The foundation of our Adult Ministry is Sunday School. We have a variety of adult classes that are geared around life circumstances and needs. In addition to this we have a variety of discipleship classes that are offered through the week. Most of these are short-term (6-13 weeks). These classes attempt to meet a specific need or life circumstance. Our on-going classes include WEROC (an addiction recovery class), GriefShare (for people who have experienced a loss), and DivorceCare (for people who are separated or divorced). We also have ongoing men’s and ladies’ Bible studies. A current schedule can be found in our Worship Guide or Newsletter.

Sunday Morning Groups

 All Sunday morning groups meet from 10:30-11:30 a.m. each Sunday year-round. They may also meet at other times or days for additional group functions or fellowships.


College (Room 101) SM01

The College class is designed specifically for those who are in college or of college age (post high school through age 24). Our Bible study has a focus on practical life application. Class members are encouraged to participate in monthly fellowships.

Topic: Bible Studies for Life (Welcome Home: Connecting and Engaging People in Your Church, How to Pray)

Leader: Bryan Maxey


Young Adult Couples (Room 209/211) SM03

Our Young Adult Couples class is designed to meet the needs of couples, age 20-35, who are eager to build on their marriage and family relationships, knowing that God must be at the center of their life.  Come and visit with us on Sunday mornings.

Topic: Bible Studies for Life (Welcome Home: Connecting and Engaging People in Your Church, How to Pray)

Leaders: Justin & Alana Rieker


Parents of Teenagers (Room 205/207) SM04

This class is designed to help those age 35-50, and especially as the name suggests, those who have teenagers still living at home, to face the challenges of this phase of life and deepen their faith and walk in Christ.

Topic: Bible Studies for Life (Welcome Home: Connecting and Engaging People in Your Church, How to Pray)

Leader: Cheryl Ballew


Transformers (Single Adult Ministry) (Room 109) SM05

This group of adults, ages 45-60, enjoys a warm and inviting fellowship, prayer & share time, and topical Bible studies geared to helping singles and married couples become “transformed” into the image of Christ (Romans 12:1-2).  Whether you are single or married, this class equips you to find your place of service in the Body of Christ.

Topic: The Book of Revelation

Leaders: Randy & Linda Dean


Adult 3-D (Room 208/210) SM06

This outgoing class of adults, ages 50-65, loves discussion and applying Bible lessons to real life. Visitors can expect to find a place to belong within this class. This warm and caring fellowship will welcome you right into the group! Members are challenged to make a difference within their “sphere of influence” and to develop the Mind of Christ.

Topic: Explore the Bible (Galatians, James)

Leader: Bill Hall


Celebrate (Room 114A/Fellowship Hall) SM07

Celebrate Class is a diverse group of both couples and singles, generally in the 45-65 age group. This outgoing and energetic class is a place where you will be challenged in your Christian walk and your understanding of God’s word. Visitors can expect to hear scripture read and discussed, the truth of scripture placed into life application, and the Gospel message presented each Sunday.

Topic: Explore the Bible (Galatians, James)

Leader: Joe Barela


Journey (Room 114D/Fellowship Hall) SM08

The Journey Class is a diverse group of adults, age 55-65, who are learning that this world is not our home. We are sojourners and pilgrims on our way to a city whose builder and maker is God. Some of us have journeyed for many years, others have just begun. Come and join the Journey Class as we travel. There is a place for you among us.

Topic: Explore the Bible (Galatians, James)

Leader: Stan Lanier


Joy (Room 204/206) SM09

This is a boisterous, friendly, open class where women, age 50-70, can find acceptance, sensitivity, interest, fellowship, understanding, and encouragement. With excellent Bible teachers you will want to be here every Sunday. 

Topic: Explore the Bible (Galatians, James)

Leader: Arlene Rieker


Harmony (Room 110) SM10

Harmony extends an invitation for people ages 70 and up to come join this exciting fellowship! The Harmony class hopes to guide disciples of all ages to grow in spiritual maturity and to equip disciples for personal ministry. With great Bible teaching in class and monthly fellowships outside of class, you can find a place to belong in the Harmony Class!

Topic: Explore the Bible (Galatians, James)

Leader: Jerry Crockford, Carolyn Norvelle


Keenagers (Room 108) SM11

The Keenagers will give you a warm welcome, and can guarantee a Bible-centered, loving lesson. We go out of our way to make sure visitors and new members, ages 70 and up, are integrated into the class, and we are a Bible-teaching, Bible-believing group! “Newcomers are always welcome!” 

Topic: Explore the Bible (Galatians, James)

Leader: Jeff Moody, Charles Pollard


Queen Esther (Room107) SM12

We are a group of loving women, ages 75 and up, who love to serve the Lord through giving. In the last year, we were able to give to the Lottie Moon Christmas offering, Annie Armstrong Easter offering and a monthly gift to the SJBA Crisis Closet. We serve each other and our church family through prayer. Members of the Queen Esther Class look to each other for prayer support, encouragement, and friendship… and we would LOVE to add you to our number!

Topic: Explore the Bible (Galatians, James)

Leader: Lavon Adams


Sunday Evening Groups


“Boring”-Finding An Extraordinary God In Ordinary Life”:  Begins Sept 16  (Room 205/207, 5:00 p.m.) SN01

Today we live with a false separation between sacred and secular that was never meant to be. Work, paying bills, changing diapers . . . when Jesus enters any situation He makes even the most mundane things extraordinary. “Boring” enlivens this truth as author Michael Kelley challenges readers: we can give ourselves to ordinary life-parenting, marriage, work -because we fully believe in God’s presence and power within those situations. They are no longer boring, but important.

This is the perfect class for those who teach Sunday morning classes or who drop off kids for Awana.

Leader: Cheryl Ballew                                               


Discovering Church Membership (Fellowship Hall,) SN05

This group is for those who are new to Emmanuel or who would like to know more about how Emmanuel Baptist Church functions, what we believe, and how you can become a member of our church. This group normally meets once per quarter (four times per year) on Sunday afternoon (after Sunday School) at 11:30, in Fellowship Hall. Contact the church office for dates.

Leader: Pastor Steve Ballew                                    


Discovering Spiritual Maturity (Room 212, 5:15 p.m.) SN06

This group is a follow-up group to Discovering Church Membership and focuses on the four basic habits every Christian needs to develop in order to grow to spiritual maturity. It may be scheduled on Sunday nights or Wednesday nights and is also offered quarterly. Contact the church office for dates.

Leader: Jeff Moody


Discovering My Ministry (Room 212) SN07

This group is a follow-up group to Discovering Spiritual Maturity and focuses on five personal factors that God has used to shape you for His ministry. It may meet Sunday nights or Wednesday nights and is also offered quarterly. Contact the church office for dates and locations. 

Leader: Randy Dean


Discovering My Mission SN08

This group is designed as a more practical, hands-on experience for those who are training for or participating in an mission project, or who would like to know more about how they can be involved in an upcoming mission endeavor. Contact the church office for dates and locations or mission project information.

Leader: various


Celebrate Recovery SN09

Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered recovery program based on the Beatitudes, written by Pastors Rick Warren and John Baker, and used in over 12,000 churches across the world. The purposes of Celebrate Recovery are to fellowship and to celebrate God’s healing power in lives through the 12 Steps and 8 Recovery Principles. Get help for your hurt, habit, or hang-up by applying the principles of a Bible-based recovery process. Contact Joe Barela for dates and location.

Leader: Joe Barela



Monday Evening Groups


DivorceCare MN01

DivorceCare meets to help you face pain, stress, confusion, and feelings of isolation due to divorce and to help you move toward rebuilding your life. Each session includes a video seminar with real-life case studies and a support group to discuss what was presented and what is going on in group member’s lives. This group meets on Monday nights at the home of Randy & Linda Dean. Call the church office or Randy & Linda for next start date.

Leaders: Randy & Linda Dean


 Wednesday Morning Groups


Men’s Breakfast WM01

Join us each Wednesday morning at 5:30 a.m. at TJ’s Downtown Diner (119 E. Main St.), for a time of breakfast and fellowship.

Leaders: Bryan Maxey, Nathanael Roberts


  Wednesday Evening Groups


Women’s Bible Study – He Speaks to Me (Room 201/203, 6:00 p.m.) WN01

Join us for this study as Priscilla Schirer shares six characteristics found in Samuel that are applicable to women who  tune their hearts to hear God’s voice: A Simple Relationship, A Set Apart Holiness, A Still Attentiveness, A Single-Minded Worship, A Sold Out Hunger, and A Servant’s Spirit. By listening to God’s voice and obeying Him, women will be drawn into a closer relationship to God that brings a deeper desire to serve Him faithfully.

Leaders: Cindy & Jeanette Little                    


MAWEROC (Room 107, 6:00 p.m.) WN03

Men and Women Earnestly Relying on Christ is a year-round recovery Bible study for anyone struggling with an addiction of any kind. We have found that SIN and the sinful nature are indeed addictive and that the Bible teaches that all sinners can be free from the control of that nature. We encourage those who wish to live free in Christ to join us!

Leaders: Lavon Adams                                   


Prayer Meeting (Room 209/211, 6:00 p.m.) WN05

This group meets, as the name suggests, to learn about prayer and take time to pray for a variety of concerns. Join Pastor Steve on Wednesday nights for a time of learning and praying.

Leader: Pastor Steve Ballew              


Tactics (Room 204/206) Begins Sept. 5 at 6pm

This class focuses on how to talk to people who don’t share our Christian worldview. Many people are indifferent, or even hostile, to the word of Christ and, as Christians, it is important that we learn to communicate with them in an effective way. Classes 1-12 will be using Greg Koukl’s video series, “Tactics”. We will also be drawing on some of the materials from his book of the same name. In subsequent sessions, we will be learning how to answer the world’s pressing questions and to defend our faith.

Leader: Ken Wilson     


Collegiate Bible Study – Making Space (Room 214, 7:30 p.m.) WN06

College age students are invited to join us for a time of fellowship and growth, rooted in Bible study, community, and prayer. “Making Space” is an 8-session study that gleans wisdom from the book of Proverbs and from the example of Jesus to show you how to center your life on God’s priorities.

Leader: Stephen Soto  


Charis (formerly, God Centered Mom) (Room 102, 6:00 p.m.) WN07

Reaching hearts through Women today; Impacting souls through

Jesus forever. Charis’ mission is to serve at the Lord’s pleasure to connect, edify, equip, inspire, and empower women to impact their world for Jesus. Our core values are praying abundantly, building relationships, communicating authenticity, showing respect, encouraging accountability, being intentional, staying Bible-based, choosing joy, inspiring faith, celebrating perseverance, empowering discipleship, valuing integrity, embracing discipline, speaking love, and sharing wisdom.

Leader: Wyleah Blohm


GriefShare (Room 212, 6:00 p.m.) WN08

GriefShare is part of a network of thousands of grief recovery support groups meeting around the world where those who are grieving the loss of a loved one will learn how to walk the journey of grief and be supported on the way. Each session includes a video featuring personal stories of people like you who are grieving the death of a loved one and expert insight on topics important to grief recovery. Small group support and discussion follows.

Leader: Jeff Moody


Thursday Morning Groups

 Men’s Breakfast (8:00 a.m.) RM02

All men are invited to join us for a time of fellowship and encouraging devotion. This group normally meets at Weck’s. Contact Rick Mace (505-320-5204) for the current location.

Leader: Rick Mace  


 Friday Morning Groups

 Men’s Breakfast (T.J.’s Diner on Main St.) FM02

Join us each Friday morning at 6:00 a.m. at TJ’s Downtown Diner (119 E. Main St.), for a time of fellowship and encouraging devotion.

Leader: Abe Barela


                                    Bible Study Groups

 SM01   College

SM03   Young Adult Couples

SM04   Parents of Teenagers

SM05   Transformers

SM06   Adult 3-D

SM07   Celebrate

SM08   Journey

SM09   Joy

SM10   Harmony

SM11   Keenagers

SM12   Queen Esther

SN01    “Boring-Finding An Extraordinary God In Ordinary Life”




Recovery & Support Groups

 MN01  DivorceCare


WN08  GriefShare


Men’s Groups

 WM01 Men’s Breakfast (Wednesday)

RM02  Men’s Breakfast (Thursday morning)

FM01   Men’s Breakfast (Friday)


Ladies’ Groups

 WN01  Bible Study- “He Speaks To Me” – Priscilla Shirer

WN07  Charis


Discovery Groups

 SN05    Discovering Church Membership

SN06    Discovering Spiritual Maturity

SN07    Discovering My Ministry

SN08    Discovering My Mission


Discipleship Groups

 SM13   Tatics

WN06  Collegiate Bible Study


Prayer Groups

 WN05  Prayer Meeting


 Jeff Moody, Minister of Education

Phone: 505-327-4771