Small Groups

Small groups provide opportunities to gather with other Imago Dei community members over the enjoyment of a common activity, a common stage of life or peer group or the pursuit of spiritual growth and wisdom.

New small groups are launched quarterly, and our next launch will be the week of April 23, 2017. New spring groups starts that week unless otherwise noted. However, many groups are ongoing and can be joined at any time.

Interested in starting a small group? Email abby@idcpdx.com.

Jesus 101: Who He Is and Why He Matters

Jesus 101 is a four-week introduction to Jesus and the essentials of the Christian faith taught by Pastor Josh Butler. This class is a great fit for those new to following Jesus, those exploring Him for the first time or folks who’ve been around awhile and are looking for a tune-up on the basics. Material will be based on Josh’s book: The Pursuing God: A Reckless, Irrational, Obsessed Love That’s Dying To Bring Us Home. This class has moved to rm. 101 of the Ankeny building. Begins April 27th. Thursdays at 7:00pm-9:00pm for 4 weeks. For more info, contact josh@idcpdx.com.

The Gospel of John: Men's Bible Study

Is it possible to experience belief as God intended? This men’s Bible study with Pastor Bill Clem will keep this question in view as you are immersed in the Gospel of John. There are two meeting times to accommodate your schedule. Bring your Bible! This is an ongoing group. Tuesdays at 6:00pm & Thursdays at 6:00am in rm. 101 (no class the weeks of 4/18 & 4/25). For more info, contact Bill’s assistant at abby@idcpdx.com

Kierkegaard Discussion Group

Join us as we walk through some of existentialist philosopher and theologian Søren Kierkegaard’s writings together! Materials will be provided. Sundays at 11:00am in rm. 204 of the Ankeny building. For more info, contact: kaseypilcher@gmail.com. 

Imago Dei Orchestra

Do you play a band or orchestra instrument and want others to play with? Imago Dei is making space for a group to form and play music together. What do you want to play: baroque, jazz, folk, pop? We’ll figure that out! This group is for woodwinds, brass, and strings players who read music. Sundays from 1:00pm-3:00pm in room 101 of the Ankeny building. For more info: imagodeiorchestra@gmail.com.

The Meaning of Marriage

This study for married and engaged couples based on Tim Keller’s book The Meaning of Marriage invites us to experience healthy marriage as God intended. Sundays at 11:00am for 6 weeks in rm. 203 of the Ankeny building. Requires sign-up! Please RSVP to juliehamilton74@gmail.com.

Head/Heart

Head/Heart is the monthly worship gathering of the Imago Dei Young Adults Community. When we read the words of Jesus, we get a glimpse of a kind of faith that’s deep, wide and much more beautiful. He always invites people to engage God wholeheartedly without checking their brains at the door – to know God, as well as experience Him. We sing, read, pray and listen together, following a traditional Evening Prayer (or Vespers) liturgy. Everyone is welcome.This is an ongoing group. 1st Sunday of each month at 7:00pm in the Imago Dei Prayer Space (SE 15th & Ash). For more info, contact: kenya@idcpdx.com.

Indoor Park

It’s rainy! Come hang out with other families and let your kids run free in the Imago Dei Gym! Join us for fun, toys, coffee, snacks and opportunities for friendship!This is an ongoing group. Thursdays from 10:00am-12:00pm. Hosted by Rachel Wilson, Jaime Wallace and Gena Siegel. For more info, contact rachel@idcpdx.com. 

The Letter of James: A Primer on Living

Of all the letters in the New Testament, the message of James most resembles the words of Jesus in the Gospels. From care for the poor, to the perils of money, to the value of simple speech…from humility to true faithfulness, James tells it all straight and simple. Each week, we’ll read a passage from this letter and explore its message for us today, always keeping in mind the words of James 1:22, “Do what it says.” Begins April 23rd. Sundays at 9:00am in rm. 203 of the Ankeny building. For more info, contact Robb Starr at robbws@gmail.com.

Pray and Play North Portland

Pray and Play is a regular and intentional North Portland community for elementary-age kids and their families to find encouragement and inspiration with fellow believers in their neighborhood. Weekly gatherings will include games, crafts, snacks, lessons from Scripture and a short guided prayer time. Dates, times, and locations vary.This is an ongoing group. Fridays at 3:00pm at Chief Joseph Elementary Gym (2409 N Saratoga St.). For more info, contact rachel@idcpdx.com

Dating as Spiritual Formation

Dating can suck. Sometimes, so can being single. We’re going to walk through the minefield of modern relationships together, through the weirdness of church and culture, seeking to learn from each other and be transformed by Christ. We’ll address both the calling of singleness and the sacrament of marriage. We’ll practice the beauty and messiness of community while working towards healing. We’re going to seek understanding about gender roles and sex, geek out a bit on the science of the brain and explore the mystery of men and women. Sundays at 11:00am beginning February 12th in Imago Dei rm. 202. For more info, contact chelsea@idcpdx.com.

Caring for Refugees 101

Jesus calls us to care for refugees. “But how do I jump in?” We’re glad you asked! This three-week orientation to our Refugee Ministry will give you a Gospel framework, best practices, personal stories and practical pathways to serve refugees in our city. Taught by Erin Presby and Seth King (our Refugee Ministry leaders), using the book When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor…And Yourself.  Begins May 4th. Thursdays at 7:00pm-9:00pm for 3 weeks in Rm. 204 of the Ankeny building  For more info, contact: erin.presby@gmail.com or sethbartell@gmail.com

Re-Imagine: Life with God as His Beloved

Although originally created to be a meeting place for those of us at Imago beyond the magic age of 39, we welcome all, particularly those in transition. Whether you’re new to Imago, experiencing career change, divorce, retirement, “empty nesting”, or recently married, If you desire fellowship and a deeper connection, join us for the adventure. This is an ongoing group. Sundays at 10:15 am in Rm. 101. For more info, please call or email Denise Lundblade at 503-690-6583 or dalundblade@yahoo.com

Foster and Adoptive Parent Support Group

Join us as we share dinner together as families meet for mutual encouragement and support. Anyone who is involved in foster care, adoption or providing respite for families is invited to attend. Child care will be provided. This is an ongoing group. 2nd Fridays of each month at 6:00pm in Rm. 101. For more info contact Mike Pinkerton at mikepinkerton4x4@gmail.com.

Women in the Word

Join us weekly as we continue to read through the Bible together. You will not want to miss the opportunity to experience God’s story as we follow a chronological reading through the Scriptures. This is an ongoing group. Tuesdays at 6:30pm in Gena Siegel’s office in the Ankeny building. For more info, contact bev.ann.carson@gmail.com.

Church Lady Happy Hour

Join us for this fun, easy way to meet other ladies at Imago Dei. We’ll meet at different locations throughout the city for food, drinks, and good conversation. This is an ongoing group. Thursdays at 5:00pm. For more info, visit our Facebook page or email 3394momo@gmail.com.

Reveal Hiking Group - Central City

A group of hikers at Imago who are becoming friends and knowing God more by hiking through the world that He has made. This is an ongoing group. For more info, visit our Facebook page or contact justin.miracle@gmail.com

Vertical Rock Climbing

A place for those who love to rock climb or are interested in learning about climbing to connect with others in the Imago Dei community. Leaders and members are regularly found at local climbing gyms and outdoor crags, with an occasional organized trip to local climbing destinations. This is an ongoing group. This group meets on various days at various locations. For more info, contact marshall@outoverthevoid.com

Women's Book Group

After reading an interesting and well-written book, do you enjoy discussing and hearing different points of view? Join us! This is an ongoing group. 1st Wednesdays of each month at 7:00pm. For more info, visit our Facebook page or email jrsiemssen@yahoo.com

Women's Food Community

Whether you’re a novice in the kitchen, or a Julia Child replica, join us as we learn to make the perfect pie crust and yummy pie,  healthy and yet delicious  meals, and other culinary treats. There is a small cost of $5-10 for each session for ingredients and supplies. This is an ongoing group. Fridays from 6-8:30pm. For more info, contact sadiemarie32@hotmail.com or check out our Facebook page

Mama and Baby

Join us at Imago Dei as we seek to encourage one another through the first couple years of having a baby. Bring yourself and baby for a casual time of conversation about life with a little one. For moms of little ones under 2. This is an ongoing group. Wednesdays, 10:30am-Noon. Contact: Mary Edmonds at maryleighedmonds@gmail.com.

Reveal Hiking Group - Eastside Gathering

A group of hikers at Imago Dei Eastside Gathering who are becoming friends and knowing God more by hiking through the world that He has made. This is an ongoing group. To get involved, email nimchalti@gmail.com or checkout our Facebook page.

Family Playgroup

Every Monday morning, parents and kids gather at the East Portland Community Center Indoor Park from 10am-12pm for play and conversation. The Community Center charges $1.25 per child. Arrangements are available if cost is prohibitive. All are welcome, so bring your friends! This is an ongoing group. Contact Kat Bonham with questions at bonhamkat@gmail.com.

Bhutanese/Nepali ESL Group

Help English-language learners from Bhutan and Nepal practice their conversational skills. This can help ease their difficult transition into American culture. No formal ESL teaching education or experience is required to volunteer. This is an ongoing group. To learn more, contact Roxie Sprick at 503-756-5600.

Maker Moms

Maker Moms is a place for moms to take a short break from parenting, meet up with other ladies and spend some time creating. Each meet-up will center around a curated craft and offer a chance to talk about topics ranging from inspiration to identity. Come reconnect with your creative side, get to know other moms at Imago Dei and explore that part of you that’s made in the image of the Creator! There is a $10 cost per meet-up for supplies. February 4th, March 18th & April 29th at 7:00pm. Register at imagodei.webconnex.com/makermomsFor more info, contact breena.bard@gmail.com & ashleylama@mac.com.