In recent years we’ve adjusted the way small groups operate. This includes a time of thankfulness, accountability and encouragement in sharing our faith. This enables us to be stretched and grow in our spiritual lives and to connect better to each other.
This year, small groups will continue to operate the same way as previously but with one or two more changes.
- Rather than join a small group that runs all year, small groups will run only for a short period of time (a season) before concluding. There will be three seasons of small groups in 2019.
- A variety of topics may be available across groups in each season. Below are some examples of the kind of topics and groups that may be seen in the future (these are not the actual groups for 2019). Actual topics available will be notified at the start of each Semester. In 2019 semester 1, all groups will study John chapters 1 to 3.
- At the start of each season you will have the choice of which group you would like to attend according to which topic, location, time of day, leader or group you would like to be part of.
What you should expect from the changes?
- People joining small groups from the church (and even from the community). Stronger and deeper faith of the people in our church.
- Choice in what you study, with whom, and what you do when you meet.
- Clearly marked spiritual growth pathways in the future for example Discipleship 101, 201, 301, 401 meaning faster growth for people; particularly for those that are new to church or faith.
- Increased opportunity to know more people in the church at a personal level. Over time you’ll find a lot of encouragement and growth from the experiences of many people from all walks from across our church.
- Groups advertised by topics eg “Christianity Explained” or “Money” will be easier to invite new people to.
- New ministry opportunities. You may like to host a group in your home (or other location) in the future or you may want to gather and lead a group (and let church leadership figure out the hosting & location) – There will be encouragement and support for both of these things.
Please feel free to raise any questions or discuss any concerns with Paul Mylonas (Discovery groups co-ordinator) on 0466 989 652 or via the contact form below.