Small Groups FAQ
What do we study?
Our Small Groups are sermon-based which means we study and discuss the previous Sunday’s sermon. Each week we provide a Study Sheet with a series of questions and Bible passages to study before you meet with your Small Group. These questions are designed to go deeper and discuss how it relates to everyday life.
What is the expectation of me?
Joining a group requires an 8 to 10 week commitment (depending on the length of the session) to attend your Small Group weekly and do the homework ahead of time. Obviously allowances are made for sickness, vacation, work conflicts and other special events, but not much more. This commitment is the key to a strong Small Group. You will have the first three weeks to attend a group before deciding if the group is a good fit for you.
What if I am just beginning to explore who Jesus is? Can I still join a Small Group?
Definitely. Joining a Small Group is a great way to find out more about Jesus and see what it means to be a believer. If you have questions, we can help you process through them.
What if I visit a group that isn’t a good fit for me?
Try another group. You are not committing to anything by visiting a group. We recognize that you may need to visit a few Small Groups before you find the right fit. Our goal is to help you minimize the number of Small Groups you might visit and help you settle into a one you can call “home.” The first three weeks of each session allow you time to find that fit.
Is there childcare?
Small Groups are for adults only as we find this most ideal for a focused study session. Each group handles childcare a little differently. Older children can sometimes care for younger children. Other groups pool their resources and hire a babysitter. Still other groups leave children to the individual families to arrange childcare. Some swap child care with another family whose Small Group meets on a different evening. Be creative!
What if I can’t attend regularly?
Consistent participation is very important for the stability of a Small Group. Obviously allowances are made for sickness, vacation, work conflicts and other special events, but not much more. Striving to attend as many meetings as possible is strongly recommended.