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.”
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Small groups at Saint Paul’s are learning communities of 5-10 people coming together to share in Bible Study and in life experiences, in an open, non-judgmental setting.

Group life is important to us because we believe that as a large church, people grow best in smaller groups through our 4C Strategy:



1) CONNECT with each other through Bible Study and by sharing personal testimonies of what God is doing in our lives,

2) CARE for each other consistently through acts of kindness, hospitality, and concern.

3) CONTRIBUTE their time and talent as a group to finding and meeting needs within the church, the community and in the world

4) CELEBRATE life and the goodness of God displayed in the lives of others.



How Long Do Group Meetings Last?
Groups gather anywhere from 1 ½ hours to no longer than 2 hours.

When Do Groups Begin?
We use a semester system for group life. However, some groups start at the beginning or in the middle of the semester.

What If I Don’t See A Group I Want To Join?
Click here and let us know what kind of group you would be interested in joining.

Are There Groups For My Teen?
Yes! SMB (Surge, Merge, and Blueprint) has wonderful group opportunities designed just for teens.  Contact us for more information.

Where Do Groups Meet?
On our Creighton (Central) Campus, Belt (South Richmond) Campus, Elm (Petersburg) Campus, in homes, libraries, cafes, and other places.  Many groups meet before or after weekend worship on each campus.

How Many Meetings Are There? 
Most groups meet for 6-8 weeks at a time, while others last throughout the year.  Example:  Serve Groups – like Ushers, Greeters, Hospitality & Choir – would typically meet throughout the year.





Any member in good standing can start a small group at Saint Paul's by following 3 easy steps:

Step 1: Complete the Facilitator Information Form

Step 2: Attend a Small Group Orientation

Step 3: Submit a signed Small Group Leader Covenant

Step 4: Meet with our Small Group Staff or Designated Small Group Coach

If you haven’t heard from a Coach yet, click here.

It’s Not Your Typical Sunday School Class

The group format is facilitator and group members –NOT teacher and class. The group facilitator doesn’t teach class, but leads the group in discussion - where every group member is invited (not pressured) to participate. We believe this format creates an open, non-judgmental learning environment.   

Group Meeting Format
Our format is simple.  EVERY group begins with PIBS.