Discipleship Groups

Discipleship Groups

Discipleship Groups

Build Community and Deepen Your Relationship With God

We can’t practice our faith alone – relationships are the heart of the church. Consider one of the following small group opportunities to build relationships within the community and grow as a follower of Jesus.

These groups will be led by one or two facilitators and will offer space for meaningful conversations in an environment where people are inspired to grow their spiritual lives. The groups are intentional in duration and limited to ten participants to allow for a focused conversation in which all can participate.

The groups will have a defined start and stop date and will be for 60 minutes a week. We hope that as you register you will be able to make the commitment to each of the weeks. With opening and closing prayer, the time in-between may include a topical presentation, reflection, and opportunity to share where God is showing up in daily life.

Books are suggested for some of the groups and will be available in the Cathedral Bookshop or from our new online bookshop. Groups are limited to 10 participants, so register early. Please contact Mary Lusk with questions before registering; after registering, any of your questions can then be directed to the group facilitator.

Fall 2023 Discipleship Groups


Gospel Based Discipleship

This is a small group opportunity that combines study of Scripture with reflection on our spiritual lives.  Focusing on the Gospel selection prescribed for the upcoming Sunday, we ask three questions, reading the passage each time. We meet every Friday at 12:15 p.m. via Zoom. Click the "Learn More" link below for the Zoom link and more information.


Spending Time with Scripture

Beginning Wednesday, October 4 | 11 a.m. at Saint Mark's

This group studies the Gospel reading for the coming Sunday. All are welcome to participate, from people who are new to Bible Study to people who have been studying Scripture for years. By spending time with Scripture together, we hope to be able to hear it speak to us more clearly and powerfully. While the Rev. Kent Rahm is the co-ordinator of this group, every participant is welcome to lead/facilitate a session as well.


The Gospel of Luke (Series)

Beginning Thursday, October 5 | 7 p.m. on Zoom

This fall, the entire Episcopal diocese has been invited to focus on the Gospel of Luke. The Gospel is part of a two-volume work, including the book of Acts, describing the life and ministry of Jesus and the early years of the church. Luke is an elegant and sophisticated writer and a consummate storyteller. In fact, Luke loves nothing so much as a good story. In addition to the stories about Jesus there are stories from Jesus—his parables. Some of the most beloved parables of Jesus are only found in Luke. Luke is also known for his strong female characters and for his attention to the marginal—the peasants, the poor, and the outcast. The cathedral will offer its own introduction to and study of the Gospel. This 5-week series will last about 60 minutes each week and will be facilitated by the Rev. Jay Phelan.


Epsicopal 101 (Series)

Beginning Monday, October 9 | 6:30 p.m. on Zoom 

This 4-week series is designed for people who are ready to learn more about the Episcopal church, or about Saint Mark’s, or would like a refresher! A fifth session is offered in person on Saturday, Nov. 4 and includes an instructed Eucharist, as well as opportunity to meet various ministry leaders. The Rev. Bryan Bliss is facilitator for this series.


Way of Love (Series)

Beginning Tuesday, October 10 | 6:30 p.m. on Zoom

Do you wonder how to follow Jesus in a world in need of hope? The Way of Love invites us to learn practical disciplines that remind us of God’s Love for us and the invitation to share this Love with others. This small group is a great way to learn the steps to deepen your faith journey as well as get to know fellow Saint Markans. The 6-week series will be Tuesdays, October 10-November 14 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Zoom. Group leaders are Joan Olson and Lois Satterberg.


The Round Table (Series)

Beginning Wednesday, October 18 | 6 p.m. 

This year, the focus will be on Micah 6:8, “what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God?” The fall series discussion will be on the scriptural foundation of Micah’s words. Each of the three evenings begins with fellowship, followed by a simple meal, a brief presentation and then discussion ‘round the table with same table group each week. The evening closes with Compline. The whole church family is invited to participate, and the entire church family is also invited to share your “talents” – setting the table, doing the dishes, or pouring the beverages – this is a community evening!

For questions about Discipleship Groups at Saint Mark's, contact Mary Lusk.