The Anchor
Women's Small Group Ministry

"We loved you so much that we were delighted to share not only the Gospel but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us." 1 Thessalonians 2:8

As the small group ministry for women at Christ Covenant, the Anchor provides a place for women to study God’s Word in the context of a small group which meets for the purpose of growing to spiritual maturity. The emphasis is on building relationships in the church that help women to grow in knowledge and grace as they do life together.

At Christ Covenant, our focus in 2016 is worship. This focus on worship is the first of the four pillars, or values, that undergird our purpose and vision as a church family. Specifically, our focus this year is “A Year of Knowing God through Praise and Prayer," a theme taken from Psalm 65:1-2.  Pastor Ross will be preaching through the first 15 chapters of Exodus in the late summer/early fall with a focus on God's calling of His people out of Egypt so that they might worship Him.

Our goal in our Anchor Small Group Ministry is to help women to lean into the year’s focus by tracking with our pastors and elders in our study. Toward that end, we will be studying the Old Testament, primarily Exodus, using Nancy Guthrie's Behold The Lamb.Nancy was with us in October for the TRANSFORMED CHARLOTTE conference, so we're excited to be getting to know her a bit better through this Bible study. During these weeks, we expect to "gain a fresh perspective on the story of Israel's deliverance and journey, a broader understanding of Jesus as the fulfillment of Scripture and much more" as we join with our sisters in small groups on a journey to see Jesus and worship Him through the pages of the Old Testament!

Winter 2017 Session
Romans: The Gift of God & in View of God’s Mercy
Tim Keller writes this two-part study of the book of Romans, helping us to understand one of the most read, most written-about books of the Bible. And, as each lesson enables us to unwrap God’s precious gift of right standing with Him, we will be transformed in our hearts, lives, identities and perspectives. This wonderful letter will help us to see why and how to live in view of God’s mercy!

Meeting Days/Times
Small groups meet weekly. On-campus groups meet Tuesday mornings (with childcare available) and Tuesday evenings. Satellite groups meet in various places and at various days/times around the city.

Class Groups
• Tuesday, 10am-noon (on campus)
• Tuesday, 6:30-8:30pm (on campus)

Satellite Groups (include video/audio devotion)
• Wednesday, 8:15am (on campus) FULL
• Wednesday, 8:30am (on campus)
• Wednesday, 11:30am (on campus - CCC staff)
• Wednesday, 5:30pm (Reformed Theological Seminary campus)
• Thursday, 7:00pm (on campus)

Structure of the Anchor

  • Childcare is available during the Tuesday morning class for children 4 months–preschool as well as an elementary age Homeschooled Room*! Children will enjoy age appropriate activities such as a Bible lesson and memory verse. Space is limited! To secure your child’s spot you must register when you register for your class (below).
    *Availability of an elementary age Homeschool Room assumes a minimum of five children enroll.
  • Anchor small groups have trained leaders who facilitate small group discussion and seek to invest in the lives of the women in their groups.
  • The Tuesday Class Groups are made up of multiple small groups. These small groups will meet first and then all come together to hear a devotion.
  • Anchor Satellite Groups meet in various places (on campus, in homes, etc.) and at various days/times. These groups meet together for small group and then members either watch the video devotion together or watch/listen on their own time before the next meeting.
  • Small groups are not necessarily assembled “homogenously.” In other words, some groups have members who are in similar life stages, but others have members who are each at different places in their lives. Our leadership team puts these groups together with much prayer and with input from leaders.
  • Small groups are encouraged to stay together for as long as three years, with a commitment to “multiplying” at the end of that time.
  • All Anchor small groups are studying the same course. Their study includes a personal study guide, a small group experience, and a devotion delivered by a teacher each week.

Participants in the Anchor are asked to:

  • Commit to their own personal study of God’s Word each week.
  • Make the small group gathering and listening to the lecture a priority.
  • Commit to investing in the lives of the women in their small group.

Registration Fee
The Anchor registration fee basically covers operating costs for the ministry. This ministry is self-supporting; in other words, the church operating budget does not underwrite any portion of the ministry. Costs incurred are primarily related to childcare but also include administrative costs, copies, coffee and snacks, etc.
  The fee is $60 for the year (October – April).


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Questions about Anchor?
Contact Susan Shepherd at

Questions regarding childcare?
Contact Mindy Thornton at 704-708-6133 or

If you are looking for a Bible study, which is primarily our teaching ministry to women, visit the Women’s Bible Study page.

If you are looking for a mentoring ministry, visit our Merea webpage. This ministry meets once a month and is primarily a mentoring ministry.

If you are looking for a book study, visit our Titus 2 (T2) webpage. We have groups that meet at various times and study various books. The list of books and group times is on the webpage.



Winter 2017
Anchor Resources

Audio Lessons

#1 (1/17): Listen
#2 (1/24): Listen
#3 (1/31): Listen
#4 (2/7): Listen
#5 (2/14): Listen
#6 (2/21): Listen
#7 (3/7): Listen
#8 (3/14): Listen
#9 (3/21): Listen
#10 (3/28): Listen
#11 (4/4): Audio | Video
#12 (4/18): Listen
#13 (4/25): Listen

Fall 2016
Anchor Resources

Audio Lessons

Intro (10/4): Listen
#1 (10/11): Listen
#2 (10/18): Listen
#3 (10/25): Listen
#4 (11/1): Listen
#5 (11/8): Listen
#6 (11/15): Listen
#7 (11/29): Listen