornings, or email [email protected] providing your name, phone number, email address, and which group you want to join.  


Once you are signed up for a Growth Group, the group leader will contact you prior to the first meeting. The leader will review any information you need to know such as study guide, registering for RightNow Media, etc. This initial contact will also give you a chance to ask any questions you may have concerning your new Growth Group and Bible study.


Growth Groups for Spring Semester 2021

Group Leader: Lois and Maynard Hughes

Topic/Type of Group: Pastor Chuck’s Wednesday Night Online Bible Study

This group watches online Bible study video with discussion following.

Location: Maynard and Lois Hughes home

Meeting Time: Wednesday, 6:00 pm


Group Leader: Bob Moore

Topic/Type of Group: Worship, Music and Song

Studying the book “Sing!” by Keith and Kristyn Getty. This study “encourages us to realize that singing is an important part of spiritual life.”

Location: Bob and Nancy Moore’s home

Meeting Time: Tuesday, 6:30 pm 


Group Leader: Marge Snodgrass

Topic/Type of Group: For single/widowed senior adult women

This group will use the book, “Hope for an Aching Heart” by Margaret Nyman

Location: Church

Meeting Time: Tuesday, 2:00 pm


Group Leader:  Pastor Mark and Christine Watkins

Topic/Type of Group: This will be a family small group for parents, grandparents, children and youth. The entire family will learn from God’s Word together. Music videos, hands on activities, and Bible verse memorization will help keep the kids and parents engaged and involved in learning together as a family.

Location: Pastor Chuck and Megan Carter’s home

Meeting Time: Monday, 6:00 pm


Group Leader: Jacobe Lavalle

Topic: Youth and Young Adult - middle and high school, college and career

This group will study two RightNow Media studies: 1) “Unfiltered Jesus” with Drew Karschner, and 2) “Shaken” with Tim Tebow

Location:  Ashley Garber’s home

Meeting Time: Wednesday, 6:00 pm


Group Leader: David Racke

Topic:  This study will be taught in Spanish, and this group will be studying the Book of Ephesians.

Location: David and Heidi Racke’s home

Meeting Time: Wednesday, 7:30 pm


Group Leader: Pastor Fernando Lozada

Topic: This study will be taught in Spanish, and this group will be studying the Book of Ephesians.

Location: Church Gym

Meeting Time: Friday, 7:30 pm


Group Leader: Gene and Betsy Fuzy

Topic: Romans Part 1

This group will watch a RightNow Media video series on the Book of Romans with Tommy Nelson, followed by group discussion.  

Location: Dan and Bev Able’s home

Meeting Time: Wednesday, 6:00 pm


Group Leader: Pastor Chuck Carter

Topic: Judges

Pastor Chuck will read from the Book of Judges followed by group discussion. 

Location: Church library

Meeting Time: Sunday, 6:00 pm

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