Small groups will give people the opportunity to experience different studies with other believers in a personal setting that will cultivate meaningful relationships with in the congregation.
The way a small group session will operate:
- Small groups will always be changing and growing (not in number of people, but number of groups).
- Groups will last 6-8 weeks.
- This allows people to experience different groups.
- It also allows for close and personal relationships to grow throughout the flock no matter how big the congregation.
- We may have a small group specifically for non-believers lead by a believer.
- Small groups will happen once per quarter.
- Group studies can be a series, book, videos, movies, books of the Bible, social issues etc. Examples include:
- When Relationships Collide
- Pressure Points
- not a fan
- Raising a Modern Day Knight
- Books of the Bible (Ephesians, Revelation)
The Leader of the Small Group
- Start by each person contributing to the discussion or topic at hand for that week.
- Let the discussion flow
- Allow everyone a few minutes to talk about the week they have had. This is a time for the person to seek counsel from the group and to give any requests for prayer
- After everyone has had a turn, close the group out in prayer.
- This should be a laid back, informal and comfortable atmosphere. No one has to speak if they wish not to.
- The leader is merely a facilitator
- This is not a Sunday school class, the leader does not need to prepare anything or be an expert on the topic.
- The leader’s main responsibility is to ensure that everyone gets a turn to contribute and keep things on track.