- How much of my time is this going to take?
Small groups usually meet weekly for one to two hours. However, many small groups also meet at other times just to connect for fun! Doing life together means eating out, playing golf, going boating, and even taking vacations together. The community that is built in a small group can be life-changing. Also, groups will do a quarterly service project in which they serve others.
- What are we going to do with our children during the small group time?
Each group is responsible for their children and decides the best method to take care of their kids. Groups might hire a baby sitter, have adults rotate watching the kids each week, schedule small group time when AWANA is meeting (so the kids are at church while the group meets), etc.
- Will there be homework? If so, how much?
Most small groups have some kind of study commitment that will require some homework. You only get out of something what you put into it, so each group will establish some expectations of members in order for everyone to get the most out of the group.
- Am I going to have to talk, or can I just sit and listen during the small group time?
Small groups are like a family -- sometimes you talk and sometimes you listen. No one is forced to talk or to lead the group. Everyone moves at a different pace, and you are allowed to go at yours.
- Will I have to pray out loud?
No! You are allowed to move and grow at your own pace. When you decide you would like to pray out loud, you will be welcome to do so, but you won’t be forced into it.
- Who else is going to be in the group?
Small Groups are formed by the leader inviting friends, neighbors, or acquaintances. Other might come to the group through the small group request form. If a group is open to new members and you live nearby, it might be a great fit.
- How much do I have to know about the Bible in order to get into a Small Group?
Nothing! Small groups are about learning the Bible, not debating it or being tested on it. You are welcome no matter where you are in your knowledge of God’s Word! Everyone in the small group will be at a different place in how much they know, and that makes for a healthy, growing group.
- How many weeks or months is this group going to last?
Small groups are like a family, some of them last for years; others multiply and start new groups in 12 to 18 months.
- If I don’t like it, can I leave without people getting mad at me?
Yes, but most people build such community that they do not want to stop being part of the small group. We tell people to try a group for at least 6 weeks, and at the end of that time each person can choose to continue with the group or not. This allows you a definite time to try a small group, but also have the assurance that there is an “out.” If one group doesn’t work, we will help you find one that fits!
- What are we going to be doing in the small group?
There is time for fellowship, which includes eating and building community. Then there is time to study God’s Word. This is where the group learns and discusses the material and Scripture that has been previously agreed upon. There is always time for prayer and sharing of life issues, where others in your group can help you walk through life and not be alone.