Classes and Groups

Join one of our classes or groups! Some are more academic, some are for fun or are family-oriented. Most groups run for one semester.

Small Group Classes include:

English Conversation Group
There are a variety of opportunities for volunteers and students to interact in a small group setting. English Conversation Groups are one of our most popular for the students. English conversation groups meet weekly while schools are in session, giving internationals a chance to practice their spoken English, interact with native-speaker volunteers, and learn about local and national culture. Class size is usually 3 to 12 persons, and the format is very informal, like chatting with friends. Groups meet Mondays at 6:30 PM, Tuesdays at 7:30 PM, and Thursdays at 6:30 PM. Please call 314-452-6406, for more information.

Bible Discussion Group
Bible Discussion Groups, like English Conversation Groups, meet weekly and are intimate, informal gatherings. They are led by seminary-trained volunteers. International participants receive a bi-lingual Bible to keep and read. If you would like to donate a Bible, or would like to participate in a Bible Discussion Group, please call 314-452-6406. This group meets on Saturdays at 2:00 PM at The DUC.

Mom & Baby Playtime
Many international scholars bring their family with them, since they’ll be here for many months or years. Many young mothers feel very isolated, not knowing the culture and being so far from their extended family for support. Mom & Baby Playtime is an opportunity for them to connect with other international moms in the same situation, and provides a “play date” opportunity for the young children, as well as an opportunity to learn about Jesus. The group meets weekly at a local church for singing, readings from a children’s bible, and other activities such as crafts or outings. Volunteer leaders offer tips on parenting, and encourage and pray for and with group members. To learn more, please contact us at 314-452-6406. This group meets Fridays from 9:30-11:00 AM.

Theology Book Club
At the Theology Book Club, you will learn about and discuss some of the most famous thinkers of Christianity with other international and American students. The Theology Book Club meets once a week.

Friendship Families
Friendship Families (or Friendship Partners) are formed by matching up one or two students or international families with a local family or individual. Then they do things together approximately once or twice per month. Activities can be of your choosing, such as inviting the internationals to your home for a meal or for a holiday celebration, or taking an excursion to see some local sights, like the zoo or going for a hike. All Friendship family hosts sign a covenant that ensures everyone’s safety and alignment with ISM’s mission. If you want to see what it’s like before committing, you may join an existing Friendship Family activity and experience it first hand.




Groups meet at locations around the St. Louis area, including on campuses, in churches, and in private homes. Please email for specific times and locations happening this semester.