Find A Group You Love

Become who God created you to be. You can face life with the kind of love and support God had in mind for you. Now is the perfect time to find a small group you love that fits your schedule and season in life. Small groups are a place to belong and grow. Most of our groups use our weekly message application guide that we affectionately call “GPS” (Grow-Pray-Serve). Our GPS guides are easy to understand and empower people to apply the weekend messages to their lives. 

FIND A GROUP

Plan now to visit one of our small groups!
We have a group for YOU! 

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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.

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


 

  • FOR CURRENT MEMBERS OF ONLINE GROUPS

    • Click HERE to sign Confidentiality Agreement
    • Click HERE for FREE Online Devotionals & Study Resources
    • Click HERE for Online Group Agenda (Sample)
    • Click HERE for Online Group Evaluation
    • Click HERE for Small Group Semester Calendar 

 

  • FOR CURRENT LEADERS OF ONLINE GROUPS

    • Click HERE for FREE Online Devotionals & Study Resources
    • Click HERE for Online Group Agenda (Sample)
    • Click HERE for Online Group Evaluation
    • Click HERE for Small Group Semester Calendar
    • Click HERE for Online Meeting Debriefing
      • TIP: Keep in touch with your group through our database CCB. For a quick video on how to use it as a group leader, click HERE. Encourage your group members to login or request a free account HERE.

 

  • HOST A GROUP

Join our monthly Live Interactive Small Group Leader Training via Zoom. The training is 2.5 hours and includes the opportunity for live interaction. To request your Live Training Session, email .

View our Online Small Group Leader Training. The training is approximately 53 minutes. To view it, create your free Ministry Grid (A Lifeway Product) account HERE. Complete the training video and a member of our Group Life Team will contact you to answer any questions you may have and help you get started. 

    • Click HERE to register for ONLINE GROUP LEADER TRAINING
    • Click HERE to sign Group Leader Covenant
    • Click HERE to sign Confidentiality Agreement
    • Click HERE to register your Online Group 
    • Click HERE for FREE Online Devotionals & Study Resources
    • Click HERE for Online Group Agenda (Sample)
    • Click HERE for Online Group Evaluation
    • Click HERE for Small Group Semester Calendar
    • Click HERE for Online Meeting Debriefing
      • TIP: Keep in touch with your group through our database CCB. For a quick video on how to use it as a group leader, click HERE. Encourage your group members to login or request a free account HERE.

 

  • TAKE YOUR GROUP ONLINE

    You can now take your group online, and you can use the online platform of your choice - Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Hangouts, Skype, etc.

    Our Ministry Staff found that ZOOM (online video conferencing app) provides the best experience.  However, there is one drawback – the FREE Zoom account only allows sessions to run for 40 Minutes.  (Some groups under 10 people have found that the 40 Minute restriction is lifted and have met for 90 Minutes to 2 hours. We think the key, for now, is that SMALL groups get to meet for longer periods.  However, our Ministry Staff also discovered that groups over 20 people are cut off at 40 Minutes.)   So, it is best to guide your group within the designated time frame or if you think you session needs to run longer than 40 minutes, set up two separate meetings.  For example, take a 5 or 10 minute restroom/snack break, then start another meeting.  People may need to log back in using a different invitation link.

    HOW TO Set Up a Zoom Meeting for Right Now

    Saddleback Church (whose pastor Rick Warren of the Purpose Driven Life) created a short, helpful video (4 min 5 sec) on how to setup a Zoom meeting, and we’re not going to reinvent the wheel, so feel free to watch their video. GO WATCH.

    HOW TO Set Up & Schedule a Zoom Meeting for Later

    Saddleback Church and the Church Network also provided a great video (4 min 30 sec) on how to set-up and schedule a Zoom meeting. Feel free to check it out. GO WATCH.

    We have found both videos very helpful!

    • Click HERE for FREE Online Devotionals & Study Resources
    • Click HERE for Online Group Agenda (Sample)
    • Click HERE for Online Group Evaluation
    • Click HERE for Small Group Semester Calendar

Advertising Your Group

We want to help people find your group, however, we will not be publishing your meeting invite link for security reasons.  We want to help screen the scammers (who are already busy during this crisis), so when people indicates that they h/she wants to try your group, our Ministry Staff will send you an email with the person’s information and ask you to reach out to that person. You can then send the invite link directly to the requester.

 

7 Set-up Tips for Video Conferencing

  1. Use a headset with a microphone. The mic is closer to your mouth, allowing you to talk in conversational tones, rather than slightly yelling or talking loudly.   It also cuts out other noises. Please test out your mic before your group begins.
  2. Sit near a window or lamp, so that the light reflects on the side of your face. Sitting in front of blinds or with open blinds behind you can wash out the screen. 
  3. Close competing applications like Netflix and Facebook on your screen.
  4. Mute your phone and computer for other sounds, notifications, and alerts. 
  5. Limit background movement if possible. If possible, set your camera so that there is a solid background behind you. This limits distractions. 
  6. Test your camera so that there is a close shot of your face.
  7. Smile!

 

7 Tips to Help with Facilitation

  1. Welcome everyone. People will be late online, just as your in-person group, so build in some buffer time to catch up in the beginning. 
  2. Warm up the group by getting people to use the “Mute" and “Unmute" button. Ask an icebreaker question. Let everyone answer the question.
  3. Use the weekly GPS document to assist in guiding the Bible Study.
  4. Ask people to invite others to join the group at the next meeting.  Share the next meeting day and time.
  5. Share prayer requests and be ready to pause on someone going through a tough season. Don’t rush through this time together online. 
  6. Set up 2 separate meetings 5 or 10 minutes a part, if you think your session needs to run longer than 40 minutes. 
  7. Close with prayer

 We will have a Leader Training for Online Groups on video out soon for people who have NEVER had the in person Small Group Leader Training (since 2011) and want to start an online group.  If you’ve had the in-person training, you do not have to take the training for online groups.  

 


 

 

WHAT IS AN AREA CHECK-IN?

Twice a month, we’ve set as a goal to “check in” with our members to offer prayer, support, encouragement and assistance. Our check-in hosts contact 5-12 members, who may live in their area through a ZOOM video conference, text, email, or phone call. The check-ins are based on zip code and designed to be brief (30-40 minutes).

WHY DO THIS? 

Hebrews 10:22-24 in the Message Translation encourages us this way, “So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. God always keeps His Word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING A CHECK-IN?
 
During an Area Check-In, our hosts ask: 1) How are you? 2) How is your family? 3) How are your friends and 4) Would you like to share any prayer requests? Our  check-in hosts pray over the requests and end the call. It’s that simple. Our goal is to ensure that every member is connected and receives the care they need.

JOIN OUR CHECK-IN NETWORK 

If you’d like to join one of our Area Check-Ins, click HERE.

 

 

HOST AN AREA CHECK-IN

We have a brief 15-minute training video that explains the check-ins, why we created them, and how to host them. There are just 3 easy steps:  

1.  Watch the training video. 
(It is on Ministry Grid, so you’ll have to create a free Lifeway account before viewing. If you’re already registered, simply search for SPBC Area Check-In Training.) Click here

2.  Sign the Confidentiality Agreement by clicking here  

3.  Register to host an Area Check-In by clicking here.

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