WHAT ARE SMALL GROUPS?

Small Groups are about finding freedom. 5-20 people that meet together around various topics each week to learn about the Bible, grow and have fun together. The Small Groups meet in one of our classrooms, New Member’s Suite, Youth Center, or in various coffee shops, libraries, or parks around Houston. They’re a great way to meet new people while growing in your faith. There are several groups to choose from.

 

Small groups have one, simple purpose: to bring people together. We believe God created us to live in relationship with others and only then can we live the full life He intends for us. Sharing life through community is part of our design, but meaningful relationships aren’t always easy to find. That’s why small groups exist—to make these life-changing relationships relevant and accessible to you.

FOR LEADERS

Leading a Small Group isn’t about being perfect; it’s about serving others by giving them a place to connect. Hosting a group is simple—choose a topic that interests you and select a time and location to meet with others to share it. We give you essential tools to make your small group successful through Leadership Training and a directory where you can register your group so others can find it easily. We believe people’s lives are changed one session at a time by moving one step toward Christ, and as a Small Group leader you get to play an important role in that process.

 

Please register your Small Group if you already know what group you want to lead. If you’re leading for the first time, make plans to attend our Leadership Training where you will be equipped to lead well. If you don’t know what group you want to lead yet, take a look at our recommended curriculum or connect with our small groups team.

 

Small Group Leadership Trainings:

Sun, May 7th 1pm

Tue, May 9th 7pm

Thu, May 18th 1pm

Sun, May 28th 7pm

FAQ’s

 

1. WHERE CAN I FIND CURRICULUM FOR LEADING A SMALL GROUP?

Topics include sports, crafts, Bible studies and cooking groups. If you’re still unsure, check out this list of recommended curriculum for small groups.

2. WHAT HAPPENS AT A SMALL GROUP MEETING?

You’ve probably seen a Small Group meeting and not even realized it. A Small Group looks like friends at lunch, teams playing basketball, or people studying a book or topic of interest. At its core, a Small Group is a small gathering of people, and it is less about what you do and more about who you do it with. By participating in Small Groups, you can expect to connect with others through a common activity, engage in life-giving conversation and request prayer.

3. HOW OFTEN DOES A SMALL GROUP MEET?

Our Small Groups meet for three sessions per year—winter/spring, summer, and fall. During the sessions, most groups meet once a week. Small Groups are meant to bring meaning and community into the flow of your life, so even if you can’t attend every single meeting, there is still great value in joining a group.

4. WHERE DO SMALL GROUPS MEET?

Small groups meet in places like homes, parks, restaurants, coffee shops and office buildings. The leader of the group selects a meeting spot that best fits the purpose of the group. Small Groups happen throughout the city of Houston.

5. HOW LONG DOES A TYPICAL SMALL GROUP STAY TOGETHER?

Most groups meet for a session. This way, new people can join groups easily and regularly. Also, the seasonal format allows you to try multiple groups each year. As relationships form, some groups choose to stay together for consecutive sessions, but new members are always welcome.

6. IS THERE CHILDCARE AVAILABLE?

Childcare varies from group to group. When you search our directory for a group, the group profile will indicate if childcare is available, but most that meet at the church will have childcare available.

7. WHAT IF I DON’T LIKE THE FIRST GROUP I TRY?

The truth is, not everyone will find the best fit with the first group they try. No big deal. This is why we encourage you to select a few groups that interest you, contact the leaders and try out the group that seems like it’s the best for you. The simple strategy to finding success in Small Groups is to not give up. We believe there is a group that is right for everyone—including you!