Two Opportunities to Serve Columbia

It may not feel like it, but we are officially six days into spring! The icy cold of the winter season slows us down in many ways, and certainly in the area of community service.  But new seasons bring new opportunities to serve, and in a city that has many needs there is always a way for Karis Church to volunteer within our city and show the love of Christ to our neighbors through faithful service, hard work, and new friendships.

Are you looking for ways to serve your Columbia neighbors this spring? There are two options available to you right now! 

Karis Church Easter Egg Hunt

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This Saturday morning, Karis Church will be hosting our very first Egg Hunting Event. In an attempt to include all kinds of local families, we will be offering two egg hunts at 9 AM and 10:30 AM, with the earlier event specifically reserved for children with special needs. While we expect that many Karis parents will be hunting for eggs with their children, we do ask you to consider serving as a volunteer at this event. Volunteers should expect to arrive at 7:30 AM on Saturday morning and should be dismissed no later than noon. All volunteers will receive instructions on their volunteer positions, which includes everything from working the registration and coffee table to helping set and re-set eggs to assisting kids as they hunt for eggs. Please register here to serve as a volunteer. Easter egg hunts are a great way to show our neighborhood that we care about their families, and make it easy to meet new parents who might be looking for a church to visit the next morning on Easter Sunday. We suggest that Karis families split responsibilities for the morning, with one parent volunteering during the event while the other parent helps their own children during the egg hunt. We ask that all volunteers be signed up by Thursday, March 29th, so register to serve ASAP!



Once again, Karis Church will be serving alongside the local organization ForColumbia. On April 28th, 50+ Christian churches will complete various service projects around our city, and there are jobs that volunteers of any age or ability level can do. The ForColumbia event doesn't just impact our community in a practical way - it also gives our city a glimpse of the unified Bride of Christ serving together as one despite our many denominational/theological differences. ForColumbia has a significant and positive impact on our town every year, and we hope you'll join us and sign up to serve! Please check out their website to sign up, but don't delay! Registration will end soon. 

Karis Church, will you help us serve our community at both of these events as we seek to be in the city, and for the city?

As always, any questions about events and serving can be sent to

Grow Deeper with Karis Church

One way the Lord has used Karis Church is in developing kingdom leaders. We're always looking for ways to improve the ways we equip budding leaders in our church. We're excited about our leadership development lineup for this fall. Maybe you don't see yourself as a leader. Meanwhile, you're influencing people all around you all the time. The Lord also might just want to take you further than you'd imagine. 

Lead School

Desire to grow deeper theologically? Karis Lead School will meet twice a month this year on Sunday nights beginning September 11th at Karis Westside (1703 W. Worley). First, join us as we walk through 20 essential truths every believer should know and enjoy. Various Karis Church elders and teachers will guide us through one truth each session. We'll utilize this resource by Wayne Grudem. You can buy it and read along if you'd like. We'll even provide optional readings in his larger theology text. There is also an additional workbook that is highly recommended. However, no outside reading is required. Some will come to every session and do all of the reading. Others will come only occasionally as they can. It's up to you. Get ready to grow.

But that's not all. Second, each Lead School session will include two blocks - one from 6-7 and one from 7-8. Come to both of them or just one. Again, it's up to you. However, that second block will include some more practical topics that may interest you (although those theological topics are HIGHLY practical, let the reader understand). We'll cover things like:

  • Gospel-Centered Health and Fitness
  • Communication and Conflict in Marriage
  • Biblical Accountability Relationships
  • Managing Your Money
  • Leading Your Little Ones to Jesus
  • Are There Many Ways to God?
  • Jesus and Our Jobs
  • Glorifying God in Singlehood
  • Christ and Culture
  • and much, much more!

This will be an exciting year of going deeper in the gospel. We're also doing everything we can to set up childcare for parents this year. Let us know if you'd utilize that. Contact Rachelle Cox for more information.


Karis Church will again launch Porterbrook cohorts this fall. Porterbrook Learning is a fantastic in-church, missional-theological curriculum developed by friends in the United Kingdom. God has used Porterbrook to develop and deepen leaders in our church for almost ten years. We can't recommend it highly enough. You can learn more about it here. We are eligible for a fantastic Acts 29 discount. There will be at least one women's and one men's cohort this fall. Contact Timothy Hixon for more information.


You've asked for this for years, and it's finally coming. Karis Church is launching its first Biblical Greek class. This will equip budding Bible preachers and teachers to understand the New Testament's language and utilize it in their study. The class is free. You'll just need to purchase Mounce's textbook and workbook. We'll meet at the Karis offices downtown on Tuesdays at 6:30 a.m. As you'd imagine, learning a language takes significant commitment. However, we are spreading out what's often a semester class over a full year, so that will make it more manageable. Contact Timothy Hixon again for more info.

Want more information about Karis and leadership development. Email here for more information.