Growth Groups

What is a Growth Group?

As a church, we want to help you get to know God better and enable you to become who He's created you to be. In other words, we want to fulfill the church’s calling to make disciples. Growth Groups are one way to make this happen. Growth Groups provide a classroom environment where you can take practical next steps of growth, connect with others in the body, and apply what you learn in your everyday life. Below is the list of Growth Groups currently open. We encourage you to jump in and take the initiative grow deeper in your walk with Christ, build friendships and participate in serving alongside our many ministries and outreaches.


Spring 2017 Growth Groups begin meeting the first week of March 



  • "The Love Dare for Parents" by Stephen Kendrick - Single Moms Bible Study
  • When: 9:30 to 11:15am
  • Where: My Neighbor's Ministry Library
  • Group Leader: Joan Stahl
  • Single Moms Ministry is an Isaiah 61 ministry that offers hope and healing for single moms no matter your circumstance or age. If you are divorced, widowed, have never been married, a single grandmother raising grandchild(ren) or single woman raising niece/nephew, this ministry is for you. Join us for fellowship, discussion and shared experiences with other single moms. 
  • Contact: EMAIL
  • Get Connected Ministry
  • When: Starting March 19 | 9:30
  • Where: Main Building Dining Room
  • Group Leader: Marlene Moncho
  • Join this large, exciting interactive Disciple-Fellowship, where you will come to know the Body of Christ at ZCC by sharing your stories, learning how to apply God’s Word in your personal journey and hearing powerful testimonies from ZCC Ministry Leaders and Get Connected Alumni. As Pastor Marlene teaches, taking you deeper into God’s Word, she will interweave your personal stories to enhance life application to take with you in your walk with JESUS. Each time together is uniquely different because YOU are there! Note: The Get Connected Ministry is a prerequisite track for ZCC membership and is a criteria for leadership at Zarephath Christian Church. 
  • Contact: EMAIL


  • "Gideon: Your Weakness - God's Strength"
  • When: 6:30pm
  • Where: Middlebush, NJ
  • Group Leader: Erin Vanderberg
  • Gideon's story is also about us, our lives, our doubts, our struggles, and our possibilities as believers. From a state of fear, weakness, and insecurity, Gideon emerged as Israel's hero, filled with God's presence and His passion for deliverance. This study will encourage you to recognize your weakness as the key that the Lord gives you to unlock to full experience of His strength in your life. In what ways do you feel insufficient? Those places create the greatest opportunity to experience the sufficiency of God.
  • Contact: EMAIL
  • Follow Him Fitness Ministry
  • When: 7 to 8pm
  • Where: Children's Ministry Center
  • Group Leader: Tatyana Poletayeva | Fitness Trainer
  • Do you want to lose unwanted, unhealthy weight, or get toned and change your body composition to be leaner? Looking for a healthier lifestyle to increase your body metabolism by working out and eating healthy? Join the Follow Him Fitness Ministry on Monday evenings at 7pm, where you will get a good workout and burn fat. Now you can work out with your sisters in Christ, focusing on God’s Word and praising Jesus with all your heart, mind, soul and STRENGTH!
  • Contact: EMAIL


  • "Here and Now... There and Then"
  • When:  10am
  • Where: Zarephath Ministry Center
  • Group Leader: Barbara Amato
  • The book of Revelation is the culmination of God’s written Word: Christ’s revelation of the Here and Now… and There and Then. In Beth Moore's 11-week session, we are invited to enter in with Christ’s first recipient John, to be taken and shaken, and most of all to receive God’s powerful message of Love and Redemptive Grace. Throughout the study, Beth will present viewpoints of various scholars while always respecting God’s boundary of what to reveal or not reveal.
  • Contact: EMAIL
  • "Breaking Free" - Friend of a Wounded Heart (Isaiah 61 Ministry)
  • When: 7pm
  • Where: Zarephath Ministry Center
  • Group Leader: Deb Scialfa
  • In Breaking Free, Beth Moore leads us through the Scriptures to discover the transforming power of Christian freedom! Whether we face life-long hindrances to abundant life or desire to reach a new level of liberty in Christ, we can find freedom through Jesus Christ like never before.
  • Contact: EMAIL
  • "The Path to Sexual Healing"
  • When: 7pm
  • Where: Middlesex Boro
  • Group Leader: Lescena Minn
  • This Bible study looks at sexual trauma as well as overcoming sexual sin. The goal is to look into our hearts-surrendering all its pain and impurities to God who longs to heal our wounds and transform our lives!  Join us for this life changing Study through the power of the Holy Spirit!
  • Contact: EMAIL


  • "Horizontal Jesus"
  • When: 10am to 12pm
  • Where: Zarephath Ministry Center
  • Group Leader: Gail Walters
  • Loving God is vertical love. Loving others is horizontal love. Jesus showed His disciples how these two loves are intertwined in practical ways. In this 6-session study, you'll learn how to apply biblical principles drawn from several one-another passages in Scripture.
  • Contact: EMAIL
  • "Taking Out Your Emotional Trash"
  • When: 7pm
  • Where: South Bound Brook
  • Group Leader: Trish Gover
  • This session offers a proven "toss and recycle" program to help you evaluate your emotions, keep the life-affirming ones and discard the ones that hinder healthy relationships. Learn biblical principles which will help us take out the emotional trash that weighs us down.
  • Contact: EMAIL
  • Surrendering the Secret (Isaiah 61 Healing & Renewal Ministry)
  • When: 7pm
  • Where: Middlesex Boro
  • Group Leader: Lescena Minn
  • Surrendering the Secret is a Post Abortion Restoration Ministry, Bible study. Are you silently carrying the pain of self-hatred and heart-break of loss from a previous abortion? This study will walk you through the struggles of your past and present grief to bring you to a place of hope, healing, and freedom we have through Jesus Christ!
  • Contact: EMAIL


  • "Believing God"
  • When: 7pm
  • Where: Main Building Reception Room
  • Group Leader: Eileen LaPlaca
  • Do you Believe God or merely believe in Him?  Join this 10 week in-depth Beth Moore video-based Bible study as we explore what it means to believe God. We will explore what it means to reclaim and live out our identities as heirs of the promise and children of God.
  • Contact: EMAIL