What does a Small Group do?
A Small Group has 5 main objectives: relationships, learn, serve, eat and fun. Folks in a Small Group get together once per week to share a meal and discuss the weekend message, specific topic or pray. They serve anyone in their group, neighborhood or church that has a need. And they have fun together in the form of birthday parties, BBQ’s, game day parties, movie nights, just because etc.
What do we talk about in a Small Group?
What do we talk about in a Small Group? We follow a discussion guide provided by the Small Groups Pastor based most often on the prior weekend message or specific topics. All discussions focus around a single topic and biblical application.
Why should I join a Small Group?
There are many reasons to join a Small Group! We follow the model in Acts 2:42?47 where we see the early church getting together regularly in community to eat together, study the scriptures, serve people who are in need and have fun together. Sometimes it’s hard to feel connected in a large church. Joining a Small Group is the best way to meet other believers and learn to apply the words of God to our lives.
Do I have to be a Christian to join a Small Group?
No. Our Small Groups are open to everyone regardless of where they are in their journey with Jesus. Feel free to come as you are and ask any questions you may have.
Do I have to attend Amazing Church to join a Small Group?
No. Our Small Groups are open to everyone regardless of where or if they attend church. Feel free to come as you are and ask any questions you may have. However, the discussions are based most often on the weekend messages. You may get more out of your Small Group experience if you also attend one of the weekend services, but it’s not a requirement.
What if I’m not “good enough” to join a Small Group?
We’re all-imperfect, and we need Jesus and each other. We join Small Groups not because we are perfect, but because God has designed us to grow in community.
What if I don’t know very much about the Bible?
That’s one of the reasons to join. You will learn more about the scriptures and how to apply them to your life.
How do I pick a group?
Choose a Small Group that’s close to your home and fits your schedule and/or interest.
What if I already have enough friends?
We would ask you three questions: Do they live geographically close to your home? Are they the kind of friends you can call at 2am when the crisis hits? And are they the kind of friends you are sharing the gospel with and learning to become more like Jesus. If the answer is no, then you need to be in a Small Group. If you do have friends like that, why not start a Small Group with them?
Can I find specific groups for “singles” or “marrieds”?
We actually build our Small Groups so that all different kinds of people (single, married, exercise, etc.) do community together. We’ve found by research and experience that this is the best (even if not the fastest) path to authentic community. Ideally your Small Group would have a few people in your same life situation, and also some other folks in different places in life.
What if I tried a Small Group once and I didn’t like it?
We would challenge you to try it again. We’ve grown a lot in the last few years, so there are many new people and new features in the format. We think you’ll like it. If you don’t, give us a call, let us know why, and we’ll try to find the right group for you.
What if I get into conflict with someone in my group?
Conflict isn’t fun but happens from time to time when people do life together. If you get into a conflict with someone in your Small Group, see it as a great opportunity (as weird as that sounds). Conflict is a natural part of forming community. Use Matthew 18.15 ? 17 as your guide. Go directly to the person one?on?one. If the two of you need help resolving the issue, include others in the group (and/or someone from the Small Groups Team).
What if I don’t like the Small Group I’m in now?
It’s common to feel a bit uncomfortable the first few weeks in a new group. We suggest staying in your Small Group for at least 2-3 meetings before making a decision to leave. If a change needs to be made, just let us know at email@example.com.
Are children welcome in Small Groups?
Kids definitely are an important part of community! Some of our Small Groups don’t have kids but most of them do, and those who do care for the kids differently. Sometimes the kids are old enough to be on their own, but often a Small Group will hire one of our children ministry team members who have been back ground checked, trained and equipped to do the job well.
What are the requirements to start or lead a Small Group?
After attending A-Life we can assist you in leading a group. Small Groups has four leadership roles: a Facilitator to lead the discussion each week and act as point person for the group, a Co-Facilitator to share the facilitating responsibilities, a Communicator to send out regular communication about the weekly meetings and other pertinent Small Group information, and a Host to provide a home for the Small Group to meet each week. If you have a heart for people, you want to have fun and you are interested in starting or leading a group, fill out this form.
Can I join more than one group?
We recommend joining only one group at a time. You will most likely get the most out of your Small Group experience if you focus your attention and energy to only one group each semester. Our Small Group semesters are typically less than 12 weeks, so you can try more than one group during the year if you like.
What if none of the days or times will work with my schedule?
If you can’t find an open group in a time slot that works with your schedule you have two options. Consider hosting a group at your home on a night of your choice, or consider joining a Small Group in a different part of town that meets on a night you’re available.
What if I have to miss a few meetings for prior commitments?
We understand that life happens. Try your best to attend as many of your Small Group meetings as you can. If you have to miss a meeting, just be sure to let your Facilitator or Communicator know in advance if possible.