Have a look at our Spring 2022 Connect Groups below to learn more about the kinds of opportunities available at Lakes Area Vineyard.

Spring 2022 Connect Group registration is closed.
Our next registration period will open Fall 2022.

AT LAKES AREA VINEYARD CHURCH, WE ARE A COMMUNITY OF DISCIPLES WHO MAKE DISCIPLES. OUR DESIRE IS TO SEE PEOPLE EXPERIENCE GOD, GROW IN LOVE, AND THEN GIVE IT AWAY. WE CONSISTENTLY SEE THE MOST GROWTH AND LIFE CHANGE IN THE CONTEXT OF OUR CONNECT GROUPS. THIS IS BECAUSE DISCIPLES GROW BEST IN THE CONTEXT OF CHRIST-CENTERED RELATIONSHIPS. IT'S IN THESE RELATIONSHIPS THAT WE LEARN HOW TO LOVE GOD AND OTHERS MORE.

SMALL GROUPS

Small Groups meet for the semester (about 12 weeks).
Small Groups gather around a study topic, curriculum,
or a special interest/activity.

LIFE GROUPS

Life Groups meet for 1 year.
Life Groups are just like Small Groups but with a longer commitment.

CLASSES

Classes are usually one- or two-session trainings or workshops.

SMALL GROUPS SPRING 2022 

LA MOMS

CYNTHIA SKODA & 
TERRY LANE
*Childcare Available*

When: 1st & 3rd Wednesdays | 9-11am
Start Date: 
February 2
Where:
Lakes Area Vineyard Church

*This is a women's group*

Moms are invited to Lakes Area Moms! Friendship, fun, care, and prayer! Plus great childcare will be provided! This year's theme will be "connections" based on Jeremiah 29:11.

INTRO TO MARRIAGE MENTORING

TODD & KATHY JOHNSTON
*No childcare provided*

When: Mondays
6:30-8pm
Start Date: 
January 31
Where: 
Detroit Lakes

* This group is for married couples*

In this small group, we will introduce the marriage mentoring program using materials from Dare to Be Different. This experience will give a taste of what the complete Marriage Mentoring program is like. We will learn techniques to foster oneness and intimacy while exploring topics such as communication, faith & values, and finances. This group does not offer counseling but provides encouragement and support to couples.

WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE

SALLY STIELE
*No childcare provided*

When: Tuesdays
6:30-8:30pm
Start Date: 
February 1
Where: 
Detroit Lakes

*This group is open to both men and women*

If you want to know more of the purpose and power that comes with understanding that you are who He says you are, then this group is for you! We dig deeper into our identity in Christ as we study Ephesians chapter One verse by verse. We will employ an innovative way to discover and believe that we can do what He says we can do (power), and we can be what He wants us to be (purpose). You are who He says you are!

BIBLICAL CITIZENSHIP IN MODERN AMERICA

BILL & KENDRA MOHN
*No childcare provided*

When: Mondays
6:30-8:30pm
Start Date: 
February 7
Where: 
Frazee

*This group is open to both men and women*

Using material offered by Patriot Academy, this group will examine the quick-start guide to the longest-standing Constitution in history, complete with an overview of all the Articles and Amendments. We will learn how the founders relied on their Christian moorings and Biblical worldview to secure the blessings of liberty for themselves and our posterity. We will also be treated to encouraging historical facts and inspirational true stories that are not taught in our educational institutions today. All in all, we will be edified and equipped to operationalize our faith and practice Biblical Citizenship in Modern America!

10 MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES MEN FACE

ADAM NEUERURG &
JEFF DAVIS
*No childcare provided*
Group Fee: $60.00

When: Thursdays
6-7:45am
Start Date: 
February 3
Where: 
Lakes Area Vineyard Church 

*This is a men’s group*

No man fails on purpose. Quite the opposite. When our feet hit the floor every morning, we’re looking for a win. It’s increasingly difficult to juggle all the responsibilities as men, husbands, fathers, friends, workers, churchmen, and citizens. At times it feels almost impossible to live out a biblical model of manhood. In this group we'll tackle & address the 10 issues that matter most to men; Identity, Life Balance, Spiritual Growth, Marriage, Children, Friendships, Work, Lust, Culture & Sharing Your Faith.


A light breakfast & coffee will be provided. There is weekly homework & reading (about an hour) to do outside of the small group each week and is a vital part of the process. Breakfast and all materials included in cost.

KEEP YOUR
LOVE ON

LAURA LOBO
*No childcare provided*

When: Fridays
6:30-8:30pm
Start Date: February 4
Where: 
Lakes Area Vineyard Church

*This group is open to both men and women*

In his book Keep Your Love On, author Danny Silk helps each of us to discover our God-given power to draw healthy boundaries, communicate in love, and ultimately protect our connections so we can love against all odds. As a result, our relationships will be radically transformed for eternity. This group is open to couples, singles, people who are experiencing turmoil, or people who are stable and well adjusted. It's great for anyone and everyone!

WITH US IN THE WILDERNESS

ALYSSA JOHNSTON
*No childcare provided*

When: Tuesdays
8-9:30pm
Start Date: 
February 1
Where:
Detroit Lakes

*This is a women’s group*

In this small group we will study the Old Testament book of Numbers guided by Lauren Chandler’s book With Us in the Wilderness. Numbers is a story of wilderness wandering, but it’s also a story of God’s presence among His beloved. We will see how even when His people rebelled, God’s love and promises remained. It’s in that love and those promises the children of Israel found their identity,  and where we must find ours today.

BIBLE, NOT POLITICS

JEFF OLSON
*No childcare provided*

When: Mondays
6-8pm
Start Date: January 31
Where: 
Detroit Lakes

*This is a men’s group*

Join us as we journey through the New Testament book of Acts every Monday at El Loro Mexican Restaurant. We will share a meal and time fellowship, followed by an hour examining a chapter of Acts. There’s a lot going on in today’s world to be sure and this will be a time to leave all of that at the door and focus solely on God’s Word.

HEALING TIME

DAWN LUNDE
*No childcare provided*

When: Every other Tuesday | 6-8:30pm
Start Date:
February 8
Where:
Frazee

*This is a women’s group*

This group combines the opportunity for prayer with a safe space to vent feelings and sort out emotions that we just can’t deal with on our own. This group is a place to meet new friends of all ages as we study God's Word together and pray for each other. We will be using the book Life’s Healing Choices.

WHEN STRIVINGS CEASE

BRITTANY EASTON
*No childcare provided*

When: Tuesdays
7-8:30pm
Start Date:
February 8
Where: 
Detroit Lakes

*This is a women’s group*

Join us weekly for tea and meaningful connection while working through the book When Strivings Cease by Ruth Chou Simons. The material will invite us to rethink our preoccupation with approval and the striving that comes because we feel like we’re forever missing the mark. It offers a deeper, abiding understanding of what God’s generous, unmerited favor really accomplishes in and through us when we receive the gift of grace. This is an invitation to find freedom from anxious striving and fuel for living loved and transformed.

TRUE SPIRITUALITY

TREY JOHNSTON
*No childcare provided*

When: Sundays
6-9pm
Start Date: February 6
Where:
Detroit Lakes

*This is a men’s group*

In this men's bible study we will do a deep dive on Romans chapter 12 following the True Spirituality study by Chip Ingram. Our gatherings will consist of times of fellowship, study, and prayer.

DEFINING MOMENTS

CLARYCE IVERSON
*No childcare provided*

When: Wednesdays
6:30pm-8:30pm
Start Date:
February 2
Where: 
Detroit Lakes

*This group is open to both men and women*

In this small group, we will have the opportunity to explore how defining moments and God encounters reveal the Lord’s desire to work in our lives to fulfill his purpose. We will use the book Defining Moments by Bill Johnson. The stories in this collection of God-encounters carry a prophetic anointing for all who have ears to hear. The book highlights the significant traits and contributions of many well-known revival leaders, including John Wesley, Charles Finney, Dwight L. Moody, Maria Woodworth-Etter, Carrie Judd Montgomery, Smith Wigglesworth, John G. Lake, Evan Roberts, Rees Howells, Aimee Semple McPherson, Kathryn Kuhlman, Randy Clark, and Heidi Baker. We will learn the impact these leaders can have on us today as we respond to the life-changing truths revealed through their life stories.

1 CORINTHIANS: MEN'S BIBLE STUDY

DARRELL WESTRUM
*No childcare provided*

When: Thursdays
9am-12pm
Start Date: February 3
Where: 
Lakes Area
Vineyard Church

*This is a men’s group*

In this men's bible study we will explore the book of 1 Corinthians using famed author N. T. Wright’s study guide. The material is designed especially with everyday readers in mind, and uses the popular inductive method combined with Wright's thoughtful insights to bring contemporary application of Scripture to life.

THE GOOD LIFE

NATE & BRITTON RAMSEY
*No childcare provided*

When: Mondays
6:30-8pm
Start Date: February 28
Where:
Detroit Lakes

*This group is for married couples*
 
Everyone wants to be happy. We spend our money, time, and energy chasing our version of the good life. And on the way, we run ourselves into physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion. But what if the happiness we’re all striving for isn’t the happiness we were created for?
 
True happiness comes from a heart directed toward the kingdom of God and satisfaction in Jesus the King. This 8-session small-group study over the Beatitudes demonstrates how Jesus taught us to search for, find, and hold on to the good life.

CLASSES SPRING 2022 

IDENTIFY & DEVELOP YOUR SPIRITUAL GIFTS

JANICE ORNQUIST & TERREL DAVISON
*No childcare provided*
Course fee: $35.00

When: Three Sundays
February 27, March 27, April 10 | 3:30-6pm
Where: Lakes Area Vineyard Church

*This group is open to both men and women*

The Bible describes the church as a body with many gifted members! Discover the potential God has placed in you for strategic involvement. This class will use Christian Schwarz’s 3 Colors of Your Gifts to identify and develop your unique God-given gifts. Determine what you need to become more effective and obtain practical steps to utilize your gifts. $35.00 registration fee includes all materials, an online assessment, personal coaching, and meals.

ALPHA

JENNY LESSMAN/ JOE & MARY SWENSON
*No childcare provided*

When: Tuesdays
6-8:15pm
Start Date: February 1
Where: Detroit Lakes

*This group is open to both men and women*

Alpha is an extended, 12-session class hosted at a local restaurant that explores the basics of the Christian faith. It helps answer life’s big questions such as, “What is my purpose?” “Why does God allow suffering?” “Is the Bible relevant today?” “Why does God allow evil to exist?” “Why and how do I pray?” “Who is the Holy Spirit?” “Does God heal today?” and many more. Every session includes a free meal, video, and discussion. This course is for anyone – no matter where you are on your faith journey but is particularly focused on those that are new to faith or questioning faith.

If you are that someone or if you would like to participate and invite someone in your life such as a friend or family member that might be wrestling with these questions, Alpha is for you! Space is limited so make sure to sign yourself and your friend/family member up separately so we can accommodate you well! 

WORLDVIEW: EXCERPT FROM JOHN WIMBER'S SIGNS & WONDERS CONFERENCE

ONLINE COURSE

When: On-demand
Start Date: Available beginning January 31
Where: Online

*This group is open to both men and women*

Learn how our Western worldview shapes how we engage with Scripture and the supernatural ministry of the Holy Spirit. Recorded live in Anaheim, California in the 1980s, this two-part study on Worldview is taken from “Signs & Wonders” – the in-depth course taught by former Vineyard pastor and National Director John Wimber. The conference is based on the class that Wimber taught at Fuller Theological Seminary (MC510) which remains John’s most in-demand teaching series to this day.

CLASH OF THE KINGDOMS

ONLINE COURSE

When: On-demand
Start Date: 
Available beginning January 31
Where: 
Online

*This group is open to both men and women*

Learn about spiritual warfare! This online class created by the Duluth Vineyard will give a biblical foundation for dealing with demons and demonic activity. The in-depth material will look at how Jesus dealt with the demonic and teach how we are to deal with the influence of demons today.

WILD AT HEART BASIC

OFFSITE RETREAT

*No childcare provided*
Event fee: $200.00
When: March 10-14, 2022
Where: McGregor, MN

GIVE IT AWAY: KINDNESS EXPLOSION

*No childcare provided, but children are welcome*

When: Friday May 13 | 6-8:30pm
Saturday May14th | 8:30am-1:30pm
Where: Lakes Area Vineyard Church


*This is a men's event*

A man needs a deeper understanding of his masculine heart—and why God made him just like that. What if those deep desires in our hearts are telling us the truth, revealing to us the lives we were meant to live? A man must know he is powerful; he must know he has what it takes. The way we handle the heart is everything. Basic is not a retreat about the “seven things a man ought to do to be a nicer guy.” It is a four-day quest into the recovery of a man’s masculine soul, the release of a man’s heart—his passions and his true nature—all given him by God.

*This group is open to men, women, and accompanied children*

Often, people need to see the gospel before they are ready to hear the gospel. One of the best (and most fun!) ways to let people see the gospel is to show them God's love with no strings attached through intentional acts of kindness. Whether you are naturally outgoing or an introvert, love sharing your faith or have never tried, kindness outreach has something for all types and everyone gets to play! In addition to being a lot of fun, kindness outreach will give you practical tools for sharing your faith in your everyday life, and is a great way to get the entire family involved in outreach!


God’s life is a lot like velcro. We are joined with him when we experience his kindness. We become carriers of his life. This isn’t a call to more human efforts to be kind — it is the living presence of God that comes through those who say, “Here I am. Use me!”

LIFE GROUPS SPRING 2022

THE BREAKFAST CLUB

JOHN HUTCHINSON
*No childcare provided*

When: Thursdays
6:30-8am
Start Date: 
September 30
Where: 
Detroit Lakes

*This is a men’s group*
This life group is a gathering place for men to connect, share a meal, and wrestle with whatever spiritual issues we may be facing in our day-to-day. No issue of faith is off the table as we challenge and encourage each other as “iron sharpens iron.”

STUDY OF PROVERBS & GAME NIGHT ON THE FARM

ADAM & CHELSEA NEUERBURG
*No childcare provided*

When: Every other
Tuesday | 6-9pm
Start Date: 
September 28
Where: 
Detroit Lakes

*This group is open to men and women*
Join us every other week from September 28th through March 29, with the month of December off, we'll start each night with a themed potluck dinner, play a group board game together & end the night with a study of Proverbs. We'll meet at our little hobby farm near Detroit Lakes. This group is for adults only. 

AROUND THE WORLD

KEVIN &  JANNA BALLARD
*No childcare provided*

When: Mondays
6-8pm
Start Date: 
September 27
Where: 
Pelican Rapids

*This group is open to men and women*
We will rotate the host address. Potluck supper, each week a different theme (example: Mexican, Chinese, Italian, American, Cuban, etc). We will finish the night with a discussion about current situations in our lives and what the Bible has for guidance relating to that situation.

EXPLORING SPIRITUAL GIFTS

ZOOMIN' THROUGH
THE WEEK

RETREADS - RETIRED MEN'S FELLOWSHIP

DOUG & CHRISTIE KRASLEY
*No childcare provided, 
but children are welcome*

When: 2nd & 4th
Tuesdays | 7-9pm
Start Date: 
October 12
Where: 
Detroit Lakes

*This group is open to men and women*

Each of us are gifted, and this Life Group will dive into discovering the unique spiritual gifts God has given you. Our time together every 2nd and 4th Tuesday will include worship, prayer, and fellowship. The material will best serve ages 12 and up.

JOHN HUTCHINSON
*No childcare provided*

When: Tuesdays
7-8am
Start Date: 
September 28
Where: 
Online via Zoom

*This is a men's group*

When gathering together was discouraged during the pandemic, the idea came to move forward regardless with a fellowship using modern-day technology. Enter Zoom meetings!
 
There can be specific subjects we cover (example: could be conversations regarding a specific Book in the Bible- or a teaching book the host has presented) current relevant topics that we as believers in Christ together face on a daily basis.
Like a person-to-person meeting, you can learn about each other as well; plus, our particular group also includes a text group where we can keep each other informed in regards to prayer requests, observations, revelations etc., all through the week.

BO HUNTLEY
*No childcare provided*

When: Every other
Thursday | 9am-11am
Start Date: 
October 7
Where: 
Detroit Lakes

*This is a men's group*

This is a social group for retired (or nearly retired) men. We meet every other Thursday for breakfast, laughs, and swapping stories. Join us!

LAKES AREA GRANDMAS

*No childcare provided*

When: Mondays
8:30-10:30am
Start Date: September 27
Where: 
Detroit Lakes

*This is a women's group*

We are a group of ladies at or near retirement agewho gather weekly for a time of fellowship, study,encouragement, and prayer.