“Life change happens in circles, not in rows.”
~ Andy Stanley
The “church” is not a building, a denomination, or a business organization. It’s a family of people who agree about Jesus. At Grace Hills, we believe that the family needs to gather together on the weekend in our worship time, but we also believe the family should scatter around the community and meet in small groups during the week. We call these small groups Grace Groups.
Belonging to a Group
Every believer needs a church home, and we also need a small group of other believers for support and encouragement. We believe that spiritual growth happens as we gather regularly with a few other believers, and when we meet, our goals are simple:
- To share each other’s hurts and triumphs.
- To pray for one another.
- To know one another.
- To be accountable to others.
- To encourage one another.
- … and more.
Hosting Your Own Group
Everybody needs a spiritual family, and God has given the church to fill that role in our lives. And every believer needs to be part of a small group of believers for mutual encouragement and spiritual growth in community with each other. We call it “doing life together.” And when people approach us and ask, how can I get into a small group? our response is usually Would you help us start a new one?
Hosting a Grace Group is a great way to help people discover and grow in Christ, develop community, and expand the reach of the church. It can be one of the most rewarding things you could consider doing. And hosting your own group or helping others to start one is something you can do!
Read the following information and fill out the form below to start the conversation.
What is required or expected of a Grace Group host?
Group hosts need to be people who are committed to Jesus and who have been baptized as believers. Hosts also need to have attended Membership Matters and signed our Membership Covenant, or plan to do so within a three-month period after beginning their group.
We do NOT expect group hosts to be Bible scholars. New believers are welcome to host groups. We believe strongly in “on-the-job” training. All hosts will gather together every few months for a time of discussion and training with a Grace Hills Pastor.
What exactly does a Grace Group host do?
We ask hosts to be willing to do four things:
- Have a heart for people.
- Open their home (or another meeting place).
- Serve a snack.
- Turn on a video.
What is the Bible study curriculum?
Grace Hills has a partnership with RightNow Media that offers us a library of over 4,400 videos and dozens of video-based studies to choose from led by authors we trust. If you’d like access and you’re a Grace Hills attender, just email us and ask - it’s free to you.
When and how often should we meet?
We strongly encourage groups to meet every week, but allow for missing weeks now and then when group members are scattered. The time is up to the group. Many groups find Sunday evenings to be the best time, but groups can meet any day, morning, afternoon, or evening. We’re flexible!
Can we meet somewhere other than a home?
Absolutely! In fact, we encourage groups to launch in workplaces, break rooms, coffee shops, and wherever else people can meet. Often, groups that meet somewhere other than a home have an advantage when it comes to involving people who aren’t part of the church.
What do we do about kids?
Some groups hire a babysitter and divide the cost. Others let kids play in another room. It’s really up to the group. Grace Hills doesn’t currently provide childcare for Grace Groups, but we’ve found that most groups can have a great meeting even when kids are playing in a room nearby. Further, we love the idea of kids seeing their parents engaging with others in Bible study – it’s a great example to set!
Can people attend my group who don’t attend Grace Hills?
Definitely! This is one of the best ways to grow and expand our reach. We are careful not to try to “recruit” people already involved in other churches, but when someone is not connected in a church, we want to include them in ours!
Ready to talk about hosting a group? Start the conversation below!