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Saint Paul’s mission can be summed up in this phrase: “empower you to grow into all God created you to be.” Followers of Jesus are lifelong learners and the spiritual journey is not meant to be alone.

At Saint Paul’s, we believe that life is a team sport – best done together and as our church grows larger, we must also grow smaller. Small groups are “learning communities” that serve as a great way to grow in your relationship with God and make a difference in the community. We encourage everyone to be involved in group life because it’s there where you will meet new people while growing in your faith.
 
We are a church OF small groups, not a church WITH small groups.
“What many churches call ministries, we call groups.”


Small groups should do “Bible do’s” as much as Bible study. Faith grows in the presence of faithful friends and the best way to grow in your faith is to be around others on the same journey that can spur you on and keep you going. Small groups are here for you so take a moment to find the right space for you! If you have any questions, please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


 

COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS • Click For Answers

 

What are Small Groups?

What Are Small Groups?

A small gathering of people, coming together for a specific purpose in an open and non-judgmental forum.  It is not a class, but a gathering where life is shared.  (Classes are offered through our Leadership Development Center.)

We have 5 different type of SMALL groups:

SUPPORT groups • offered in partnership with our Barnabas Counseling Ministry

MINISTRY groups • which includes our hospitality, fine arts, and outreach groups

AFFINITY groups • which includes our Men’s, Women, Singles, and Couples groups

LIFE STAGE • Dreamchasers 20-29, Aspire 30-39, Fusion 40-49, Encore 50-59, Prime Time 60-69, and Refiners 70+

LEADERSHIP • which includes our Diaconate and Shepherd Staff/Ministers

Why do we have Small Groups?

Why Do We Have Small Groups?

 

We believe that small groups provide we grow best by growing small, particularly in a larger congregation. 

SMALL GROUPS ENABLE US TO: 

 

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WITH PEOPLE

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OUR TIME AND TALENTS

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GOD'S GOODNESS

IN OUR LIVES.

 

When do Small Groups meet?

When Do Small Groups Meet?

 

Our small groups meet weekly for 6 to 8 weeks and then break, which allows for members to rest and reunite.  Our small group facilitators rotate, so we are always looking for fresh, encouraging people to willing to facilitate “group life.”

People do not have to continue with the same group. The semesters allow people to try one group, and then try a different one the next semester, if they’d like.  We  encourage people to try various groups until they find the one that best fits them.

 

2014 SEMESTER CALENDAR

Semester

Start

End

Winter

Sun, Jan 5

Sun, Feb 9

BREAK

Lent

Sun, Mar 2

Sat, Apr 19

BREAK

Summer

Sun, June 8

Sun, Aug 17

BREAK

Fall

Sun, Sept 14

Sun, Nov 16

BREAK

Holiday

Sun, Nov 23

Sun, Dec 28

 

Groups will meet for 6-8 weeks.  Group Facilitators determine start and end date.

 

 

2015 SEMESTER CALENDAR

Semester

Start

End

Winter

Sun, Jan 4

Sun, Feb 9

BREAK

Lent

Wed, Feb 18

Sat, Apr 4

BREAK

*Spring

Sun, April 12

Sun, May 24

BREAK

Summer

Sun, June 14

Sun, Aug 16

BREAK

Fall

Sun, Sept 20

Sun, Nov 15

BREAK

Holiday

Sun, Nov 22

Sun, Dec 27

 

Groups will meet for 6-8 weeks.  Group Facilitators determine start and end date.

*Shortened Semester  (Groups meet for 4-6 weeks.)

 

2016 SEMESTER CALENDAR

Semester

Start

End

*Winter

Sun, Jan 3

Sun, Jan 31

BREAK

Lent

Wed, Feb 10

Sat, March 26

BREAK

Spring

Sun, April 10

Sun, May 29

BREAK

Summer

Sun, June 19

Sun, Aug 21

BREAK

Fall

Sun, Sept 18

Sun, Nov 20

BREAK

Holiday

Sun, Nov 27

Sun, Dec 25

 

Groups will meet for 6-8 weeks.  Group Facilitators determine start and end date.

*Shortened Semester  (Groups meet for 4-6 weeks.)

 

How can I join a Small Group?

How Can I Join a Small Group?

Click on the campus below to see what groups are meeting.


 

GROUP LISTINGS • REV. 9/2014

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You don’t have to sign up, just show up.

How can I lead or start a Small Group?

How Can I Lead or Start a Small Group?

 

1) You must attend ONE session of Small Group Orientation that has taken place from 2012 to the present. 

2) Sign a Leadership Covenant.

3) Register to start your small group.


 

2014 Small Group Leader Training

Days & Dates

Campus

Location

Sat, Feb 1, 9am-1pm

Creighton

2239-41 Edu Wing

Sat, Mar 8, 9am-1pm

Creighton

2239/41 Edu Wing

Sat, April 26, 9am-1pm

Elm

Room 5

Sat, May 3, 9am-1pm

Creighton

2239/41 Edu Wing

Sat, June 7, 9am-1pm

Belt

201 Admin Bldg

Sat,  July 19, 9am-1pm

Creighton

2237 Edu Wing

Sat, Sept 6, 9am-1pm

Creighton

2239/41 Edu Wing

Sat, Oct 11, 9am-1pm

Creighton

2239/41 Edu Wing

Sat, Nov 8, 9am-1pm

Creighton

2239/41 Edu Wing

Sat, Dec 6, 9am-1pm

Creighton

2239/41 Edu Wing

 

More Dates May Be Added, According to Need.

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How can I get more information about Small Groups?

How Can I Get More Information about Small Groups?

 

Email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call 804.643.6170 x5537.

 

Small Group Support

LaDonne C. Lankster—Developer & Administrator (Staff)

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Patrice Lewis—Creighton Small Group Director (Servant)

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Jerome Stanberry—Belt Small Group Director (Servant)

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Alexia Jones & Valerie Hayes—Elm Small Group Directors (Servants)

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SMALL GROUP CURRICULUM

Our Small Groups can use:

  • GPS small group curriculum, which is based on the weekend sermons and designed specifically for our small groups.
  • Any of the InterAction Small Group Books [BELOW]
  • An approved small group book.  Requested books must be submitted to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (Must be reviewed at least 3 weeks prior to the start date of the group. The curriculum must align with the doctrine and small group format of the Saint Paul’s Baptist Church.)

 

InterAction Small Group Books

Books (from InterActions Small Group Series), Available in Charisma Books & Gifts Store

Authenticity: Being Honest with God and Others

Community: Building Relationships within God’s Family

Essential Christianity: Practical Steps for Spiritual Growth

Fruit of the Spirit:  Living the Supernatural Life

Getting a Grip:  Finding Balance in Your Daily Life

Influence:  Maximizing Your Impact for God

Living In God’s Power: Finding God’s Strength for Life’s Challenges

Love in Action:  Experiencing the Joy of Serving

Reaching Out:  Sharing God’s Love Naturally

Marriage:  Building Real Intimacy

Parenting:  How to Raise Spiritually Healthy Kids

Significance:  Understanding God’s Purpose for Your Life

 

For more info on these books, please see our Charisma Bookstore. 

If there is an InterAction Book not listed, that you would like to use for your group, please contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  

 

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