Central City Refuge Groups

Spring small groups are now closed. New groups begin in the fall. To request childcare, join our contact list, or if you have questions, email refuge@idcpdx.com.

All groups are subject to the availability of facilitators and participants.

Genesis Change Process

Genesis Change groups are gender-specific small groups of people who desire to change because they are tired of struggling with painful chronic personal problems or self-destructive coping behaviors such as addiction, anger, overwork, procrastination, anxiety, control, depression, or self-pity. These groups guide participants through their recovery process by providing the necessary understanding, as well as the practical tools, for real and permanent change. It is a blend of biblical principles, understanding of the brain, and proven recovery strategies for not only freedom from self-destructive behaviors, but also addressing the underlying issues that drive them.

Mending the Soul

Abuse can take on many forms: physical, verbal, sexual, emotional, spiritual… it happens in all kinds of relationships and can be overt and public, or subtle and secretive. While the details of our individual stories may be quite different, the consequences of abuse are often strikingly similar. When we experience abuse, it usually results in feelings of shame, powerlessness, isolation, and emotional detachment. Abuse colors the way we feel about ourselves and the way we relate to God and others. In Mending the Soul, we explore the nature of abuse, learn more about how it may have impacted us, and engage in a process of healing as we reconnect with God and others from a place of hope and healing. Mending the Soul is offered in separate groups for men and for women.


In this group we will explore the unique ways God has designed us and calls us towards healing and spiritual growth. We’ll use the Enneagram as a pathway to self-understanding and growing beyond self-defeating dimensions of our personality, improving relationships, and growing in compassion for others. The Enneagram is a personality typing tool that provides insight into our authentic selves and offers a framework for God’s transformative power to restore us to our truest nature.


God wants us to have healthy relationships with a balance between being dependent and independent. Codependency involves an excessive reliance on another person for emotional well-being and identity, which often results in a need to control. In this group, we’ll learn to care for ourselves and establish boundaries in relationships so that we can find our identity and self-worth in Christ.

Shame and Grace

Shame & Grace is a group that offers the opportunity to process and understand the many ways that shame can infiltrate and affect our lives. Shame is different from guilt, which can be an appropriate feeling of having done something bad. Shame, however, is the corrosive feeling that there is something wrong with who we are. Together, we will learn to identify shame, explore the messages and systems that contribute to shame, share our stories to know that we are not alone, and move into the grace of resting in our beloved identity in Christ.


The Grief group provides a place for people who have experienced a significant loss in their lives to process their grief with others who are on a similar journey. Grieving people often feel alone, so receiving support in the context of a Christian community can be very valuable for the healing process. Participants will engage in journaling, personal sharing, and group interactions. Together, we’ll walk through the core needs of mourning, lean into self-care, and share the uniqueness of each person’s story.


Whether in relationships, at work, with our kids, and even with God, boundaries help us determine what is our responsibility and what is the responsibility of others. We will learn how to set limits physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally so that all our relationships can be more healthy and balanced.

Why Emotions Matter

For some of us, emotions are overwhelming and all-important. For others, they’re bothersome and irrational. Wherever you fall on the emotional spectrum, pursuing a healthy relationship with emotions is key to living a passionate abundant life. In this group, we’ll learn how emotions work, why they are valuable, what to do when emotions don’t match the situation, helpful tools and habits for cultivating emotional health, and the ins and outs of shame, fear, anger, sadness, jealousy, and happiness.

Pure Desire for Women

This course is designed to help bring healing to women who have experienced love/sexual addiction and whose behaviors have led to destructive lifestyles. We’ll learn biblical truth and life competencies that will give women the opportunity to rebuild their lives in a way that releases healing, freedom, and glory to God.

423 for Men

423 is committed to finding a way out of the shame caused by sexual sin. 423 Communities are for those who have tried and failed to achieve sexual purity. You are not alone. We meet weekly for mutual support, accountability, and to honestly confess our utter dependence on Jesus Christ. You can share your story in a safe, confidential, and anonymous environment with other men who have achieved victory they never dreamed possible. If you’d like to join this group, please contact 423 directly and ask for the Imago Dei group. info@423communities.org

Betrayal and Beyond (for women)

Betrayal & Beyond explores the truth and nature of sexual addiction, and how women are wounded by the addict’s behaviors. For women who have suffered betrayal, their healing comes from understanding the role of trauma, establishing healthy boundaries, exploring the depth of forgiveness, and learning to live in restoration.