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Growth Intensives

What are Growth Intensives?

Six times a year, we offer Growth Intensives as a supplement to the Grow Group experience.  Growth Intensives are an opportunity for short-term, intensive engagement with a topic that will help people grow to become more like Jesus. They are focused on a wide variety of engaging subjects and are designed for people at all stages of their spiritual journey.

Some intensives meet on Sunday mornings between Grow Group semesters, while others may meet on a weeknight or weekend during a Grow Group semester. Most intensives are one-time events, although some may include opportunities for follow-up conversations. Many involve a bit of advance reading to help the participants be as prepared as possible for the conversation.


January 2020 Intensives:

Sunday, January 12th, 11:00am-1:30pm

  • An Introduction to Romans  – led by Senior Pastor, Larry Parsley
This Spring, our entire church will be studying the book of Romans together in our services and in our Grow Groups. This intensive is a great way to prepare for this journey! Pastor Larry will give us insight into the culture, theology, and main ideas of the book of Romans and prepare us to get the most out of the upcoming messages and lessons. This intensive is great for any VRBC’er, and Grow Group leaders should especially consider attending!

Sunday, January 19th, 11:00am-12:15pm

  • Cultural Intelligence – led by Carolyn Porterfield 

    You probably know about IQ and emotional intelligence, but how about cultural intelligence?  In our culturally diverse community, we want to learn how to effectively work with and relate to people from different cultural backgrounds.  This Growth Intensive will center on developing and strengthening cultural competence and intercultural skills.  

Sunday, January 19th, 5:00-7:00pm

  • God in Movies – led by Don Harton 

Moving Pictures, the Movies, Film – this art form has become both expression of culture and maker of culture.  Our Growth Intensive on God in Movies will explore some of the ways that movies intersect with our God and His Kingdom.  Do filmmakers ‘use’ God?  Does God use the arts for His purposes?  How can disciples of Jesus engage culture thru the movies to be ‘in the world’ – but not of it?  


Register for a January 2020 Intensive:


August 18th (11:00am) Growth Intensives:

HEARING GOD: Learning to Listen, led by Dr. Deirdre LaNoue


COLOSSIANS 3:1-17: A Vision for a Transforming Life, led by Don Harton