Learning communities are intended to strengthen your biblical knowledge, character and/or practical ministry skills. They are also an opportunity to get to know others at Bay Area on Sunday mornings in an environment of learning and interaction. Scroll down to view our current Learning Community opportunities. For more information, contact Pat.


A message from Pat Linnell on Learning Communities —

If you are like me, Jesus is not just the way we start a Sunday morning, but the way that we start every day – and live every day. He is the Author, Creator, and Sustainer of life. He is alive and well, seated in power, and involved in our everyday lives. He is all together helpful and has served us exceedingly well. The closer we live connected with Jesus, the closer our lives are aligned with our purpose and filled with joy. We get to know and walk with this Jesus, and that friends, is a gift.

One of the primary ways we get to know Jesus better is to know the Bible better. The Bible is not just an old crusty religious book of rules. Rather it is God’s inspired Word about Jesus that guides us to true and eternal life. Sure, it is a thick book that seems daunting, but it is for everyone, and we all can have an accurate grasp on its message. I believe that time spent learning and applying the bible in a community of people trying to do the same ultimately will lead to spiritual growth.

This year on Sunday mornings, in smaller groups of people, we will be offering many different Learning Communities to help us learn, apply, and live out the Bible. These courses will make up 3 main emphasis of learning: Head, Heart, and Hands. These different tracks help us not only develop theologically, but also in our character, and practical life. 

UPCOMING & CURRENT learning communities


• ROMANS (August 6, 20-27, September 3, 24)

9:30 AM in Dock B (right side) This eight-week learning community led by Executive Pastor Ed Kelley is broken down into sections so you can join any of them and miss one or two and not be affected. Each week will be self-contained focusing only on two chapters of the great book of Romans. The topic lines will include salvation, predestination, sexuality, “gray” areas, Israel’s salvation, dealing with perpetual sin in one’s life, politics and a whole lot more.


11:20 AM in Dock A (left side) In this six-week study, the Bay Area Marriage Ministry team will facilitate a discussion of Andy Stanley's iMarriage materials to help us to learn to transform our expectations and look to God to help us experience marriage as it was designed.


7 PM in Dock B (right side) From movies and television to print media and the internet, men are constantly faced with the assault of sensual images. It is impossible to avoid such temptations, but thankfully not impossible to confront them and gain victory over them! Join the men of The Line as we tackle “Every Man’s Battle.”

- PRIMAL: A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity (september 17 - November 5)

9:20 AM in Dock A (left side) In "Primal: A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity," author Mark Batterson challenges and encourages us to rediscover Christianity in its simplest, most radical form, by exploring what it means for us as individuals and within our culture to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, and mind. Join us for this 6-week men's study as we discuss ways to live out our faith and impact the world through a sanctified imagination, renewed mind, and reinvigorated soul. 


SUNDAYS AT 9:20 AM OR 11:20 AM in Dock B (right side), WEDNESDAYS AT 7 PM in Dock A (left side) How do you relate to your money? Does it tend to be your servant or your master? Ultimately, is it really your money at all? Do you seek more peace and freedom that come from managing your finances according to Biblical principles? This fall we will offer a six-week class to provide you with practical tools to help you become a better manager of your personal and family finances in the areas of planning, earning, spending, debt, saving and giving.


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