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.


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SMART StepFamily Marriage

October 28 - December 16, 11:20 a.m. in Dock B. When stepfamily life gets tough, remaining dedicated to your commitment is a day-to-day decision. Discover how to communicate effectively and solve the puzzles of stepfamily relationships. Learn fundamental steps to blended family success and discover practical, realistic solutions to the issues you face as a stepfamily. Cost is $10 per book (recommend two books per couple), to be purchased at first group.

Marriage Enrichment: IMAGO Safe Conversations

January 13-27, 11:20 a.m. in Dock B. Imago - the term Imago is Latin for “image," and refers to the “unconscious image of familiar love.” Simply put, there is often a connection between the frustrations experienced in adult relationships and early childhood experiences. For example, if you frequently felt criticized as a child, you will likely be sensitive to any criticism from your spouse. This Learning Community will help spouses discover a proven method to communicate in a safe and loving way through three simple practices: learning a new way to talk and listen, eliminating negativity, and deepening connection.


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. The closer we live connected with Jesus, the closer our lives are aligned with our purpose and filled with joy.

One of the primary ways we get to know Jesus better is to know the Bible better. The Bible is not just an old religious book of rules. Rather it is God’s inspired Word about Jesus that guides us to true and eternal life. 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.

That's why, on Sunday mornings, in smaller groups of people, we offer many different Learning Communities to help us learn, apply and live out the Bible. These courses make up three main emphasis of learning: Head, Heart and Hands.

- Pat Linnell, Teaching Pastor