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Small Churches

Small Churches (often referred to in other churches as Sunday School Classes) are an important ingredient to the health and well-being of the adults who call NMC their home church. It is in these small churches that meaningful relationships are established and developed. Large celebration in worship is great, but caring community is found in our small churches. There is something for everyone as you choose from any of the adult small churches that meet every Sunday morning. Take a look at some of our small church opportunities that are available and get plugged in to a community today!

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We are: Couples and seasoned singles, ranging from 40's to 70's and beyond.
Leadership: Wayne Klotz, Ken Miller, and Bob Burden
Time: Sundays, 9:30-10:30 AM
Room: Aux Gym
We are known… for the way our people love, pray for and care for one another as we study God's Word, sing together, fellowship and enjoy good snacks. We are a larger Small Church, but our care groups provide a way to get to know others in a small group setting.

We are: Families with older school-age children and empty nesters.
Leadership: Larry and Corinne Burckhart and Denny and Karen Mast
Time: Sundays, 9:30-10:30 AM
Room: C 282
We are known… to be a service-oriented group who has a strong commitment to praying for the needs of the group and our community. We enjoy growing closer to each other and to Christ through Biblical teaching.

We are: Young families and school-age families.
Leadership: Justin Bell, Nate Yoder, Rob Geiger, and Adam Maxwell
Time: Sundays, 9:30-10:30 AM
Room: C 184
We are known… as a community of married couples and young families encouraging and building each other up through Godly principles, Bible study and Christ-centered fellowship. Please note, this Small Church does not meet the fifth Sunday of every month.

We are: Multi-generational, singles and couples.
Leadership: Mike Moore
Time: Sundays, 10:45- noon
Room: Heritage Room
We are known… as a Small Church that dives into God's Word together using a year-long Bible reading plan. We grow together, go out and serve together, and learn how to effectively make and multiply disciples together.

We are: Young singles and married (ages 19-29).
Leadership: Sean and Grace Linhart, Matt and Rachel Prochno
Time: Sundays, 9:30-10:30 AM
Room: Lower Level of YMC
We are known… for providing a relational and spiritual community for young adults at NMC. We meet each Sunday for scripture-based devotionals, discussion, and prayer, with the goal of connection and spiritual growth in Christ. Outside events and small groups are also part of this Small Church for 20-somethings looking to connect with others in the church.

We are: Couples, families and singles.
Leadership: Terry Martin and Dave Mast
Time: Sundays, 9:30-10:30 AM
Room: GH 223
We are known… as a service-oriented group with a strong commitment to praying for the group and our community. We enjoy growing closer to each other and to Christ through biblical teaching.

We are: Couples and families, ages 20's - 40's.
Leadership: Nate and Beth Smith and Troy and Karla Handrich
Time: Sundays, 9:30-10:30 AM
Room: C 283
We are known… for our commitment to our relationships with Christ, our spouses and our children. Being the typical family at times can be exhausting. This is a nurturing, fun-loving class with weekly life-application lessons, lively discussions and plentiful opportunities for fellowship.

We are: Couples, families and singles.
Leadership: Jay Wenger
Time: Sundays, 9:30-10:30 AM
Room: C 180-181
We are known… as a small, close knit group with a family feel that is known to spend an entire class session ministering to each other's needs, praying for each other or digging deeply into scripture and applying it to our daily lives. Small and close knit does not mean "closed;" it means "caring." We enjoy serving outside the church as well, with efforts that impact our community and world as God enables.

We are: Young families and school-age families.
Leadership: Mike Lightfoot, with a leadership team
Time: Sundays, 9:30-10:30 AM
Room: GH 222
We are known… as a large-sized Small Church filled with busy families who want to prioritize interaction with each other, while also actively engaging in other regional and global ministries.

We are: Singles and Couples ranging from 30's to 50's
Leadership: Scott Sheets
Time: Sundays, 9:30-10:30 AM
Room: C 280
We are known… as a Small Church who dives into God's Word for the purpose of sharpening and encouraging one another with godly practical principles as we journey through life. Our care for one another is displayed through times of prayer and encouragement each week. We have a few low-key activities each year and really enjoy providing for the needs of regional missionaries. All are welcome.

We are: Empty nesters and retirees.
Leadership: Roger and Linda Hollinger, and Stan and Carol Metzler
Time: Sundays, 9:30-10:30 AM
Room: GH 224-225
We are known… as a small group that is composed of caring and sharing individuals. It is an intimate group that spends time sharing and praying together, holding each other up to the Lord.

We are: Older school-age families.
Leadership: Tim Stichter and Greg Wyland
Time: Sundays, 9:30-10:30 AM
Room: C 281
We are known… as a group of believers striving to become a community by Living, Investing, Nurturing and Connecting with each other during our time together on Sunday morning and as we meet formally and informally at other times. Our class time includes holding each other up in prayer with lessons designed to pull us closer to our Savior.

We are: Adults of all ages, with a core group in their 50's and 60's.
Leadership: Bill Krogel
Time: Sundays, 10:45 - noon
Room: C 184
We are known… for our years of wisdom in life experiences. We are a smaller Small Church that is strong in intercessory prayer, recognizing we serve a great God for His glory. We also discuss the teaching pastor's message to get other insights on what he preached.

We are: Open to all adults from young people to those with grandchildren.
Leadership: Jim and Pat Wisler
Time: Sundays, 9:30-10:30 AM
Room: Fireside Room
We are known… as a group of caring adults who pray for one another as we study books of the Bible in order to apply Truth to everyday life. We are open to all adults from young people to those with grandchildren.

We are: Adults of all ages, with a large core group of retirees.
Leadership: Larry Long and Pastor Norm Reimer
Time: Sundays, 8:00-9:10 AM
Room: C 184
We are known… as a group that shares together, studies together and fellowships together on a regular basis.

We are: Widowed women of all ages.
Leadership: Taceile Rumfelt
Time: Sundays, 9:30-10:30 AM
Room: C 182
We are known… for being a close knit group of widowed women who study biblical truths together, encourage one another and address specific issues.

We are: Young and school-age families in their 30's and 40's.
Leadership: Shawn and Lori Persing
Time: Sundays, 10:45 - noon
Room: GH 226
We are known… for being a smaller sized, small church that builds community and connected relationships. We utilize live and video teaching and thrive on discussion and peer learning. Our mission is to build a fully connected, fully committed group of disciples who are known and loved by one another.

We are: Empty nesters and those who are engaged as the sandwich generation (involved in the lives or parents, children and grandchildren).
Leadership: Hal Easley and teaching team
Time: Sundays, 9:30-10:30 AM
Room: C 184
We are known… as a Small Church with weekly participation of 25-30 members. We spend time sharing joys, praises, concerns, as well as encouraging and lifting up each other in prayer. There is also an emphasis on studying God's Word and emboldening one another to Kingdom Action as well as living life together.

We are: Young couples in their 20's and 30's.
Leadership: Clint Watts, with a leadership team
Time: Sundays, 9:30-10:30 AM
Room: WC 200
We are known… for a relaxed, welcoming community growing together in relationship deeply rooted in Him.

We are: A multigenerational adult small church.
Leadership: Dennis and Carrie Gaul
Time: Sundays, 9:30-10:30 AM
Room: GH 226
We are known… as a smaller-sized Small Church that desires to grow together in our relationship with Jesus Christ, through the study of God's Word, prayer, and fellowship, becoming more like Christ, fixing our eyes on Jesus, and ultimately, finishing well the race marked before us (Hebrews 12:1). We endeavor to do this through teaching and studying God's Word together, knowing who we are in Christ, and living in the truth of the Good News of the Gospel.

We are: Senior adults.
Leadership: Fred Hunsberger
Time: Sundays, 9:30-10:30 AM
Room: GH 120 (Heritage Room)
We are known… as those who have a wealth of experience to share and have a great concern for the spiritual health of the fellowship. We use a conventional Sunday School Quarterly as the basis for Scripture study.

We are: Empty nesters and early retirees.
Leadership: Randy Yoder
Time: Sundays, 9:30-10:30 AM
Room: C 185
We are known… as a large-sized, Small Church with a warm and friendly atmosphere, consisting of a group of loving and caring people who pray and minister to the needs of its members. Our study involves looking at biblical truth and its application into our daily lives, causing us to grow in our Christ likeness.

We are: A cross-generational group of adults.
Leadership: Ben and Joslynn Nehls, Pastor Joe and Jeanne Focht
Time: Sundays, 9:30-10:30 AM
Room: Upstairs in the YMC (separate building on the southwest corner of the NMC campus)
We are known… for being a medium gathering for a cross-generational group of adults who studies God's Word and pursues biblical community through intentional relationship building.

We are: Adults in their 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's+.
Leadership: Mike Martin
Time: Sundays, 9:30-10:30 AM
Room: Chapel
We are known… as a large Small church that provides solid, practical Bible teaching in the midst of a warm, supportive fellowship.

Wednesday Nights

If you have any questions about adult electives or class locations, please stop by the Ministry Center in the Grand Hall.

Start off your evening right with dinner around the table with your family and friends. Join us for Table Talk from 5:15-6:15 PM. Dinner is served every week in the Aux Gym. Suggested donation is $4 for 1-2 people; $12 for families of up to five; and $15 for families of 6 or more.

GH 223
It's hard enough to train kids to behave, but good behavior isn't what Jesus calls for in the Bible. He wants hearts and souls that are shaped in vibrant faith and love toward God and others. How can parents cultivate this in their children? In her book, Spiritual Parenting , Dr. Michelle Anthony shares practical examples and biblical insight on the spiritual role of parenting. The book introduces the simple but revolutionary concept that parents are, by the power of God's Spirit, to obey and depend on God in order to create an environment God can use to beckon their children to Him. With Pastor Ben Avery.

Heritage Room (GH 120)
We meet as a community of believers desiring to grow and study God's Word. Together we will read and engage in discussion of Scripture and prayer with the goal of growth and life change. We will take the year to go through the New Testament, and each meeting provides the opportunity to jump in even if you have not attended previously! With James and Sherri Ellis and Charlene Brown.

C 184
In this class, we will continue in Revelation 13 and dive into the Scriptures about the coming world leader who has 33 titles in the Old Testament and 13 in the New Testament. Plus, we will take a careful look at "Mystery Babylon" and why all roads lead back to that ancient place. Join us as we study and learn about these concepts in the book of Revelation. With Jerry Hunt.

This elective will be taught by Dr. Kent Eby, a professor at Bethel University. Dr. Eby came to Bethel after serving with World Partners for over a dozen years at St. Petersburg Christian University in St. Petersburg, Russia. Dr. Eby oversees the Intercultural Studies program at Bethel University and has spent much of his time studying other cultures, religions, and international ministry.

In this series, we will explore religions that are practiced throughout the world. Not only will you gain knowledge about other belief systems, but understand how the truth of Christ compares and is worthy of your confidence and commitment over all others.

Latter Day Saints/Mormon (March 11) - The LDS (Mormon) church is working very hard to present itself as a Christian denomination. We will look at basic tenets of their beliefs to see how the LDS church differs significantly from mainline and evangelical Christian beliefs.
Jehovah's Witness (March 18) - The Jehovah's Witness movement remains active in Northern Indiana with Kingdom Halls located throughout the area. We will look into the historical development of Jehovah's Witness beliefs and practices.
Wicca (March 25) - Wicca is a religious system that quietly permeates communities and is drawing more and more people in its practices and beliefs. We will briefly look at various Wiccan beliefs and practices which influence their view of reality and the world.
Humanism-Atheism (April 1) - While not technically a religion, we will look at Humanism-Atheism and its influences in our beliefs and our culture.

C 180
Find godly help and healing for the hurt of separation and divorce. This class lasts up to 13 weeks. Join Greg and Julie Baumgartner and a teaching team in C 180-181 from 6:45-8 PM.

Upper Level YMC
Meeting together in small groups, we desire to experience characteristics of Jesus by seeing the heart of other brothers living out their faith and spurring one another on to lives that are fully committed to the cause of Jesus Christ. Our theme for this year is "words matter". We will look at words like "abide," "works," "send," "trust," and "fear". We will discover the biblical definition of each word by how it's used in context. Come join this community of men committed to growth in Christ. Join Niel Diener at the Heritage Pavilion (or in the YMC Upper Level if it's raining) from 7-8 PM.

GH 224-225
Each week we gather for a devotional thought and a time of knitting. This group is led by Jean Hornish in GH 224-225 from 7-8 PM.

Join other women from NMC for worship, small group time, and a video study or speaker. This group is led by Dorie Clickovich and Dawn Ziegler in the Chapel from 7-8 PM.

We will pray specifically for the needs of our church, its people, and its partners. Pray is a guided prayer meeting where you can practice your prayer style, whether it's leading out in prayer or quietly following. This group is led by Kent Wenger in the Prayer Room (Grand Hall Mezzanine) from 7-8 PM.

Aux Gym
Jesus and fitness! These workouts are designed to be holy encounters that work out our faith too. A safe place for women to worship and foster better physical health. Join Michelle Engbrecht and Naomi Troyer in the Aux Gym from 7-8 PM.

Choir Room
Besides singing on Sundays, the choir practices and presents a musical experience. This group is a true community where encouragement and accountability are found. No audition necessary. If you have any questions, please contact our choir director, Tonya Cline at Join the choir in the Choir Room from 6:45-8 PM.

Men's Ministry

There are many men who feel a total disconnect when it comes to church today. If given a choice, spending time at church falls a distant second to spending time with friends, family, or doing just about anything else. We are working hard to change this trend by connecting men with each other and with God.

We believe that men’s ministry must engage the men of our community by giving them an honest place to be themselves, wrestle with the struggles of life and find encouragement for their journey of faith. We currently offer several weekly opportunities for men to gather together.

Men's Prayer Breakfast

Men’s Prayer Breakfast takes place every Friday morning from 6:00 to 7:00 a.m. in the Fireside room. This breakfast feeds the body and soul by providing men the chance to interact and pray with one another. We believe that great things happen when men make prayer a priority!

Man Church

ManChurch is a Men’s Ministries program that takes place on Wednesdays from 6:45 – 8:00 p.m. during the school year. It exists to make fully committed disciples by encouraging, challenging and equipping men to live and lead courageously for Christ. Components of a typical evening include food, fun, laughter, music, fellowship at tables, prayer for one another in small groups and a challenge from God’s Word.

Other Men’s Ministries events throughout the year include the Men’s Golf Outing (August), Classic Car & Cycle Cruise-In (September) and Car Care (October/November).

Women's Ministry

Women’s Ministry at NMC is very active and offers many opportunities to gather, connect and encourage one another.

Coffee Break

Coffee Break, a women’s Bible Study, is a time for ladies to connect and study the Word together. Ladies share in fellowship time before the session, then congregate together for a time of worship and video teaching. For the remaining time, breakout sessions happen in smaller groups where ladies can share in a more intimate setting. Ladies meet on Tuesday mornings through the school year with a break over the holiday season. There is also a Tuesday evening session each fall that meets from late August through October.


Oasis is a Wednesday night elective. Ladies work through a topical study and have a chance to connect with one another and share in fellowship and studying the word. This is a great place for ladies to stop in the middle of a busy week and get recharged.

Ladies’ Prayer Group

Calling all female prayer warriors! If you have a passion for prayer, join this growing group of ladies for one hour of intentional prayer. Monday mornings, 9-10 AM, in the Grand Hall Mezzanine Prayer Room.

Revelation Fitness

Workouts designed to be a holy encounter for the body, mind and spirit!  This is a safe place for women of all ages and fitness levels to come worship and foster complete wellness! We meet throughout the school year, Wednesday nights, 7-8 PM, in the Aux Gym.

Knit Together

Each week we gather on Wednesday Nights at 7:00 PM in GH 224 for a devotional thought and time of knitting.

Special Events

IF:Nappanee takes place each March and is a local video venue of the IF:Gathering. At this annual conference women are equipped through biblical teaching to go and make disciples.

Marriage and Family

Care Ministry

There are several components that make up NMC’s comprehensive approach to caring for the hurting, wounded, and discouraged.
Our pastors are available to pray with NMC individuals and their family during any surgeries and hospital stays. We have also implemented a lay team for follow-up care after surgeries and hospital stays. There is also a weekly sheet for care concerns that can be found in the worship folder and a comprehensive list of care concerns at the Ministry Center.
Our GriefShare program is available in the fall for those who have lost family members and want a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. This program meets on Monday nights in the Fireside Room when in session. The fall session runs from August 26 to November 25. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Jason Rohde at
Our Foster Family Care Communities come alongside foster children and their families to help with the unique challenges they face. Serving a foster family is sacrificial, not always convenient, and often challenging. Click here to learn more about being the hands and feet of Jesus to this precious group.

Marriage and Family Ministry

Our goal in the area of marriage and family is to provide a variety of options, resources, and tools throughout the course of a year to help educate and motivate individuals, couples, and families.

Christ-centered and relationship-focused premarital guidance is a great way for engaged couples to prepare for marriage. During NMC’s premarital program, couples take an assessment and walk through their results with Marty Graverson, our marriage and family pastor. Through this assessment, couples have the chance to learn more about their fiancé as well as identify specific areas they should focus on during the rest of the premarital program. In addition to the assessment, couples will be paired with a mentor couple who will meet with them three to four times before the wedding as well as a few times after the wedding. This mentorship provides opportunities for an engaged couple to learn from a seasoned couple’s real-life experiences and build a relationship that can last long after the wedding date. Through this relationship, couples establish connections with those who will support, challenge, and encourage them as they grow in their marriage.
NMC’s premarital program is open to anyone but is a requirement for those being married by an NMC pastor. The cost of $75 covers assessment and materials for the couple. Register Here
We also offer a variety of crisis care options including the NMC pastors and a comprehensive list of Christian care professionals in our area.
A great resource for marriage and/or parenting enrichment can be found on Wednesday evenings in the adult programming arena. The various options for these can be found at the Ministry Center.
If you have any questions, please contact Marty Graverson in the Church Office at 574.773.7773 or