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September 3RD



Why small groups?  


Small groups have a single purpose - to bring people together. In our lives we will go through good times and times of adversity - times when we will need friendship and support. We believe God created us to live in community with others where we can experience the full life He intends for us.


We believe life change happens in the context of relationships. Small groups are an opportunity to reach out to others while growing in your walk with God. Meaningful relationships can be hard to find, and small groups exist to make life-changing relationships relevant and accessible to you.


Small groups meet weekly in homes, businesses, restaurants, at church, and various other places in our community. The schedule is divided into three semesters (Fall, Spring, and Summer), giving you the opportunity to participate in three different groups throughout the year.


‘Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.’

           Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NLT)



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What small groups offer:


1. A Place to CONNECT


‘Yes, whatever a person is like, I try to find common ground with him so that he will let me tell him about Christ and let Christ save him.’

                1 Corinthians 9:22(TLB)


We were never made to do life alone. God created us for community, and small groups provide a place to connect with others, share life, and grow in faith together.


2. A Place to PROTECT


‘We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.’

         I John 3:16 (NLT)


It is through life together that our problems become smaller, and God uses others to bring the support and encouragement we need to our lives. Small groups become a place where others don’t just know your name, but care about what’s happening in your life and want to support you in your spiritual journey.


3. A Place to GROW


‘As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.’

                Proverbs 27:17 (NIV)


We believe every person is created with God-given potential to make a difference in the world. Small groups are a place you can grow with others to become more like Jesus and reach the potential God has put inside of you.



What a small group looks like:


At Encounter Church, we use a FREE MARKET approach to small groups. This means we want people to gather together based on their interests and values.


Our groups are varied and will fall within one of eight HUBS:

-Men

-Financial

-Women                     

-Recovery

-Marriage and Family

-Outreach

-Student Life

-Prayer




When, What, How?


-Groups meet weekly during each semester.


-Groups meet throughout the year in three semesters:

-Spring (12 weeks)

-Summer (6 weeks)

-Fall (12 weeks)


-Groups meet in a variety of places like homes, restaurants, coffee shops and at the church.


-Groups meet at various times throughout the week.


-New groups start every semester, making it easy to participate in different type of groups.


-Most groups are open to new members throughout the semester. Find a group you like and register. It’s that easy.



Our Goals:


-To be a church of groups, not a church with groups.


-To see everyone connect through a small group.


-To see people enjoy doing life together.


-To see growth and freedom in YOUR life.



‘Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.’

                            James 5:16 (NLT)



How do I SIGN UP?


Registration is simple:

  1. Find the group you wish to attend (see Small group directory)

  1. Click the ‘register’ tab.

  1. Fill in and submit the online form.

  1. Wait for a welcome from group leader.

  1. Show up the next time your group meets.


FAQ:



Is childcare provided?


Some groups offer childcare (see directory) at a nominal fee of $5 per child ($10 max per family). This is to be paid weekly to your small group leader in cash. If you are unable to afford this, we have you covered. Please let your small group leader know you need financial assistance for childcare.


Is there a cost to attend groups?


Any cost is listed in the directory. This cost is only for materials and books that may be required for your small group. Your small group leader will make you aware of any cost and expenses. These can also be paid over the course of the semester.


Do I have to be a member of Encounter Church to attend a small group?


Certainly NOT. ALL are welcome to attend one of our scheduled groups. We are excited to involve anyone not currently a member of our church.


Can I jump in at anytime during the semester?


In most cases you can. However, it’s not recommended unless you have just started attending our church and have just discovered our small groups during a semester. We recommend you find a group and stick with it during the signed up semester. Some groups however will be ‘closed’ after start date, as the materials they are covering require attendance from the beginning to be successful (E.g. Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University).


What if I miss a week?


Come the next week. This is why we have our small groups meet weekly during our 3 semesters, so that people are not disconnected for more than one week.



We are so excited to have you as part of an awesome family! Get connected and get the most out of your church, life and future.


We believe life change happens in the context of RELATIONSHIPS.


‘Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.’

                            James 5:16 (NLT)