Growing in Christ - Learn & Grow

Growing in Christ as Adults

Growth in Christ does not stop, nor should it slow down, as we transition into mature adults. Indeed, our Christian faith, witness, and service should continue to grow and become more and more a part of who we are as brothers and sisters in Christ. We have several opportunities for adults to grow in their relationship with the Lord and with each other which will help them live out their calling as followers of Jesus.  Just click through the items below to learn more!

You can also find more resources below which will aid you in growing in your relationship with the Lord.  We hope that you will find them useful each and every day!

Life can get busy and often it can be hard to squeeze in time for a traditional Bible study.  However, using the YouVersion Bible App (available on all smart devices), you can be a part of our Bible study where ever you are!  You can also be a part of the study on your home computer by going to  Access the study plan early as you start your day and be a part of the discussion any time you have a spare moment.  It is a great way to remain focused on the Lord throughout the day! 

Be a part of our current Interactive Bible Study by clicking here.

Throughout the history of the church, small groups have played a vital role. From the time of Christ to today, these values have changed countless lives and helped the church to grow and reach thousands while at the same time give the closeness of a well knitted community. This gives the church the ability to grow larger and smaller at the same time!

The Driftless Regional Ministry churches offer small groups that you can be a part of.  Choose one that is right for you!  Look over the list below and then feel free to click on the related church to reach out to us and inquire how you can grow with us.  You can also check out our community calendar for the next meeting of the small group you have in mind and reach out to the contact person listed.

Faith UMC
• Women of Faith - Helps the church support a variety of local and global ministries throughout the year.

New Hope & Retreat UMC
• "Flood Gates" Small Group - Focusing on the 8 Flood Gates that our congregation must open up to unleash God's limitless power in order to make a true and lasting impact on our communities.  Currently meeting Sundays after 8 a.m. worship in January and February.  Study guides/questions will appear below as the study progresses.

Flood Gate #1 - Coachability
Flood Gate #2 - Breakthrough Prayer Initiative
♦  ♦  Breakthrough Prayer Initiative Implementation Guide
♦  ♦  Examples of Breakthrough Prayer Initiative Cards
♦  ♦  Breakthrough Prayer Initiative Videos
Flood Gate #3 - Logjam Release
♦  ♦  Primary Leadership Components Assessment
Flood Gate #4 - Making a Case for Change
Flood Gate #5 - Conflux Moments
Flood Gate #6 - Ubiquitous Discipleship
♦  ♦  All-Church Ministry Review Process
♦  ♦  Ministry Review Form Example
Flood Gate #7 - The Missiactional Church
Flood Gate #8 - Stratagem for Storms

Retreat UMC
• Crafters Group - Meets several times throughout the year for days of Christ-centered crafting outreach to the surrounding community and beyond.

Westby UMC
• Growing In Faith Study Group - This group meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 6:00-7:00 PM to discuss topics which will help us grow in our faith and strengthen our relationship with God, so that He can be glorified. Please see the event calendar for information about the current study material.

"Lectio Divina" is Latin for "divine reading" and is a way of reading the Scriptures that is different than your usual Bible study.  During a Lectio Divina session, participants read the Scriptures while gradually letting go of their own agenda and opening themselves up to what God wants to say to them.  The Westby United Methodist Church offers this study on Wednesday evenings during the Lenten season every year. For more information on Lectio Divina, please email us at

Lay Servants Ministries courses teach people how to serve the local church and their communities in a way in which their witness, leadership and service inspires people around them into a deeper commitment to Christ and more effective discipleship. This includes but is not limited to the interpretation of scriptures, doctrine, organization, and ministries of the church.  To find a lay servant ministry course available across Wisconsin, please check out the Wisconsin United Methodist Conference website.