What is a Small Group?
It is a group of individuals who meet together on a regular basis.
What is the purpose of a Small Group?
It is designed to connect people in meaningful relationships to experience and model an authentic biblical community.
Why join a Small Group?
Here are a few of the many reasons.
You will grow in your understanding of the Bible, develop deeper friendships, be supported in times of crisis and change, have a natural way to share Christ with friends, and be living out the New Testament church of Acts 2.
Small groups take many forms in order to meet the varied needs and levels of maturity of our church. Some groups emphasize a structured discipleship process for growing believers; others revolve around service and ministry. Many groups grow out of a common interest or activity. New groups are created as leaders emerge and needs are identified.
The Benefits of Small Groups
The idea of small groups is not a new one. For nearly two thousand years Christians have been meeting together in small groups to study the Bible, share meals, care for one another and pray together. Men and women have discovered a closeness to God and to others and their lives have been transformed because of their involvement with small groups of Christians.
If you're not quite convinced about why you would need something besides the Sunday services, read on! And even if you're already connected to a group, you can always use an encouragement or a reminder, right?
On Sundays, you will no longer feel like a stranger in the crowd. You'll feel connected in spite of the large number of strangers around you. Building relationships in a small group is one of the first steps to making the faces recognizable!
Your small group will be a great support for your journey of life. Your small group can become like family-a "home" away from home. As you build relationships in your small group, you'll find that you won't want to stand alone any longer.
You will be challenged to grow spiritually in a small group. Because of the nature of a small group, you will probably receive encouragement and challenges by group members. This is a great place to put yourself. It is within this face-to-face context that you can be sharpened spiritually ("as iron sharpens iron"), as well as receive constant encouragement for your spiritual growth.
You will be able to make a difference in others' lives. When we merely receive from others, we can enjoy only half of what Christian life can offer. Life can be much fuller only when we begin to use our spiritual gifts (God-given strengths) to serve God and others. When you simply respond to real needs of real people in your small group, you can make a difference in their lives by showing how God has uniquely shaped you.
We have several small groups in action! Our groups always have an empty chair for you. Some feel awkward going to a group that is already going. We understand...and would challenge you to go anyway ...take the opportunity to begin building friendships...you have a lifetime to absorb God's Word!
Please call or email the church office for the location of a small group that will fit your needs. We look forward to having you join us in our walk with Christ.