Small Groups


Growing in Faith Together

You are invited to take part in group life at Good Shepherd. Whether you are looking for faith support during a hard time or are searching for a small group of people to grow with, we offer a variety of groups for you.

If you have questions or would like to start a new small group, please contact Pastor Dara

Groups for Everyone

Dialogues On: Sexuality
Tuesdays: Jan 15, 22, 29 & Feb 5, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., Madison Campus

You are invited to participate in “Dialogues On: Sexuality”, a 4-session bible study led by Pastor Dara Schuller-Hanson and sponsored by the Reconciling in Christ Task Force. Topics will include: “What are people of God called to do”? “What does it mean to be a Welcoming Church”? “Language, Identity and the Power of Words”. We will engage in conversation about gender and sexuality and learn how to respectfully converse with our peers. Through discussion we will grow in community and relationship with each other.

Dialogues On: Sexuality is a new small group series from Augsburg Fortress to explore sexuality and the church.

Pastor Dara Schuller-Hanson (

Conversations on Faith and Race

Join our monthly conversation about why we, as Christians, need to talk about race and how to do it.  This follow-up to our Witnessing Whiteness series is meant to continue the conversation about racial disparity and why people of faith need to talk about it.

Led by Pastor Dara Schuller-Hanson ( and Susi Petta (

Thursday Noon Bible Study
Join fellow Good Shepherd members in the Good Shepherd Room at the Madison Campus from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. for a weekly small group Bible Study.

Contemplative Life Small Group

If you are interested in developing a more contemplative life for a deeper relationship with God, a small group is here to support you in that journey.  We would love to have you join us to learn about Centering Prayer and other contemplative practices such as meditation, labyrinth, and spiritual disciplines. We will be gathering the 4th Thursday of the month at 6:30pm in the Chapel at Verona to learn together, share, and “sit” together in the wonderful space of silence with our Lord.  All are welcome! Contact Becky Baumbach , or Susi Petta,


Groups for Women

Living Waters 
1st & 3rd Mondays
Madison: Good Shepherd Rm.
Wendi Peters

Ruth Circle 
2nd Mondays
9:00 am
Madison: Good Shepherd Rm.
Polly Carter

Sarah Circle 
3rd Tuesdays
9:00 am
Madison: Good Shepherd Rm.
Ruth Mueller

Naomi Circle
Meets: 3rd Wednesdays, 2:00pm
Place: Hostess homes
Contact: Char Mueller, 212-3990

Soul Food
Meets: Wednesdays, 1:00pm
Place: Madison Campus – Good Shepherd Room
Contact: Diane Charles,

Community Women’s Bible Study
Place: Madison Campus

Contact: Sarah Key,

Live @ 7:45 
Meets: Fridays, 7:45am
Place: Good Shepherd Madison Campus, Good Shepherd Room
Contact: Sara McCormack,

Wine and Word
Meets: Tuesday evenings at 7pm

Place: 4 Sisters Winebar in Verona

Contact: Kris Halverson

Groups for Men

Monday AM Men’s Group 
Meets: Every other Monday, 6:30-7:30 am
Place: Madison Campus – Good Shepherd Rm.
Contact: Randy Dahlinger,

Beer and Bible Men’s Group 
Meets: 2nd and 4th Thursday. 6-7:30pm
Place: Alt N’ Bach’s Town Tap. 2602 Whalen Ln. Madison, WI.
Contact: Pastor Joe Brosious,

Men’s Group
Meets: Wednesdays, 7:15am
Place: Madison Campus – Good Shepherd Rm.

Men’s Group
Meets: Fridays, 6:30am
Place: Verona Campus – lobby
Contact: Nathan Brinkman,

Men’s Group 
Meets: Every Saturday, 8:00am
Place: Madison Campus – Good Shepherd Rm.
Contact: Jeff Kuchenbecker,

Support Groups

Job Transition Group
1st and 3rd Saturdays
Madison: Peterson Hall
Scott Hagen

Divorce Care
Support and discussion for divorced and separated men and women.
Divorce Care sessions are held periodically throughout the year.
Meets: varies
Place: Madison Campus, Good Shepherd Room
Contact:  Good Shepherd office for more information, 271-6633

Grief Support
Grief Sessions are held periodically throughout the year for 5 weeks at a time.

Meets: Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8 pm
Place: Madison Campus
Contact: Lynne Kroger,
or 271-6633 x1080

Infertility & Miscarriage Support
For support and help during this difficult time
Contact: Diane Hanson,, or 848-3822
Or a Pastor, 271-6633