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.
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 grouplife.myspbc.org.
We are a church OF small groups, not a church WITH small groups. “What many churches call ministries, we call groups.”
SMALL GROUP CURRICULUM
Saint Paul's Small Groups use a curriculum, based on the weekend sermons and designed specifically for our Small Groups.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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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 types 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?
We believe that small groups provide we grow best by growing small, particularly in a larger congregation.
Small groups enable us to:
With people we don't know,
Our time & talents to the kingdom, and...
God's goodness in our lives.
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 willingly 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.
SMALL GROUP SCHEDULE
Sun, April 15 through Sun, May 20
Sun, June 24 through Sun, Aug 19
Sun, Sept 16 through Sun, Nov 11
Sun, Nov 18 through Sun, Dec 30
*Shortened Semester (Groups meet for 4-6 weeks.)
How can I join a Small Group?
How Can I Lead or Start a Small Group?
- You must attend SMALL GROUP LEADER TRAINING.
- Sign a Leadership Covenant.
- Meet with Ministry Staff or their designee to discuss the Group.
- Register with your Campus Director.
For more information, email or call 643.6170 x5537.
How can I get more information about small groups?
Email or call 804.643.6170 x5537.