A great way to get connected at Merge and make new friends is through our weekly small groups. We are excited to create new small groups every semester, that way the stuff we discuss is as different and diverse as the group of students is. Since each one is so unique to the specific groups, we can’t really predict what we’ll be talking about in the future. But if you want a rough estimate of what our groups look like, here’s a few highlights:
Questions to All Your Answers: Dive deep into the vastness of Christianity’s theological spectrum! Each week we examined a specific theological perspective and explored it from all angles. Providing a place to ask difficult questions, doubt and wrestle with your beliefs, and reexamine what you believe, “Questions to All Your Answers” assisted students in deepening their knowledge about life and faith, as well as strengthened their relationship with God. We meet Mondays at 7 PM.
The Last Lecture: What will you impart on the world? How will you be remembered? Randy Pauch, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, discovered he had pancreatic cancer amidst his teaching career. While professors typically give a final lecture that reviews class content and how it can relate to other courses, with his actual Last Lecture Pauch aims to teach us how to live. This book study met on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM, and challenged how we can purposefully live to impact others and ourselves.
Freshman Small Group: Are you a freshman? Do you want to feel more connected to Merge? Freshman small group provides an opportunity for freshmen who are experiencing the harsh transition between highschool and college, to come together in community and talk about the things they are experiencing. This group is fun, topical, and a support system during your first year of college! They met Tuesdays at 7 PM.
Red Letter Christianity: In Red Letter Christianity, we looked in depth at the question “What if Jesus really meant what he said?” We explored various teachings and stories from the life and ministry of Jesus and discussed what the Historical/Biblical context was at that time, what we believe Jesus was saying in those moments, and how we can live that out in our world today. This group met Thursdays at 6:30 PM.
Messy Spirituality: Do you feel like you aren’t a good Christian? Do you feel like your life is a mess, full of fear and anxiety? In this small group we read through Pastor Mike Yaconelli’s book “Messy Spirituality,” in which he talks about his “messy” life and how being the “perfect Christian” may look different from what you think. This group utilized a Facebook group to conduct all their discussions online.