Small Groups

We are a church of groups, not a church with groups.
God designed us to grow spiritually together and to love one another in our everyday lives.
We do that in community as we inspire, challenge, love, and care for the members of our groups.

Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider how to prompt one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, but encouraging one another.”

Small Group

We are created for community.

God created us not just to want people in our lives, God created us to need one another. We grow spiritually when we grow together.

God is a relational God and seeks relations with us and God’s creation. Without others in our lives, we simply do not live into the full image of God and the desires God has for us. We need people to grow spiritually and to care for one another. God set in motion from the beginning certain godly and human realities that are uniquely “imaged” and “reflected” where two or more persons come together in the presence of God and one another. We are the Body of Christ when we are living together in community and we fulfill our mission of proclaiming Christ through faith, hope, and love.

JesusJesus was in a group.

Jesus was in a group of a core twelve and had many others around him, and that was something that Jesus valued for himself, and those in his group. They all, even Jesus, benefited from “doing life together.” The gospels are a record of Jesus and this group that lasted for around three years. Jesus and the group journeyed together, lived together, taught one another, and cared for one another. If it was good enough for Jesus, isn’t it good enough for us too? If Jesus needed it and modeled it, we should follow that example.

handsThe church started in groups.

Before there was even an organized Christian church, the early followers of Jesus met in small groups in homes to talk about God, pray for one another, eat with one another, care for one another, and partake in Communion. What we refer to as the early church, as we read in the Acts of the Apostles, was made up of small groups. Everyone was in one. Groups have never been a ministry of the church—they are the church. What happens on Sunday is small groups coming together to all worship together however, real spiritual growth, community, and care happens outside of the Sunday morning worship. Sunday worship is to support groups, not the other way around.

How do I get involved in a group?

We have group sign-ups multiple times a year that typically follow our liturgical calendar. We have a Groups Sign-Up Page where you can find a group that meets at a time and place that is convenient for you, provides your particular study interests, is a group that has similar interests as you, or a group in common life-stage as you; we even have groups that are online only groups. Also, we usually have a group for people who are either new to the church, new to groups, or both. Everyone in this group is in the same place so it’s a great place to start and meet some new people at the same time.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Each group term varies based on the time in the liturgical calendar and are usually eight weeks in length with the exception being our Lenten/Easter term which can stretch to sixteen weeks with a break during Easter week.

  • Some groups are “kid friendly” and the description of the group will usually give that information. We work hard to support families and have groups and ministries designed just for families.

  • You might, but there is no pressure to do either of those things in group. Our group leaders are sensitive to each person’s comfort levels. The point of being in a group is to be engaged, involved, and learning to be the best Christ-follower you can be. If you are new to groups, don’t worry about his one…when the time is right, you’ll be ready and comfortable.

  • Our groups meet at various times during the week and even online allowing you to find a group that will fit even the busiest of schedules.

  • All over the DFW area and even virtually. There is no “rule” as to where a group must meet but, it is usually in someone’s home, some groups may meet at parks, restaurants, or coffee shops. There is usually a group that can accommodate you!

  • There is no set number but, you can expect anywhere from 10-15 people meeting each week to share life together with.

  • We know that joining a group that’s been meeting together for months or years can be intimidating. That’s why we typically have a group specifically for people new to the church and/or a group. Everyone in this group is “new” so everyone is in the same place. This group is typically lead by a member of the clergy team, so you get to know them too.

  • If you’re not sure which group is right for you, or don’t think there is one, please reach of to the Groups Coordinator as they will know the groups in more detail and will be able to help direct you to a group that’s perfect for you—and there is one that is perfect for you!

  • No problem! Not every group is for everyone and sometimes we feel like we need a break or something for a new season. Each term is an opportunity to sign up for a new group with no guilt. We want everyone to be in the right group for them so keep trying until you find your group! And many people attend more than one group for certain seasons depending on what they might want to study.