Small Group FAQs

How do I get plugged into a group? Open groups are the first step into small group community. An open group will usually last about 8 weeks, during which time you'll get to know new people and together walk through a study on how and why God uses community to grow our faith. After those 8 weeks, that group becomes a new small group. 

What if I don’t like my group? Finding the right small group is a lot like dating. Maybe the first person you go out with is your soul mate... but maybe not. If you're in an open group and it's just not clicking for whatever reason, you can opt out at any time. Then sign up for the next open group and try again. 

How long do small groups stay together? We ask that each small group commit to stay together for two years.

What happens after two years?  After two years we want our groups to multiply.  More groups mean that more people are experiencing life transformation through life-on-life relationships with others committed to pursuing Christ. We like that. So we want every group from day one to start off with the expectation that, eventually, it will birth new groups. 

 

How often do small groups meet?  The greatest benefit of small groups comes through relationships, and relationships don’t happen overnight or in monthly get-togethers. Therefore, we ask groups to meet weekly or (almost) weekly and for participants to commit to faithfully attend each and every meeting, except in the case of unavoidable conflicts.  

What are we going to study? While we might have one or two studies a year that we want all the groups to cover, on the whole we want groups to decide what they want to study on their own. We’ll provide your leaders with some different curriculums to choose from, and feel free to offer up your own suggestions. 

Who's invited?  For the sake of building safe relationships, once your group is through it's "open" period, groups are closed groups. However, we want our groups to be intentional about reaching out to friends and neighbors with the Gospel though our BLESS (Begin with prayer, Listen, Eat together, Serve, and Share your story) strategy.