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As people who have accepted the invitation to a worshipful relationship with God, we naturally want to learn more about what God is like and what God expects of us. We learn these things through the study of the Bible, and by learning together what it means to follow Jesus Christ.

At Southminster, we believe that learning to follow Jesus is best accomplished in the context of Christian community. Jesus gathered disciples to learn from him in a small group of twelve. We help people to learn and grow in their walk with God through small Growth Groups in which people gather for study, prayer, fellowship, mutual care and discussion. Perhaps the greatest gift of these groups is the way they help us put into practice Jesus’ commandment that we love one another. We offer multiple Growth Groups during three trimesters each year.

Click on the links below to learn more about learning opportunities at Southminster.

Children’s Ministry

Youth Ministries

Recordings from Pastor Steve Plunkett's recent class on his book, This We Believe: Eight Truths Presbyterians Affirm are available below.

Growth Groups and Adult Education

Anxiety and Depression Support Groups - 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Adult Lounge

All are welcome, you do not need to be a member to attend this peer-led group. There is no price for admission and you are welcome to drop in anytime. This group is a great way to speak with people, who understand what it is like to live with anxiety and or depression.

Southminster is also involved in cooperative ministry with other congregations and provides additional learning opportunities in the following ways:

Equipping for Ministry Network

Learning Resource Center


In addition to these intentional ministries of Learning, other Community activities take place at Southminster. Please click the appropriate link below to learn more about other ways we learn, care for one another and share God’s gift of community.


Blessing Center

The Blessing Center, which offers spiritual nurture for children, teens and all people, is now a ministry of Southminster Presbyterian Church, 7001 Far Hills Ave., Dayton, OH. Holy Listening is offered, without charge, to children and teenagers in the Miami Valley and periodic classes are held to help parents, pastors and other caregivers grow in their ability to walk with people through the trials of life.

See the Dayton Daily News article of July 27, 2012, "Holy listening tries to hear, help children’s needs".

To make a Holy Listening appointment for a child or teen under 18, contact Pastor Jackie Nowak (937-433-1810, More information about the Blessing Center and the process of Holy Listening can be found at The Blessing Center is a nonprofit, charitable organization.

Fellowship Events

Stephen Ministers

Care and Compassion

Health and Wellness

Prayer and Presence

Welcoming Committee - The Welcoming Committee focuses upon incorporating new members into the life of the church. It has produced a new booklet entitled How Can I Use My Gifts in Ministry? This booklet is available in new member packets and in various other places around the church meeting areas. Click here to fill out a sheet of ministry options.

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