Get Connected: Small Group Ministry
The idea of joining a small group may sound intimidating or uncomfortable for some people. It can be easy to feel like another face in the crowd. But we were never meant to live out God’s purposes alone. We need each other. So how do you begin to make friends and grow spiritually?
One of the best things about small group ministry is having people in your life who can encourage, support and challenge you in your faith. A small group usually consists of six to 10 people who have a designated time (weekly or monthly) and place to learn about God, build each other up, and have a lot of fun at the same time. Most people who have been a part of a group say the greatest benefit is the close relationships and friendships that develop. You´ll discover that your needs and problems are not unique - we're all in the same boat. It helps to know that others are facing the same dIfficulties, or have lived through them and learned spiritual principles in the process.
Small groups provide two-way communication
Have you ever listened to a teacher or preacher and wanted to stop that person and say, "But what about...?" or "I don´t understand!" ? Preaching and teaching is one way communication. You listen while they speak. It's fine for imparting knowledge but it isn't the only way we can learn and experience God's activity in our lives.In a small group setting, you can ask questions, participate in a discussion of the text, and hear others share insights and illustrations of the truth you are trying to grasp.
How do I create my own group?
1. Ideally a group consists of six to ten people.
2. Think of those outside the regular orbit of St. Mark's to invite to your group.
3. Invite people you'd like to get to know better.
This is a wonderful way to get to know some great people - couples, singles, friends, strangers, neighbors, co-workers or interest groups such as knitters, bikers, Italian cooks, pet lovers, parents of children of all ages. The list is endless! Once you have a group together, St. Mark's offers a variety of studies that you can use in your group.
How do I join an existing group?
If you are new to St. Mark's, or you just feel uncomfortable forming your own group, there are many groups at St. Mark's that have openings. We can put you in touch with a group that might be a good fit for you, based on location, meeting time and group personality. Don't worry, there's always room for you in a small group at St. Mark's.
If you have more questions about getting connected with a small group at St. Mark's, please contact us and we'll be happy to answer your questions and/or find a group for you.