Within two months after Christ Church began, small groups were initiated by Pastors David and Marlinda Ireland to serve the personal needs of our members. Participating in small groups is one of the best ways to build friendships in a growing church. The focus of this ministry mirrors the overall mission of the church to “Unite people to God and people to people.” The Biblical Pattern
The foundation of the small-group ministry is patterned after the New Testament model found in Acts 2:42, 46.
“They spent their time learning from the apostles, and they were like family to each other. They also broke bread and prayed together. Day after day they met together in the temple. They broke bread together in different homes and shared their food happily and freely.” (CEV)
Similarly, our small groups afford you the opportunity to connect with other believers in a small, friendly environment. In the small-group format, members find a place where they can grow in their relationships with God and other members of the Christ Church family. It is in these small, intimate meetings that life-long friendships are established. The goal is to help each member grow in his or her fullest potential in Christ. Hundreds have commented that our small groups have provided a place for them to discover and grow in their spiritual gifts.
In a small group you will enjoy…
- Building new friendships with members of Christ Church
- Opportunities to share your life experiences
- Discovery and development of your spiritual gifts
- Questions and answers about spiritual matters
About Our Small Group Leaders
Our small group leaders are specially trained to guide each of their members toward fulfilling the Christ Church mission: “To unite people to God and people to people.”
They are all members of Christ Church who have been selected for their strong passion and love for God and His people. Each takes seriously their role as facilitators trusted to provide a safe environment where healthy relationships can flourish.
As an extension of the pastoral ministry, our group leaders undergo an extensive curriculum of discipleship and pastoral care. When a need arises that is beyond the scope of their expertise, our leaders will refer the matter to one of the pastors.
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What types of small groups are available?
At Christ Church we offer two types of small groups for you to choose from: LIFE Groups and Life Activity Groups.
Are Children Welcome at Small Group Meetings?
To get the most out of your small group experience, it is recommended that childcare arrangements are made for your children prior to the meetings. However, some groups do welcome children and are well equipped to accommodate them. Information regarding whether a particular group is equipped to accommodate children is available in the online small group directory at www.ChristChurchUSA.org.
Do I Have to Be a Member to Participate?
No, membership is not a requirement to participate in our Small Groups. Both Life Activity Groups and LIFE Groups are open to friends, family members and co-workers. Visitors are welcome to join us for a time of refreshments, Bible discussion and friendly conversation.
LIFE Groups are small groups consisting of 5–12 members that meet twice per month (typically the 2nd & 4th weekends of the month) in the leader’s home or the home of a fellow Christ Church member.
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward on toward love and good deeds”
What Takes Place at a LIFE Group Meeting?
Although the format of each group may vary depending on what is most suitable for its members, the basic elements of each meeting are as follows: The groups typically begin with worship and prayer followed by a Bible discussion that is intended to further complement the teaching at Christ Church’s weekend services. The discussion outlines used by the LIFE Group Leader is used to facilitate group interaction and practical ways for people to apply the principles of Scripture to their daily lives. After praying with one another at the conclusion of the meeting, the group members enjoy light refreshments and casual conversation with one another.
“You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house.” —Acts 20:20