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Connect Groups

Getting connected with God, each other, and the world.

Connect Groups

At Riverdale Church, we are committed to helping people develop deeper relationships with God, each other, and the world around us. We firmly believe that getting involved with a Connect group is one of the best ways to accomplish this!

Connect groups run on a session basis. We offer a fall, winter and spring session. Each session runs approximately 8-10 weeks. There are always a variety of groups to choose from. You can join a new group each session, or you may choose to stick with the same Connect group throughout the year. Each connect group we currently offer will be listed below.

For more information about groups, contact Pastor Christy at christy@riverdalechurch.com

Sunday Nights

Group Study: Financial Peace University

Group Leader: Kat Walstrom 

Time: Sundays, 6-8:00pm, Sep 20-Nov15th 

Location: Riverdale Church

Group Study: Financial Peace University

Financial Peace University (FPU) is the nine-lesson class that will teach you how to pay off debt, save money and invest for your future. You’ll also connect with others, just like you who can hold you accountable, encourage you, and celebrate your progress!

Financial Peace University does require purchasing a FPU membership. The cost of the class is $129.99 and lasts for one year. It also includes the EveryDollar Plus budgeting app (a $99 value) and plenty of other amazing tools. After a year, you can renew your membership for $99/year.

Is the cost worth it?! If you put the lessons you learn into action, you will get your money back and gain a whole lot more in the process!

To find out more info and to register, click this link to our events page.

You and me forever - Marriage Study

Group Leaders: Pam & Russ Richner 

Time: Sundays, 6:00-7:30pm, Sep 20- Nov 8

Location: Riverdale Church

Group Study: “You and Me Forever”  

Group capacity: 12 people

Marriage is great, but it's not forever. It's until death do us part. Then come eternal rewards or regrets depending on how we spent our lives.

Pastor and best selling author, Francis Chan joins together with his wife Lisa to address the question many couples wonder at the altar: “How do I have a healthy marriage?” Setting aside typical topics on marriage, Francis and Lisa dive into Scripture to understand what it means to have a relationship that satisfies the deepest parts of our souls.

To find out more info and to register, click this link to our events page.

All the places to go… how will you know? - Virtual Group

Group Leaders: Tim & Vicki Atkinson  

Time:  Sundays, 6-7pm, Sep 20-Nov 8

Location:  Virtual Group

Group Study: “All the Places to Go… How Will You Know?”

Very rarely in the Bible does God command someone to “stay.” He opens a door, and then he invites us to walk through it—into the unknown. And how we choose to respond will ultimately determine the lives we will lead and the people we will become.

Bestselling author John Ortberg opens our eyes to the countless open doors God places before us every day, teaches us how to recognize them, and gives us the encouragement to step out in faith and embrace all of the extraordinary opportunities that await.

* This study will use videos from RightNow Media. It will also meet online via ZOOM. Purchasing a book is optional

To find out more info and to register, click this link to our events page.

Tuesday Nights

All Sides of The Savior - In Home Group

Group Leader: Scott Englar 

Time: Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00pm, Sep 22-Nov 17  

Location: HOME GROUP * Brooklyn Park

Group Study: All Sides of The Savior

As Christians, we often like to think of Christ in the context of the powerful God (i.e. Lion of Judah) that He is. And we are right to see Him this way! But, if we really want to understand him at our level, and if we want to grow in our understanding of this “Three-in-one God” that we have put our eternal hope in, then we really need to get a better understanding of how He could be fully human. In this group, we will be engaging with some interesting questions that are often hard for us to understand. There will be some thought-provoking discussion that will encourage us to seek a deeper relationship with our Lord and Savior.

This group will meet at the Englar’s home in Brooklyn Park, MN. Group capacity is 8 people. Masks are not required.

To find out more info and to register, click this link to our events page.

Jesus and Women - Virtual Group

Group Leader: Sarah Mohr

Time: Tuesdays, 7pm-8:30pm, Sep 22- Nov 10

Location: Virtual Women’s Group

Group Study: “Jesus and Women”

Imagine walking the dusty roads of Galilee with Jesus of Nazareth—braving jostling crowds just to touch the edge of His cloak and hear Him say, “Take heart, daughter, your faith has healed you.”


Those words, once meant to comfort a hurting woman’s soul thousands of years ago, were also meant for you.


Join biblical culturalist Kristi McLelland on those dusty roads as she transports you back to Jesus’ world, following in the footsteps of the women who came face-to-face with the Living God. Over 7 sessions, examine the historical and cultural climate of first-century Middle Eastern society to not only understand Jesus more deeply but to fuel your worship of Him today

*This group will require watching a 50-60 minute video each week before participation in a group ZOOM discussion. Purchasing a copy of the book “Jesus and Women” is highly recommended

To find out more info and to register, click this link to our events page.

Am I The Only one - Men's momentum Group

Group Leader: Rich Wolters 

Time: Tuesdays, 6pm, Sep 22-Nov 17

Location: Riverdale Church

Group: Am I The Only One? * Momentum Men’s Group

The Momentum Men's Ministry will be working through a biblically based study called: "Am I the Only One?" Rich Wolters will lead the study on Tuesday nights at Riverdale Church at 6pm. It will focus on the areas of life where we often feel like we are the only ones struggling, or maybe we believe we are struggling a lot more than the next guy. 

Throughout the study, we will work to break down the lies associated with Anger, Shame, Finances, Marriage, Fatherhood, and Loneliness. In the process, we will realign ourselves with God's true direction for our lives. 

  • There will not be any extra materials needed for the study. However, feel free to bring a notebook and pen to take notes.

To find out more info and to register, click this link to our events page.

Wednesday Nights

New Testament Survey - Part 1

Group Leader: Pastor Rick Santiago

Time: Wednesday, 7:00-8:15, Sep 23-Nov 11

Location: Riverdale Church

Group Study: New Testament Survey - Part 1

Group capacity: 16 people

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take a Bible College course? Well if you are up for a challenge, then this New Testament Survey class is for you! This class will highlight the main themes found in each individual book in the New Testament. Participants will learn to consider the author, audience, structure and major themes found in each book. At the end of this course (part 1 and 2), participants should be able to see how the entire New Testament points to Jesus as the Lord of the universe, the Savior of his people, and the fulfillment of all of God’s promises.   

This class will require fairly intensive Bible reading and daily home-work. A good Study-Bible is highly recommended. It will also require purchasing the book: “Introducing The New Testament: A Short Guide to its History and Message” ($15.00)

* Note - you will pay for and receive the book in class. 

To find out more info and to register, click this link to our events page.

Believing Jesus: A Journey Through the Book of Acts - Womens Group

Group leader: Christy Engelhart 

Time: Wednesdays, 7:00-8:15pm, Sep 23-Nov 18

Location: Riverdale Church 

Group Study: “Believing Jesus: A Journey Through the Book of Acts”  *Women’s Group

Group Capacity: 16 people

The disciples didn't have much of a road map after Jesus ascended to heaven, but God's grace and spirit filled in the gaps as they moved forward. It required their willingness to risk everything to establish a new community that would change the future world. Are you willing to risk everything? 


Video Sessions Include:

The Declarations that Define Us 

Earth, Wind, and Celestial Fire 

Checkered Pasts Can Make Incredible Preachers 

What’s Mine Is Yours 

Loving More People, More 

The Need to Be ReGospeled 

Turning Your World Upside Down 

Bearing the Chain Because 

* To get the most out of this study, purchasing the “Believing Jesus” study guide is strongly recommended. You can find the study guide at christianbook.com, lifeway.com, or amazon.com

To find out more info and to register, click this link to our events page.

The essentials oF Transformational Prayer

Group Leader: Joe Laux 

Time: Wednesdays, 7:00-8:15pm, Sep 23-Nov 11

Location: Riverdale Church

Group Study: Transformational Prayer

Group Capacity: 16 people

Romans 12:2 tells us not to copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform us into a new person by changing the way we think. For a Christ Follower, this is how we should live our life. But, do you ever find yourself stuck in self-defeating patterns that don’t make sense? Through transformational prayer we will equip you to participate with God as He refines your faith, renews Your mind and transforms you into His likeness. Will you join us?

To find out more info and to register, click this link to our events page.