life groups


LifeGroups meet every Sunday morning between the main worship services, from 10:00 to 11:00 AM. The LifeGroup Ministry is the primary discipleship ministry of First Baptist Powell. The chief objective of LifeGroups is to provide a setting that encourages spiritual growth and assimilation into our faith family.


The Bible reveals in Acts 2:42-47 that the early church was driven by the following purposes: ministry, discipleship, evangelism, fellowship, worship, and prayer. While LifeGroups are not “small churches within the church,” they are, to a large degree, a microcosm of the local church. Consequently, the purposes of the local church should be reflected in the LifeGroups.

The LifeGroup Ministry at First Baptist Powell accomplishes its chief objective of encouraging spiritual growth primarily through fulfilling the purposes of discipleship and fellowship.

  • Discipleship occurs largely through interactive Bible studies, yet discipleship also occurs in a more intimate setting through the Small Group structure. Providing Bible studies that are relevant for daily living and interactive is the most important element of the LifeGroups.
  • Fellowship, grounded and spurred on by the group’s commonality in Christ, is the second most important element of LifeGroups. Fellowship occurs not only through organized gatherings, but also through day-to-day living, – where members find encouragement, camaraderie, direction, and prayer support.
  • The name “LifeGroup” was specifically selected because it reflects the ministry’s core purposes of “doing life together.”
Group Day Time Ages Locations Location Topic Childcare? Status
Dusty Ownby LifeGroup Sunday 8:45-10:00am 20-40 First Baptist Powell First Baptist Powell - Room 241 Reason for God by Tim Keller Yes Open
Hawkins LifeGroup Sunday 8:45-10:00am 50-99 First Baptist Powell First Baptist Powell - Family Life Center 2 James Verse by Verse Yes Open
Joe Pope/Edwards LifeGroup Sunday 8:45-10:00am 65-99 First Baptist Powell First Baptist Powell - FLC 1 Study of the Life of Jacob Yes Open
Mark Rathjen LifeGroup Sunday 8:45-10:00am 21+ First Baptist Powell First Baptist Powell - North Wing B Discussion of the Previous Sunday's Sermon Yes Open
Sherri Johnson Women's Class Sunday 8:45-10:00am 18-99 First Baptist Powell First Baptist Powell - North Wing A Yes Open
Starkweather LifeGroup Sunday 8:45-10:00am 45-55 First Baptist Powell First Baptist Powell - Ministry House 3 Verse by Verse through Colossians Yes Open
Steven McGhee LifeGroup Sunday 8:45-10:00am 30-40 First Baptist Powell First Baptist Powell - Room 240 - Choir Room The Storm Tossed Family by Russell Moore Yes Open
Tom Latham Co-Ed LifeGroup Sunday 8:45-10:00am 50-70 First Baptist Powell First Baptist Powell - Youth Worship Center Yes Open
Singles LifeGroup Sunday 10:00-11:00am 23-35 First Baptist Powell First Baptist Powell - 233 G-Force Verse by Verse through Daniel Yes Open
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