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.

While some of these groups are ongoing, many are classes with a set start and end date. New small groups are launched quarterly, and our next launch will be the week of April 23, 2017.

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

Saving Justice: Race and the Church

Many Christians desire to live out a commitment to racial justice. But what if our understanding of racism is too thin, narrow or deficient for us to stand against it? Join us for an eight-week course to continue the conversation started during our Saving Justice sermon series. Sundays beginning February 26th at 9am in room 101. Register online at imagodei.webconnex.com/savingjustice

The Skeletons in God's Closet

There are some questions no Christian wants to be asked. Many today believe hell, judgment and holy war are “skeletons in God’s closet” – tough topics that, if looked at closely, would reveal a cruel, vindictive tyrant rather than a good and loving God. And we aren’t comfortable with the answers we’ve been given. In this class, we’ll pull these bones out into the open to exchange popular caricatures for the beauty and power of the real thing. We’ll discover these topics were never really skeletons at all but proclamations of a God who is good, not just in what he does, but in who He is. Wednesdays at 7:00pm in rm. 201. For more info, contact josh@idcpdx.com

Exploring Foster Care

Are you considering entering into foster care or adoption? Have questions? Concerns? In this class we will explore what fostering looks like and try to answer as many questions as possible. You will also meet four or five families that are doing it. Sundays at 11:00am in rm. 201. For more info, contact mikepinkerton4x4@gmail.com

Financial Peace University

FPU consists of a nine-week video curriculum taught by financial expert Dave Ramsey and small group discussions that help encourage accountability and discipleship. Groups meet weekly for 90 minutes and cover a wide range of topics including debt reduction, giving and personal saving. On average, FPU graduates pay off $5,300 in debt and save $2,700 in only the first 90 days! This group requires registration! Sign up at: www.fpucentral.com/users/sign-in. Sundays at 11:00am in the Imago Dei Loft (rm. 225). For more info, contact fpu@imagodeicommunity.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! Tuesdays at 6:00pm & Thursdays at 6:00am in rm. 101. For more info, contact Bill’s assistant at abby@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! Thursdays from 10:00am-12:00pm. Hosted by Rachel Wilson, Jaime Wallace and Gena Siegel. For more info, contact rachel@idcpdx.com. 

Letter from an Ephesian Jail

Within the Roman Empire, near the city of Ephesus, the apostle Paul sat in jail awaiting trial for the crime of integrating his churches. In the face of this ordeal he sent a letter, which we call Ephesians, to the surrounding churches, encouraging them to remain faithful, multi-cultural and united in Christ. This is a deeply spiritual letter. Yet, it is also part of a much larger story of a vibrant new religious movement spreading all over the Roman Empire, cutting across normal cultural boundaries. Come learn this story and find your place in it as we dive into this letter. Sundays at 9:00am in Imago Dei rm. 203. For more info, contact 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. 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.

Sorting Through Marriage Expectations

Clear expectations are a big part of a healthy marriage relationship. When they’re missed, this can be a spot for disappointment, but they can also help us see how to love and serve our spouse. If you’re considering marriage as a couple, if or you’ve been married only a few years, join us for some connection and discussion surrounding the book What Did you Expect? by Paul David Tripp. This group requires registration! Email bekah@idcpdx.com. February 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th; March 7th & 14h at 6:00pm at Imago Dei (room TBD). 

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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 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! 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. 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. 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. 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! 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. 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.