life groups

Winter 2018 Catalog

To connect with a Life Group, join them when and where they meet, contact the Facilitator directly or get in touch with Brenda Kyriakou. View a PDF copy of the catalog.


We’re so glad you’re here! As you begin your journey with us, we offer the following ways to learn more about us, to get connected more deeply at SouthNaz and to find opportunities to grow and serve.

Membership Class

Explores the history, beliefs of a Nazarene, our governance, and ethics of a Nazarene. You’ll learn about the covenant relationship, and you will have an opportunity to take the step toward becoming a member.  

Four Wednesday Evenings - On Campus, Room 200 – 7:00pm - 8:00pm

April 25, May 2, 9, and 16

Members will be received on Sunday, May 20

Baptism Class

Understand the three reasons for baptism, the meaning of baptism and the process for baptism at SouthNaz. When you join us at these Wednesday night classes, children in your family can join in Faith Factory too.  

May 6 - On Campus, Room 200 - 9:30am

Baptism Service, Sunday, May 20


J.O.Y. (Just Older Youth)

The J.O.Y. Sr. Adult Class is primarily comprised of retired adults but open to adults of all ages. The class objective is to study and share God's word utilizing the Nazarene Word Action publication utilizing PowerPoint outlines and class interaction/participation for application to our current and ever-changing world. The class goal is that individuals will value this hour as a learning experience so they can share and bless others.

Facilitator: Larry Dexter

Where: On Campus, Conference Room A

When: Sunday @ 9:30 am

Cost: Offering taken


This life group will be using Word Action Series. 

Facilitator: Doug Artin

Where: On Campus, Fellowship Hall

When: Sunday @ 9:30 am

Cost: Offering taken

New Testament Studies

This class is a Bible study of New Testament studies. In this class you will study chapter by chapter, learning and growing to be more like Jesus, while sharing life experiences.

Facilitator: Lori Fata

Where: On Campus, Room 209

When: Sunday @ 9:30 am

Cost: Offering taken

Understanding the Bible (UTB)

This Bible study will help you gain a greater understanding of the Old Testament books of the Bible. 

Facilitator: Lon Gay

Where: On Campus, Room 201

When: Sunday @ 9:30 a.m.

Cost: Offering taken

Wednesday Night Bible Study

This small group will engage in biblical studies on various subjects throughout the year. There will be interactive discussions. 

Facilitator: Pastor Brad Dyrness

Where: On Campus, Conference Room A

When: Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm

Cost: Cost of book

Women's Bible Study - Made to Crave by Lysa Terkeurst

Satisfying your deepest desire with God, not food. 

Facilitator: Melanie Sefcik

Where: On Campus, Fellowship Hall

When: Thursdays beginning January 4

Cost: Cost of book

Women's Bible Study - 12 More Women of the Bible

Women joining together to learn more about God’s word while getting to know each other and building relationships.

Facilitator: Barb Bloomer

Where: On Campus, Room 200

When: Tuesday evenings beginning March 20 - June 5 @ 6:30pm

Cost: Cost of book

Men's Bible Study Fellowship

Men's Bible Study for all Christian faiths. This group will be studying the book of Romans. Sponsored by Missionary Baptist Church. Child care provided for 1st - 6th grades.

Where: 500 Martin Luther King Blvd, Lansing, MI 48915

When: Tuesdays @ 6:55-8:40 pm

Contact: Mike Castilla

*Community Bible Study not sponsored by SouthNaz

12 Men

Once a week 12 men gather for a time of community, accountability, and learning. This group meets over a meal for no more than an hour and a half. If you are interested in a group like this, call the church office at 517-882-5775.

Facilitator: Pastor Brad and Ken McNulty

Where: Off Campus

When: Monday's @ 6:30pm

Cost: Price of your meal and book

12 Men All In

Once a week 12 men gather for a time of community, accountability, and learning. This group meets over a meal for no more than an hour and a half. If you are interested in a group like this, call the church office at 517-882-5775.

Facilitator: Lonnie Kellogg

Where: Off Campus

When: Monday's @ 6:30 pm

Cost: Price of your meal and book


Bridge Builders

Fellowship, encouragement, and sharing for those over 50, retire or nearing retirement! Open to everyone. Along with other activities, this group meets monthly for board & table games, a meal, and a great program.

Where: On Campus, Fellowship Hall

When: As announced

Cost: $5 for lunch, sign-up appreciated for accurate count for lunch. Day trips vary in cost.

Men’s Breakfast

Join us in the “Man Cave” for breakfast and fellowship! This is an informal gathering of men, boys, and all our male friends. We encourage you to come and invite other men not yet associated with SouthNaz. 

Facilitator:  Tom Surdenik and Bob Sefcik

Where: On Campus, “Man Cave” (Fellowship Hall) 

When: Second Saturday of the Month at 8:00 am

Cost: Donations taken


Wednesday Evening Prayer Gathering

Intercede for the people and needs of the church, community and the world. Learn ways to pray and join others in lifting up to God the praises and requests of our church, families and individuals. Pray aloud or silently as you follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. 

Facilitator: Michael Garza, Jr.

Where: On Campus, Room 209

When: Wednesday @ 7:00—8:15 pm

Cost: Free

Weekly Men’s Prayer Breakfast

This group meets for encouragement, prayer and breakfast. 

Facilitator: Steve Reader

Where: Off Campus, Flapjack Restaurant on S. Cedar

When: Tuesday @ 6:30 am

Cost: Cost of your breakfast


Men's Christian Grief Support Group

This group is for widowers—men whose wives have passed. It is open to any religious denomination and non-believers. We share time together over dinner and provide support to those who are grieving their loss and growing as a Christian. Following dinner, a specific grief or spiritual topic is discussed by the group. This group meets year ‘round. 

Facilitator: Larry Vert

Where: Delhi Café (4625 E. Willoughby Rd. Holt, MI 48842) 

When: Second Tuesday every month @ 5:30 pm

Cost: Price of your own meal

Grief Support Group

Learn about grief and share with others going through their grief experience. This group is appropriate for anyone who has experienced loss regardless of denomination, church affiliation, or spiritual beliefs. This group meets for six weeks. 

Facilitator: Larry Vert

Where: On Campus, 321 House

When: Resumes April 2 - May 7 @ 6:30-8:30 pm. 

Choosing a New Path (Grief Support for Women) 

This is a group for women who have lost their spouse. A place to find support, friendships, and a time to share and learn with other women who have also lost a spouse. Each participant is expected to have completed the SouthNaz Grief Support Program or a similar program elsewhere. Each session will focus on a variety of topics to aid in their journey. 

Facilitator: Jackie Heath

Where: Delhi Cafe in Holt

When: 2nd Saturday of the month @ 12:30 pm

Cost: Price of your own meal


G.P.S. "God's Plan for Singles"

GPS or God's Purpose for Singles is a ministry for single adults ages 18 through 30. While we are currently meeting weekly to study "Goliath Must Fall" by Louie Giglio, we also connect frequently for holiday celebrations, sporting events, concerts, game/movie nights, etc. Our primary focus is community with other adults in this similar stage of life.

Facilitators: Dave and Candy Burris

Where: Off Campus @ Burris' home

When: Tuesday evenings and various times as announced

Cost: Price of your book and events


CONNECTIONS FOR YOUTH (7th - 12th grade) 

Contact: Travis Myers, Pastor to Families with Youth

Phone: (517) 882-5775 [church] 

1 Timothy 4:12 says, " Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity." 

Through FUSE, our SouthNaz youth ministry, we seek Jesus and build relationships with each other as we connect in worship, fellowship, discipleship and ministry. By doing these things, we FUSE together. 


(Isaiah 40: 6-8) God renews us with his lasting Word and we exist to be in relationship with each other. Exhale is a way that we come together to deepen relationships and grow spiritually. The life groups are divided into small groups. Sunday mornings on campus at 9:30 am. Come and find out what it’s all about! 


(2 Chronicles 5:13-14) We believe that getting together regularly is essential to our faith. FUSE is a time where youth get together and worship in a casual atmosphere that bonds us together in song and message. Come as you are, who you are, and learn why you are the way you are. We get together Wednesday nights on campus at 6:30 pm. 

Teen Quizzing (Leaders: Jillian & Kirk Rennaker) 

In an atmosphere of friendly competition, get to know other teens at South and other churches, learn to study the Bible and memorize Bible verses, learn life application skills and grow in relationship with Jesus. Wednesdays on campus at 5:45 pm, Room 209

Big Comfy Couch

Everyone likes doing things without supervision. Well, here's your chance! Big Comfy Couch is youth led worship where YOU pick the music and YOU pick the message. We will provide the food, fun and great atmosphere. Meet us at SouthNaz on the second Sunday night of the month at 5:00 pm and we will provide the ride to a comfy location off campus. 

CONNECTIONS FOR CHILDREN (Infant to 6th grade) 

Contact: Gretchen Hand, Pastor to Families with Children

Phone: (517) 882-5775 [church] 

Children’s Ministries are offered On Campus and are cost free. Plugged In Children's Ministries - Sunday Morning Life Groups With an atmosphere of a small group, Sunday School classes help teach and grow your child in a deeper knowledge and understanding of the Bible and the life changing stories it has to share. 

When: Sunday @ 9:30 am


Kids will experience worship created just for them! Using media, games, music, drama, small groups and lots of energy, kids will discover the truth in the parables of Jesus. Ages 4 years to 6th grade will love all the excitement that PowerHouse has to offer! When: Sunday @ 10:30 am, Room 102

On Campus Bible Quizzing

Children‘s Bible Quizzing is a fun and competitive way to learn and memorize the Bible. Focusing each year on a specific book of the Bible, quizzing invites children to friendly competition against kids from other local churches. Ages K- 6th Grade. 

When: Wednesdays @ 5:30 p.m., Room 105 On Campus

Faith Factory

The place where kids learn to serve God and others while putting their faith to work! Using media, games, drama, kids will discover the truth in the Bible. 

When: Wednesday @ 6:30 p.m., Room 102

On Campus for ages 0-3 years Nursery and Toddler Care is available Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings (except for Bible Quizzing) during the times of the Children‘s Activities above.