Small Groups at Journey Church


We know how important it is to connect with others. Life is an adventure that is meant to be shared. So much of God’s goodness is discovered and experienced in community with others. If we aren’t plugged in to that partnership with others we are not experiencing the fullness of the goodness of God in our lives.

Real Life Groups are focused on helping you experience Christ-centered friendship as well as an opportunity to give and receive through spiritual gifts with others from Journey. These typically meet in homes around the area and focus on content from J Weekend Services at Journey.

Connect Groups, however, can be focused on a book study, cover a specific topic or they can be based on shared life circumstances and interests.

Look over the current list of Real Life Groups & Connect Groups below and SEND AN EMAIL to the leader of the group for information on their next gathering and to see if they have room in their group.

We want to help if it has been a challenge for you to find a group and connect. Click on the “I WANT TO JOIN A GROUP” link below to let us know and we will help you.

Real Life Groups at Journey Church


James and Cynthia Heck

Location: Kearney

Shawn and Caitlyn Phillips

Location: Liberty

Andre and Kellye Nash

Location: Liberty

Andy and Nina Jarrett

Location: Liberty

Jeff and Becky Halloran

Location: Liberty

Kevin and Dara Martin

Location: Liberty

Jim and Wendi Godwin

Location: Liberty

Delaine Hash

Location: Liberty

Mike and Colleen O’Toole

Location: Liberty

Shawn and Bekah Phillips

Location: between Kearney and Smithville

Aaron and Sarah Porr

Location: Excelsior Springs

Tom and Karen West

Location: Liberty

50+ Group - Ginny Porr

Location: Liberty

Bob and Brenda VanCamp

Location: Liberty

Jordan and Mariah Wheelhouse

Location: North of Liberty

Kai and Trista Frederick

Location: Liberty

Connect Groups at Journey Church



Spiritual Parenting

Leader’s Name & Email: Tom and Becky DeWitt –
Day & Time: This 6 week class begins in the fall. Contact the leaders for the location, start date and time.
Description: 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? Spiritual Parenting 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 invite their children to Him.

Ignite the Fire

Leader Names & Email: Bob & Brenda VanCamp –
Day & Time: 2nd FRIDAY of each month at 7pm
Description: Monthly worship and prayer group. Contact the leaders for the location.

Practicing the Way: Be with Jesus. Become like him. Do as he did.

Leader Name & Email: Rolanda Peterson –
Day & Time: 2nd & 4th TUESDAY of each month at 5:45pm starting on March 12th. Contact the group leader for location.
Description: We will meet together to share a meal and discuss the book. The price of the Practicing The Way book is $19.25 on Amazon at this time. You will pay the group leader and they will order the book for you. Very simply the book is about how to become an apprentice of Jesus by learning about the ancient practices of spiritual formation and how we can create our own rule of life, thus becoming formed by Jesus, rather than the world.

School of the Spirit

Leader Names & Email: Jordan & Mariah Wheelhouse –
Day & Time: 1st Thursday of each month at 6:30pm. Contact the group leaders for location.
Description: Join us for a book study of the book School of the Spirit by Lee Cummings.

Journey Young Adults

3rd Monday of each month at 7pm

>> Click HERE to Sign Up

This is a gathering for Journey Young Adults to connect that meets on the 3rd Monday of each month where you will be challenged to grow. When you register you will receive location information.

Effortless Change

Leader Name & Email: Kris Yeager –
Day & Time: Meets on the 2nd & 4th MONDAY of each month at 7pm. Call Kris Yeager at 816-529-9641 for location.
Description: The class will center around the Word being the seed that can change your life. The Word of God can totally transform the way we look at change. If we receive the Word of God in our heart and apply it, we will be able to see change take place effortlessly.

First Steps for New Believers (and foundations for all)

Leader Names: Gary & Kelly Poole
Contact Email:

The next class will begin in the Fall. You will need to sign up to find out the location and the start date of the next class. Childcare will not be provided.

>> Click HERE to sign up.

Description: If you have asked Jesus to be Lord of your life and would like assistance in understanding the basic truths of Christianity then consider signing up for this 12-week study. The goal of this group is to provide Biblical truth to build a strong foundation that will help you on your road toward Christian maturity.

The group meets weekly for 12 weeks reviewing key truths from the Bible and how to apply them to your life. We believe the time spent will help you lay a solid base to grow in your Christian life.


Homeschool Group

Leader Name & Contact Info: Kellye Nash – kellye.r.nash@gmail or 816-808-6325
Description: This group supports one another through encouragement and prayer. They also get together for field trips, park days and outreach events. Contact Kellye to find out how you can get connect with this group of homeschool families.

Foster & Adoption Support Group

Leader Names & Email: Jamie the & Brittnay Frates –
Day, Time & Location: Meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7pm. Contact the leaders for location.
Description: The foster adopt support group provides Christ-centered support and encouragement to foster and adoptive families at Journey Church. This group will meet once a month to lift each other up in prayer and provide support for all phases of the foster care and adoption process. We will equip parents in their journey so they can find the hope and support they need along the way.

Homesteading Group

Leader Names & Email: Kenny & DaLana Kunellis –
Day, Time & Location: Meets monthly on Saturdays from 9am – Noon. Contact the leaders for location.
Description: This is an opportunity to learn about homesteading and how to help others with their homesteading projects.

Basketball Group

Leader Name & Email: Bob Couch –
Day, Time & Location: Meets on Sundays (excluding holiday weekends) from 2-4:30pm at a local High School Gym. Contact the leader for location.
Description: Join us for an opportunity to come together, meet new people and get exercise all while playing a game! This group is for ages 16 and over.


JW Coffee and Community

Leader Name & Email: Bekah Phillips –
Day & Time: 1st & 3rd Thursdays from 9-10:30am at Journey (starting on May 16th)
Description: Ladies, join us as we meet through the Summer for coffee and to allow a time of fellowship with other women of Journey. Kids are welcome, but those with kids are encouraged to go into the Early Childhood lobby area so the Mom’s can still interact while the kids have a place to play.

Ladies Book Study

Leader Name & Email: Jennifer Robinson –
Date & Times: Meets every 2nd & 4th Thursday at 6pm starting on September 14th. Contact the group leader for location.

Women’s Online Bible Study

Leader Name & Email: Sarah Porr –
Day & Time: Contact the Leader for current options and how to get involved.
Description: This group meets online for devotions and discussion using various study materials and the Bible App.

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