Small Groups Strategy

Small Groups Strategy

Because the Session believes that Small Groups are the best venue for spiritual growth and care, we have been working hard for several months to consider the best way to implement groups moving forward. The reason we believe that groups are such a powerful context for spiritual growth is because it is an environment which combines the ingredients of biblical truth and trusting relationships. God often uses these two things in combination to grow our faith. And we’d love for you to grow.

We also believe that groups are a tremendous environment for congregational care to happen. Many of you have already told me stories about how during tumultuous times, it was the people from your small group who helped you out, took you to doctors appointments, brought you meals, prayed with and for you. Because of the types of friendships which are built in the context of groups, this makes perfect sense. While the Pastors and the Deacons are part of our care system, groups are also an integral component. As our church gets larger, it’s critical that it also get smaller by providing rich relational connections for every member. Groups can do that.

As we head towards fall, you will be hearing more and more about two types of new groups we are forming:

Micro Groups are 3-4 people of the same gender who typically gather every other week at a mutually convenient time (coffee before work, lunchtime, etc.) for an initial season of about 5 months. Biblically oriented material is provided to guide your conversation. Micro Groups provide more flexible scheduling than traditional small groups and often go deeper faster because they are same-gender groups.  They can meet at restaurants, the church or in homes.

Community Groups (currently called Life Groups) are groups of 4-12 people who typically gather every other week for an initial season of 5-9 months (often in a home), or every week for 3-4 months (think Sunday School hour or Wednesday night programming). Biblically oriented material is provided to guide your conversation.

A listing of small group options will be available in the month of August. If you are interested in starting a Micro or Community Group for this fall, please contact Rob Burns as soon as possible.