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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.


August 2020 Intensives


AUGUST 30 | 5:00 TO 6:30 PM | ONLINE

In the midst of a culture that seems to be more divided than ever, Paul paints a beautifully compelling picture of how the gospel unites diverse people as they follow Jesus together. Please join us for a Growth Intensive seminar with Dr. Steve Lacey, a gifted Bible teacher and member of VRBC. Registrants will receive the Zoom link as well as suggestions for how to prepare for this timely and important conversation. To register, complete the form below.


Parenting Online Learners

Sunday | August 23 | 3:00 pm | Online

Many of our VRBC families are kicking off the school year with virtual learning, and parents and caregivers are stepping into new roles–many while navigating the additional challenge of working from home. We know this is a challenge, and VRBC’s Family Ministry wants to support you and help equip you for success. Our church body has some fantastic educators with experience and training in online education who can help resource you as parents. If you missed the seminar or would like a recap of the discussion, click here for a summary.


May 2020 Intensive 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: His life and formation – led by John LaNoue

Join us for a look at the life and major works of this German pastor and theologian who was a key member of the resistance against the Nazis before and during their reign of terror.  We will be specifically addressing the questions: How was he able to see so clearly when almost everyone else in Germany was losing their mind and soul to Adolf Hitler? How was he formed spiritually and what can we learn from him as we walk with Christ?

Click below to listen to part 1 and part 2 of our Growth Intensive audio, and click here to view the support documents.



January 2020 Growth Intensives:

INTRO TO ROMANS: Led by Larry Parsley


CULTURAL INTELLIGENCE: Led by Carolyn Porterfield


GOD IN MOVIES: Led by Don Harton


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