Welcome! We’re so glad you’re here. If you come from a church group known for extraordinarily strict standards, primary emphasis on outward appearance, an “us vs. them” mindset, authoritarianism, and pressuring conformity via fear and shame, then these groups were made for you. Our primary purpose is to help you parse out the historic faith from hyper-fundamentalism and remove the weights that extra-biblical tradition have added to the genuine gospel of grace.
We understand that moving away from hyper-fundamentalism often results in the loss of many friendships. As such, it can be an extremely lonely season. Our community groups are designed to connect you with fellow believers who have walked where you walk and who will provide compassionate support and encouragement. May you find strength in knowing that you are not alone and find courage to unravel truth from falsehood under the illuminating light of God’s Word.
Please note: Community groups are part of our premium content, and as such, are on a donation basis (any amount, $35 suggested). Scholarships can be applied for by those who are not able to make a donation. All donations go towards the ministry of Berean Holiness. We greatly appreciate your generosity as we grow into a nonprofit organization and endeavor to better serve/support fellow believers through difficult transitions.
- The Oneness Apostolic Gospel Vs. The Biblical Gospel
- Holiness Standards: What Does God Require of Christians for Personal Holiness?
- Galatians Bible Study: Saved By Grace Not By Works
- Unraveling The Threefold Cord of Apostolic Identity
- Book Study: The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse
- A Time to Heal: Finding Healing from Church Hurt, Spiritual Abuse, and Disillusionment
- Apply for a Scholarship
- Sign-up for a Community Group
Community Groups: Fall 2022
The Oneness Apostolic Gospel Vs. The Biblical Gospel
Brock & Jenna Carroll
- Tuesday at 5 PM (Central Time)
- Start Date: September 6
- End Date: October 25 (8 weeks)
Holiness Standards: What Does God Require of Christians for Personal Holiness?
- Thursday 6:30 (Central Time)
- Start Date: September 1
- End Date: October 6
About the Group: Have you ever wondered why you believe what you believe? Are you uncertain about Holiness standards? This group will enjoy an overview of the most widely held beliefs amongst Holiness and Pentecostal churches commonly referred to as Holiness standards. If you are curious about the origin and biblical precedent, or want to know the true standard of holiness that all Christians must follow, please join us for a weekly study of these topics. You can expect us to look intently at various passages of scripture commonly used in relation to Holiness standards and study them in their original historical and biblical context. At the conclusion of our study, we will learn that Christ is himself the ultimate standard of holiness before God, as well as how to love our brothers and sisters in Christ whether or not they differ from us. This will aim to be a safe place for you to explore answers to questions that many would say ought not to be asked. Questions are encouraged and love is required!
About the Leader: Aaron Beverly is a 30-year-old husband and father of one. Raised in a devoutly Pentecostal Holiness home from birth, Aaron began a true and consistent walk with God during his first year at community college around the age of 19. Shortly thereafter, he surrendered to preaching ministry and continued to minister regularly to churches, youth groups, and nursing facilities. Immediately after marrying his wife Amber at the age of 25, Aaron served as the interim pastor for a small church for the span of a year and a half. During this time, issues Aaron had with Pentecostal Holiness doctrine compared to what he found in his personal study of the Bible came to a head. After careful consideration and seeking wise counsel, Aaron and Amber left their Pentecostal Holiness church after a respectful discussion with their pastor and began attending King’s Cross Church in December 2020 and became members in December 2021. He has recently been recommended by the church elders for Aspire, a program designated for raising up men to qualify for leadership roles in the church and to be effective servants to the body. Aaron is passionate about teaching and preaching the word of God and yearns to bring help and healing to those in the Holiness movement(s).
Galatians Bible Study: Saved By Grace Not By Works
- Tuesday at 6:30 PM (Central Time)
- Start Date: August 16
- End Date: September 20 (6 weeks)
Recommended Resource: PDF or Physical Copy
Unraveling The Threefold Cord of Apostolic Identity
- Monday at 6 PM (Central Time)
- Start Date: August 15
- End Date: October 3 (8 weeks)
About the Group: The purpose of the group is to dismantle the 3 main distinctives of the UPC (United Pentecostal Church). A very famous sermon listed Holiness Standards, New Birth, and the Oneness of God as the threefold cord of Apostolic Identity.
About the Leader: My name is Jonah McElhaney, I spent 14 years in the UPC, 11 of those years were spent involved in different ministries. I was a youth pastor, a hyphen (young adults) director, and I served in various assistant positions within the church.
In late 2019 and into early 2020 I began to realize that I had some serious issues with the Holiness Standards that we taught. By March of 2020 I began questioning everything. During the covid shut downs I was able to study more than I usually can and it was during this time that I can to realize that the teachings of the UPCI were false. My wife and I left in September of 2020 with our two kids and are now involved in a healthy non-denominational church where we are continuing to learn and grow.
Book Study: The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse
- Thursday at 7 PM (Central Time)
- Start Date: August 18
- End Date: October 6 (8 weeks)
About the Group: “Spiritual abuse occurs when someone is treated in a way that damages them spiritually. As a deeper result, their relationship with God — or that part of them that is capable of having a relationship with God— becomes wounded and scarred. As this book unfolds we will illustrate various ways in which this happens and offer help to those who have experienced this form of abuse.” —The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse by David Johnson and Jeff Van Vonderen
About the Leader: Tracy Bowen was raised, and married, within the Conservative Holiness Movement. God has faithfully led her family to where they are today as Pastors at Christ Fellowship in South Florida. Over the past few years she has become increasingly aware of the importance of helping those impacted by abusive and toxic religious environments.
Resource: The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse (David Johnson and Jeff Van Vonderen)
Due to this group being a book study, having access to the book is important. You may be able to find it at your local library or through an online library.
A Time to Heal: Finding Healing from Church Hurt, Spiritual Abuse, and Disillusionment
- Tuesday at 6:30 PM (Central Time)
- Start Date: August 30
- End Date: October 4 (6 weeks)
About the Group: In Ecclesiastes 3, King Solomon wrote that there are many different times and seasons to life. One of the seasons he mentioned is a time to HEAL. When Jesus began His earthly ministry, He stated that among the many things He came to do was to heal the broken hearted and to bring liberty to those that were in bondage and captivity.
Maybe you’ve become overburdened with performance based dogma and religion. You may find yourself feeling disillusioned with church; perhaps even with God, and you’re on the brink of giving up. Maybe you’ve done your best to live up to every standard and follow every rule, yet you still don’t feel accepted and loved by God.
The aim of this group is to be a safe place to connect or perhaps reconnect with a loving Savior who offers abundant grace and mercy through relationship with Him. We will explore topics such as emotional healing, mercy and not sacrifice, and freedom from performance based acceptance together over a period of six weeks.
After Bible College, I went through a rough time of confusion and resentment; much of which was rooted in a faulty concept of God and issues from my childhood that had never been properly addressed.
Community groups are part of our premium content, and as such, are on a donation basis (any amount, $35 suggested). Scholarships can be applied for by those who are not able to make a donation. All donations go towards the ministry of Berean Holiness. We greatly appreciate your generosity as we grow into a nonprofit organization and endeavor to better serve/support fellow believers through difficult transitions.