Adult Ministry


Small Groups

Small Groups – Sunday Mornings at 9:30AM


All Christians need a group of fellow believers who can come alongside them to strengthen and encourage. Here at Manley, we believe you can find that fellowship in our Small Groups. By making the connection in a small group, you are forming friendships and bonds with people who will share in your life struggles and victories. Our Sunday small groups are where true intimate ministry happens. This is where long-term relationships are built and care for each member is encouraged and experienced.

We offer a wide variety of groups full of people who find themselves in different situations of life. Whether you are single, married, parenting, single again, or retired, there’s a place for you to make a connection and to be a part of the body of Christ.  Our Mission as a church is for each person to be a fully developing follower of Jesus Christ. Being connected in a small group is a critical first step in achieving this Mission.

Here is a quick reference guide for each small group offered at 9:30 (for all ages) and it’s location.

Here is a profile of all adult small groups.

You may contact our Adult Pastor, Glenn Starnes, at 423-586-8665, ext 220 or  send an e-mail via our Contact Us form to submit any questions.

LIFE Classes

LIFE Classes – Wednesday Evenings at 6:00PM

Wednesday night Life classes are short-term, topic driven classes/groups directed toward discipleship. We typically run 13 week sessions with a 6-8 week session in the Summer. Areas of interest include parenting, finance, spiritual growth, relationship building, marriage strengthening, divorce recovery, grief recovery and specific Bible book studies are some of topics used in the classes. We offer classes with topics related to women only, classes for men only and classes appealing to both men and women.

Our Wednesday Life classes differ from our Sunday small groups in that the class leader, topic and group members may vary from quarter to quarter depending upon their interest and the topic discussed.



INTERNATIONALS-Women   6:00p.m.   Room 317 WW  

Leader:  Jan Hinson 

This is a Bible Study and English conversation class for all nationalities.  The class is open to all ladies that would like to attend.


GRACE FOR THE GOOD GIRL  6:00p.m.  Rm 207 (Starting September 3)

by Emily P. Freeman          

Leaders: Becky Fields/Amy Rumph

Cost: kindle $9.39,  paperback book  $12.00

Many of us believe that we are saved by grace–but for too many, that’s the last time grace defines our life. Instead of clinging to grace, we strive for good and believe that the Christian life means hard work and a sweet disposition. As good girls, we focus on the things we can handle, our disciplined lives, and our unshakable good moods. When we fail to measure up to our own impossible standards, we hide behind our good girl masks, determined to keep our weakness a secret.
In Grace for the Good Girl, Emily Freeman invites women to let go of the try-hard life and realize that in Christ we are free to receive from him rather than constantly try to achieve for him. With an open hand and a whimsical style, Emily uncovers the truth about the hiding, encouraging women to move from hiding behind girl-made masks and do-good performances to a life hidden with Christ in God.


BIBLE STUDY/PRAYER  6-7:00 p.m.   Room 215

Leader:  Glenn Starnes                                    

This is an in-depth Bible study on a Book of the Bible for people in any stage of spiritual growth. This class has a time for Bible study and prayer.


MANLEY NEW MEMBER CLASS  SUNDAYS  5-7:00 p.m.  Fellowship Hall  

Leader:  Pastor Tony Buchanan                                              

This session is open to anyone interested in becoming a part of our church family.  The classes are on the SECOND Sunday evening of every quarter at 5:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall of the main building. The next class will be September 14th. A meal will be provided. If childcare is needed, please call Kathy at the Education Office at 586-8665 ex. 210.


GRIEF SHARE  6-7:00 p.m.  Room 203  

Leaders:  Tim & Lisa Balough                         

It may be hard for you to feel optimistic about the future right now.   If you’ve lost a spouse, child,  family member or friend, you’ve probably found that there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel.  That’s the reason for Grief Share, a special seminar and support group for people grieving the loss of someone close.  This group is sponsored by people who understand what you are experiencing and want to offer you comfort and encouragement during this difficult time.  Each Grief Share session includes a video seminar and group discussion.  A Grief Share workbook assists you with note-taking, journaling and grief study.  The videos feature top experts on grief recovery, dramatic reenactments about living with grief and real-life stories of people who have experienced a recent loss, learn about their experiences and share your own.  Grief Share is a nondenominational group and features biblical teaching on grief and recovery topics.


DIVORCE CARE 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.  Room 319 WW  

Leader:  Larry and Diana Boggess         Cost $ 6.00    

This support group is for those recovering from divorce.  Topics that will be addressed are key issues everyone struggles with during and after a separation or divorce.  Group members will learn once again what it means to be loved and will rediscover the purpose of life. The Divorce Care group and videotapes help people deeply hurt by divorce to heal, to develop a hope for the future.  You are encouraged to become active and committed to your Divorce Care group, and look expectantly at what God can do in your life!

LOCATION: Finding your way around the Bible  6:00p.m.  Room 305

Leader: Jill Whitaker

The focus of this class will be familiarization, not memorization.  In this class we will focus on finding the books of the Bible.  The first few weeks of class will be dedicated to dividing the Bible into 4 equal sections and making book marks to have a visual of where each section begins and ends. We will then learn each book that is located within each section using rhymes or other simple, easy to remember phrases. Each participant will learn to locate any given book in a short time and also know what book comes immediately before and after the given book. We will also learn more popular key passages and their locations. This is an ideal class for those beginning their journey with Christ.


ORDINARY MENGrowing in God’s Word  6:00p.m.  Room 212

Leader:  Rusty Connelly 

Ordinary Men is designed to offer every man a comfortable environment where they can be themselves while growing closer to each other, and to God.  We study God’s word and how it applies to each of us becoming the man God has called us to be.

We will discuss topics specific to struggles men often face, and hold each other to be accountable to our wives, children, church, community, and the world.  Our desire is to grow from being an “Ordinary Man” to a “Kingdom Man”.   Join us each Wednesday at 6:00 pm in room 212 for fun and fellowship.


CHILDREN OF THE DAY  by Beth Moore   6-7:00 p.m.  Room 312

Led by Leslie Grigsby & Brenda Tenpenny  Cost $16

Join Beth Moore and walk the shores of Thessalonica with this verse-by-verse Bible study of 1 and 2 Thessalonians. During this nine week study, you’ll learn how to let go of past mistakes and discover your circumstances are not coincidental – God’s timing is impeccable! Whether you’re facing family crises, medical diagnoses, relationship troubles, doubts, or fears, you’ll come away encouraged that even though it may not feel that way, you are exactly where Christ wants you to be!

“You are children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.” 1 Thessalonians 5:5

  • Biblically rooted and gospel­-centered teaching
  • Personal study segments – 8 weeks with 5 days each
  • Greek word studies included in homework
  • Interactive activities for the individual     student as she completes homework

A 28-day challenge (beginning week 5) that women may choose to participate in as they complete the final weeks of Bible study

Support Groups

These are three Support Group Ministries that meet each week on Wednesdays at 6 pm.

Celebrate Recovery (Manley information) meets Thursdays from 6-9 pm

You may contact our Adult Pastor, Glenn Starnes, at 423-586-8665, ext 220 or  send an e-mail via our Contact Us form to submit any questions about these groups.

Singles Ministry

shutterstock_80792494Welcome to the Adult Singles Ministry at Manley Baptist Church!  It is the goal of our ministry to help singles grow in their faith while providing a healthy social atmosphere for Christian fellowship.  Our class meets Sunday mornings at 9:45am in room 309 in the West Wing building.  We invite you to visit our class or to participate in any of the activities listed below.  For more information about the Singles Ministry or upcoming fellowship opportunities, please contact Jason Chadwell at: (423) 581-0737 or  send an e-mail via our Contact Us form to submit any questions. .


Women’s Ministry

Thank you for taking the time to check us out on the web. As our name states, we seek to be ‘Women In God’s Service.’

It is our desire to equip women in developing a vibrant, consistent walk with Christ by providing opportunities to study God’s Word and build meaningful relationships. This is the core of what we do!

To contact our Women’s Ministry Director, Brenda Tenpenny or Assistant Director, Leslie Grigsby, you may send an e-mail via our Contact Us form. You may also call the Women’s Ministry Secretary, Pamela Clayton at 423-586-8665, ext. 201 

Wednesday Evening Details:

  • Wednesday Evening Bible Study
  • 6:00PM
  • Sessions will meet according to regular Wednesday night main schedule.
  • Children will be in their classes during this Bible Study time.
  • Rm 312 in the West Wing

Women’s Ministry at-a-Glance


Weekly Prayer Time

Join a group of women Monday mornings at 9:30 AM in the prayer room (in the new building) as we join in prayer.

Tuesday Morning Bible Studies 9:30-11:30AM

We begin at 9:00 am for a time of fellowship, then at 9:30, begin worship and Bible study. We have small groups during some studies when time allows. Childcare is provided for newborns through 5th graders each week.

Bible studies have included Beth Moore, Kay Arthur, Priscilla Shirer, and other nationally known women’s teachers.

The-Family-of-Jesus-Hardcover-L9781476707372Fall Bible Study Session Details

Wednesday Evening Bible Studies 6:00-7:30PM

These begin at 6 pm each Wednesday and meet in the west wing in room 312 and other locations as well. Childcare is provided each week.

For our Fall Wednesday night session, we’re doing Beth Moore’s Children of the Day.

Special Events

We have some special events like retreats, banquets, Mission Tea, Beth Moore Simulcasts, Festival of Tables, etc.

It is our prayer that you are lavishly-loved, blessed, and encouraged as you join us in study and fellowship!

For more information, send a message via the Contact Us form and select Women’s Ministry.

Mission Brunch


Cookie Swap


Senior Adults

The senior adult ministry at the Manley Baptist Church is a strategic ministry due to the sheer number of persons who are 55 years of age and older.  These “senior saints” hold more potential for more persons to be involved in ministry and mission than any other group in the church. We call ourselves the “Young at Hearts”.

A great number of them have given untold hours and years of leadership, and certainly of their resources, in making Manley the strong church that it is today.  Only eternity will reveal the fruit of their faithful service to the kingdom of God.  We are forever indebted to our senior adults.

The coming year, will give us another chapter in building an even stronger senior adult ministry.  We will be more deliberate in casting a future vision for the next five years and beyond.  There is a wave of new seniors that are moving into the 55+ senior years, and it is our desire to be fully prepared to meet their spiritual needs through a three-step process that will lead all senior adults toward a life of spiritual transformation.  These three steps are identified as loving God, reaching people, and serving the world.

Young At Heart fellowship activities are every last Tuesday of each month in the church Fellowship Hall at 6:00 P.M. except during June, July, August and September when they are at the Spoon Pavilion at Panther Creek State Park.