Small Groups Online
For existing Small Groups, we encourage you to keep meeting while practicing physical distancing. If possible, welcome others to join you. Here are some guidelines and ideas for Small Group Leaders:
- Use technology for meetings, calls, and messaging. We recommend Zoom, Google Hangouts, Skype, and FaceTime. If you need help with Zoom, watch a tutorial here. Let us know if you or a group member need help getting set up.
- Think outside the box! How does it look for you to do life together? Game Night, Celebrating Communion, Dinner Party, Worship & Prayer Night, Sharing Stories and Testimonies, Reading Plan in Bible App?
- Check in on your group members. Start a group text or email to share prayer requests and practical needs. Build in extra time in your meetings for sharing of challenges, blessings, and learnings.
- Keep virtual groups to around 10 people and multiply as needed, especially to allow space for friends and neighbors who are looking for community. Please contact Katie if someone in your group is ready to start another virtual group and needs training, or if you are welcoming new members.
- Check out RightNow Media for additional Bible studies and resources. You can register for a free account here.
- Sign up for a small group leader pod by clicking here.
How to lead a small group
Anyone can lead a small group at Christ Church. Here are five basic steps to get started:
1. Get a group together
2. Decide what day/time your group will meet
3. Decide where you will meet
4. Make sure everyone has the materials
5. Utilize the SmallTALK Leadership videos for tips and training.
When considering who to invite to your small group, we encourage you to think of your CIRCLE:
INTERESTS – Who does things you like to do? Running, knitting, gardening, volleyball?
RELATIVES – Who in your extended family might enjoy doing the study with you?
COMMUNITY – Who lives on your left, your right and across? Favorite barista or mailman?
LIFESTYLE – Who do you run into regularly? Soccer sideline, school board meeting, gym…
EMPLOYMENT– Who do you work with that might enjoy doing the study with you?
We encourage you to be bold in asking your friends. It just takes the personal ask for people to say yes.
During a sermon series, small groups are encouraged to meet weekly to follow along with the sermon, reading material and the study questions.
The small group leader can host the meetings at his/her home, work, or somewhere else. The group may decide to rotate homes during the study. Find the best location for your group.
Church sermon studies typically offer weekly readings, study questions and other helpful small group materials available at each of the campuses. The materials will be supplemented with weekly sermons, faith stories and videos that are in the service and available online.
Some series offer free 5-10 minute teaching videos for the small group leaders that you can use to kick off your small group time.
Most meetings consist of three basic elements:
1. Social gathering time where you might serve a snack and get to know one another.
2. Discussion time where you engage the topic for the week.
3. A time of prayer for each other
We provide leadership tips and training for every step of the way in our SmallTALK video series, available here.