Central City Refuge Groups

Monday Nights


Imago Dei Sanctuary
1400 SE Ankeny St.


For childcare, please contact

Peace in Anxiety: A Refuge Summer Series
Are you stressed out? Do you want to experience more peace in the midst of an anxious world? Paul Elmore, a licensed counselor, will guide us through the process of understanding where your anxiety comes from and give easy-to-use tools to deal with it. Join us Monday nights July 15- August 26 in the sanctuary 7pm-9pm. No registration or commitment required.

To request childcare, join our contact list, or if you have questions, email refuge@idcpdx.com.
Fall groups will begin in September.

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

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

The curriculum integrates contemplative spirituality and Bible study with established tools for emotional maturity. Chapters include knowing yourself so that you may know God, breaking the power of the past, letting go of power and control, lamenting grief and loss, practicing rhythms of receiving grace, learning new skills to love others well, and developing habits for a Christ-centered life. This group gives opportunity for reflection and support on the topics from the Becoming sermon series. Sign up with the link above.

Genesis 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.


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.


From quiet resentment to outbursts of rage, by ourselves or directed at others, anger can consume us like no other emotion.  The expression or denial of anger informs all of our relationships in every area of life.  Anger can cloud our best judgements, keep us from forgiving and depress us with shame. Anger can also bring a spotlight of truth in darkness, alert us to danger and motivate us towards justice. Why is anger so difficult to control? What is our unique anger trying to tell us? What to we do when our anger is justified? What does God require of us when we are angry?  In this group, we will learn what causes different types of anger, how anger is expressed or repressed, how to discern our own anger, how to express anger in righteous ways and how to find healing from God.


Codependency is when our lives become defined by the needs and desires of those we are in close relationship with. This group will work through a process of identifying and trusting our thoughts and feelings, letting go of control of others, and learning to love and care for ourselves.

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.

Supporting Mental Health

This group is for family, caregivers, and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness. We will support each other by having space to speak openly about our challenges, grieve together, and discuss tools to help navigate the unique hurdles and disappointments of walking with those who struggle with a mental or emotional imbalance. This group is not designed for individuals who have a mental health struggle themselves but instead is intended to support those who are in relationship with them.