Adult Ministry


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Small Groups

Small Groups – Sunday Mornings at 9:00AM (NEW TIME – 9:30 beginning August 3, 2014)


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 profile of each of our adult small groups. (Includes 7 Essentials of a Small Group.)

Here is a quick reference guide for each small group offered at 9:00 (for all ages) and it’s location.

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.

We’ll wrap up our Spring classes on June 18 and take a break for the summer. We’ll resume our Fall session August 6th!


Leader: Glenn Starnes   Room 215

This is an in-depth study of a Book of the Bible. This class has a time for interactive Bible study and prayer.

ORDINARY MEN 6-7:00 p.m.

Leader: Rusty Connelly   Room 212

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 for fun and fellowship.

DIVORCE CARE 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Leaders: Larry and Diana Boggess   Room 319    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 and 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! If childcare is needed, please call Kathy at the Adult Education Office at 586-8665 ex. 210.


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. .

Stay tuned for summer activities!

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 

Girl’s Night Out! Come Just As You Are


Join us for an evening of fellowship, teaching and fun as we eat together and enjoy teaching by Rachel Lovingood. Rachel and her neighbor will share their journey from awkward mailbox conversations to trusted friendship and discipleship.

All women, young ladies and teens are welcome!

August 15, 6pm, $10

Summer Session 2014 – Open to all women!

  • Beth Moore’s Children of the Day
  • Childcare provided through 5th grade
  • 9:30-11:00
  • In Fellowship Hall
  • Book is $16

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 9:00-11:30AM

We begin at 9 am for a time of fellowship, then worship and Bible study. We have small groups during some studies when time allows. Childcare is provided for newborns through 5th graders each week. There are also some middle school aged homeschoolers who hang out in a room near Bible Study as well.

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

We meet in the west wing in room 312.

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.

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.

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.