WHY HAVE GROUPS?
Life happens in the context of relationships. Within a small fellowship we hear each other's stories, we discover each other's glories, we learn to walk with God together. Small groups are the essential ingredient for the Christian life.
Depending on where you are in your life, and what you are looking for, we have a place for you!
What is considered a group?
Community of Believers
We have been designed to be in relationship with others. Relationships define us, grow us, challenge us, strengthen us, and bless us. While our culture devalues personal relationships, Scripture requires them. God uses community to mature and grow his people. "As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend." Proverbs 27:17
Study and participation in Bible-based discussions is an important part of spiritual growth. Spiritually mature, vetted small group leaders direct discussions based on a variety of biblical topics or select books of the Bible. "For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope." Romans 15:4
Support & Encouragement
Small groups help us to form meaningful, deeper relationships than we'd normally find in the world. As it says in Romans 12:12, "Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep." We pray for each other's healing, we cover each other's backs. Without the encouragement of others, sin hardens our heart (Hebrews 3:13). Small groups provide an atmosphere for transparency and accountability.
Meet for a time. Study groups meet to for the sole purpose of discussing a Bible Study, faith-based topic or book usually for a designated period of 6 – 12 weeks depending on the study.
Meet to do life together! These groups meet bi-weekly or weekly, and last anywhere from 8-10 months. Small groups encompass fellowship, Bible study, and occasional social activities.