Community Groups

Illuminate is a church of Community Groups.

Community is not merely a starting point or a launching pad for our church, it is our destination and our lifeblood.

God designed us to be in a relationship with one another, and community is exactly what Jesus lived, demonstrated, and taught His followers. Community Groups are the best place for all of us to become mature disciples of Christ.

There’s never been a time in the life of our church where we have needed community more. Don’t let the world’s stresses lead you to press the “disengage button” from your relationship with Jesus and the church – join a Community Group!

We have many different types of Community Groups – there’s bound to be a group that’s just right for you.

“Community Groups are the soil in which our spiritual roots grow deeper.”

If you have never been part of a Community Group at Illuminate before, your first step is ROOTED.

ROOTED provides the opportunity to connect with God, the church community, and your purpose in unexpected life-changing ways. Think of ROOTED as a personal journey – a journey with the goal of deepening your connection with God, His Church, and your purpose in the big, epic story He is writing through human history.

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We want to help you tap into and maximize the gifts, passions, and strengths with which God has designed you, because we believe that the extension of His kingdom depends on you!

Next Session: October 2-23, 2022. Sundays at 10:30am in the Youth Room.

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Marriage Prep at Illuminate
Marriage Prep is a four-week seminar designed to help engaged couples, or couples considering engagement “make the most thorough, comprehensive and in-depth preparations possible” and to provide a Christ-centered framework for a healthy marriage.
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Life is meant to be lived in community, not alone. Through Community Groups, which meet every week or bi-monthly, you have the opportunity to extend your Rooted experience and connect with others (in a group of 10-15 people) experiencing life and discipleship together, growing in authentic relationship with each other and God, and impacting the world with the love of Jesus.

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Women’s Groups

At Illuminate, women are invited into a journey of transformation, building strong community with one another as they pursue full devotion to Jesus Christ through friendships, Bible study, classes, and shared experiences. Women’s studies offer group teaching and discussion on a range of Biblical issues including marriage and family and is for all ages and stages of spiritual growth.

God’s Love Story

Join us on Wednesday mornings, beginning August 24th from 9:30-11:30am as we walk through the Bible chronologically.

This is an ongoing study of God’s Word from beginning to end with the goal of understanding the Bible as one seamless book – God’s Love Story – inviting us to discover who God is and identify the thread of His redemptive plan for mankind that is woven throughout.

This study is facilitated by Courtney Bucks. Childcare is available with registration.

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Elijah: Faith and Fire

Join us on Wednesday mornings, beginning September 14th – November 16th from 9:30-11:30am.

We will join Priscilla Shirer on this journey through the life and times of the prophet Elijah to discover how the fire on Mount Carmel was forged in the valley of famine. And how the emboldened, fiery faith you desire is being fashioned by God in your life right now.

This study is facilitated by Marsha Keller. Childcare is available with registration.

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An Unhurried Life

Join us on Tuesday evenings, beginning September 13th – October 11th from 7:00-8:30pm.

Tired? Weary? Worn-out? The pressures of this world can be unrelenting. Join us as we learn Jesus’ rhythms of work and rest. Through the Bible and the book Unhurried Living by Alan Fadling, we will discover that it is possible to have “time and space to richly enjoy life, enjoy people, and enjoy God.”

This class is facilitated by Pam Lyons. Childcare available with registration.

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Uncommon Motherhood

Join mamas and mentors, in every season of parenting. We come together to be encouraged and equipped in this journey of motherhood, through the lens of the Gospel and the love of community.

We will meet Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:30pm.

This class will be facilitated by a teaching team including Julia Christensen, Terri Reisenauer, Kim Thompson, Kaarin Puhala & Lisa Robbins.

Childcare available with registration.

Register Here: 9/13-10/11
Register Here: 10/18-11/15

Wives of Non-Believers

Wednesdays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Led by Barbara Forde

We are women with a strong common bond. Together, we are learning how, through the gift of the Holy Spirit and Biblical principles, to respect, love, and give grace to our non-believing husbands as never before. In the process, our goal is to become more Christ-like in all areas of our lives and make lifelong friends. Our studies together normally center on reading a book written for wives of non-believers and discussing the book at our weekly sessions. We are currently going through “Marching Around Jericho: Praying Your Unsaved Spouse Into The Kingdom” by Lynn Donovan.

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Woman to Woman Mentoring

Would you like to build an authentic and Christ-like relationship with one other woman and make a lasting impact in their life – and yours?

This is a great time to begin that one-on-one mentoring relationship!

Our Woman to Woman Mentoring Ministry provides mentees with access to seasoned, godly mentors, flexible times and resources, and clear guidelines for a six-month commitment to each other.

Mentoring orientation on 10/3 at 6:30pm. Mentoring kickoff 10/10 at 6:30pm.

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Men’s Groups

No man is an island. That’s not just pretty prose. It’s a hard-core reality. Isolation, especially for men, is dangerous, especially now! Whether you want to connect in a home, at your workplace, on campus, or online, we have several options for you.

Bible Studies

These studies will meet on the 2nd and 4th weeks of the month and will last for an hour and a half. We will have drinks and food provided at both studies. Our first study follows Mark Batterson’s book “Play the Man”.

Monday mornings at 6am: Sept 12 & 26, Oct 10 & 24, Nov 14 & 28
Thursday evenings at 7pm: Sept 15 & 29, Oct 13 & 27, Nov 17 & Dec 1

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Mentoring for Men

At Illuminate, we care for each other deeply. Often in a man’s life, he needs someone to walk alongside him—not in front or behind, but alongside him.

If you would like to have another Illuminate man walk alongside you, let us know! We will ask you a few questions to help select one of our mentors for you. This relationship is entirely voluntary, and the content of the relationship is up to the two of you.

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The Gospels

Join us twice a month for a bible study looking at the gospels starting with the Book of Matthew beginning in June. This is an on-going bible study led by Steve Capobres who facilitates a discussion walking through the scriptures. The study meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month in the evenings from 6:30pm to 8:00pm in the conference room located in the offices of Illuminate.

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Campus Info

Service Times:
Sundays at 9:00 & 10:30am
(in-person and online)

Address:
17800 N. Perimeter Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Phone:
480.359.1394

Nursery + kids meet during both services and grades 56/78 + SHINE, our special needs ministry, meet during 10:30am service only.

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