Small Groups

Open Door Small Groups

– cultivating authentic, vulnerable, and diverse spaces for connection and transformation.

October 2 to November 17, 2017

  • The Gift of Being Yourself: This group will utilize David Benner’s book, The Gift of Being Yourself: the Sacred Call to Self Discovery. Together we will discuss and lean into the transformative process of knowing God through knowing our true selves in Christ.  Our time will consist of conversation, prayer and silence.  Join BJ Woodworth on Tuesday nights from 6:30-8:00pm at 5713 Rippey St.
  • Dinner and Prayer: We are looking forward to growing in our community through the shared practice of a meal together followed by a time of prayer. All are welcome to join us, Scott and Maribeth Hagley on Thursday nights from 6:30-8:00 pm. 1231 N Highland Ave, Pittsburgh 15206.
  • Rule of Life: Join us on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 7:00pm (October 4 – November 15) at the Garfield Community Farm for a Rule of Life Small Group.  We will be walking through Spirituality of Everyday Living (An Adaptation of the Rule of St. Benedict) by Brian C. Taylor and crafting/refining our personnel and communal Rules of Life.  This small group is open to all but will be particularly helpful if you are newer and or wanting to learn more about the Open Door as a church and or wanting to further explore and deepen your own spiritual practices.  Childcare will be provided at 134 Stratford Avenue from 5:15-7:15pm.  For more information contact Stephanie Bell (  

January 29 –March 23

  • Praying with the Body: Join Rene Prymus and Katrina Woodworth while together, we’ll explore the role of the body in prayer. Each meeting will include a time of conversation and a time of practice praying in an embodied way, ending in silent meditation.  We will meet at BGC activity Center, 7:45-9:15pm on Wednesdays.  
  • Faith and Doubt: Richard Rohr describes spiritual development as a three-stage process: from order to disorder to reordering. Many of us were raised with a set of beliefs about God, the Bible, and the world (order), but it is important to question these beliefs (disorder) for the purpose of arriving at a mature, life-giving faith (reordering). Join Brock Bahler in a study that will explore the role of doubt and questioning in the life of faith. Discussion topics may include inquiries about the nature of faith, God, and the Bible, but we will also concern ourselves with how this process of questioning shapes our posture toward others and the world. Time and location TBA. 
  • Lectionary Psalms: Join Lee Scott as together we will look at the Psalms that the Lectionary leads us into through the seasons of Epiphany and Lent.  The Psalms in their Hebrew poetry capture the deep range of human emotion and are filled with, lament, worship, confession, hope, anger and trust in God.   1656 Jancey street, Tuesdays from 6:30-8pm


April 23 –June 16

  • “Know yourself that you may know God.” Join us on Wednesdays April 25th – June 13th from 5:30 pm- 7pm at 134 Stratford Avenue. We will be exploring ways to learn more about ourselves and the ways we respond to the world around us, using tools such as the enneagram, Myers-Briggs, journaling and self-reflection.  Childcare is available.  Feel free to bring your dinner.  Contact if interested: Jennifer McCaslin at or Stephanie Bell at
  • The Christian Practice of Contemplation: Join BJ Woodworth on Tuesday nights from 7-8:30pm as we explore how cultivate our God-given capacity to commune with God in the silence of the heart.  Through the use of Martin Laird’s book, Into the Silent Land we will explore the use of a prayer word, focusing our mind amidst distractions, attending to our breath, and cultivating stillness.  Laird says, “We are built for contemplation” so whether you are a beginner or a practiced contemplative you will find opportunity to deepen your practice.
  • The Serving Leader -Becoming a servant leader in your life and work: Join John Stahl-Wert, Ken Jennings and Heather Hyde Jennings on Saturday mornings at 6955 and 7215 Thomas Blvd. in exploring together the principles of Servant Leadership and how to apply them at work and at home. Ken, Heather, and John have studied and benchmarked the most impactful, positive and purposeful leadership practices being demonstrated by effective leaders around the world — which directly reflect the teachings of Jesus on leadership — and will share these practices in everyday scenarios and simple disciplines. We will spend time learning from one another, praying together, and talking through specific scenarios you face in life and work.