God created us with a desire for community. Small Groups help you build life-giving relationships as they…
Create a loving environment where people can share life’s joys and struggles.
Value and respect each person’s story.
Encourage, challenge and care for each other.
Small Groups help you take the next step closer to Christ, no matter where you are in the journey. Spiritually healthy small groups…
Discuss Christ-centered biblical truth.
Engage in meaningful conversations that challenge each other toward Christ-likeness.
Encourage spiritual practices that help each person faithfully follow God.
Small Groups help us value others the way Christ values us. Outwardly focused small groups…
Serve together and encourage each other to find a consistent place to serve.
Invest in those outside the faith, respond when asked about our hope and invite others to a weekend service.
Consider group growth. That might mean adding new people to the group or branching out into other groups.
Here are some frequently asked questions about Small Groups.
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We connect people in small groups by location, stages of life and by Ada Bible campus. Some small groups form on their own through personal invitations. Others form at our twice-yearly events called Group Launch. You can also use our Group Finder to find a group with a current opening that might work for you.
Each small group is different with different needs. Our on-campus men’s and women’s small groups meet most weeks during the school year. Other small groups meet in people’s homes or at local businesses. To best share life, pursue God and invest in others—we encourage small groups to meet weekly or at least every other week.
We desire our small group leaders to be seasoned followers of Jesus who love to see people spiritually grow in a relational environment. We don’t require a seminary degree or special counseling gifts. We simply want people who care for others and can bring direction and life-giving conversations to a group of people. We provide oversight and additional resources (such as the Sermon Discussion Guide) to help our small group leaders .
Some small groups last several months and some for several years. We don’t have a magic formula for how long a group will last. Our hope is that spiritual growth and healthy relationships happen no matter how long the groups meets.
Small groups meeting on our campuses use studies chosen by the directors of the women’s and men’s groups. Small groups that meet in homes choose their own study.
We highly encourage our groups to use our Sermon Discussion Guide which takes you further into the weekend sermon with teaching, encouragement and practical discussion questions to help you apply the sermon to your daily life.
We’re excited you are ready to take a NEXT STEP by joining a small group.
Each Fall. Our men’s and women’s small groups launch each fall at each campus; however, often you can still join later in the year. Dates and sign up information will be available through our various connections (bulletin, online & social media). See the campus men’s or women’s director if you are interested in signing up after the fall launch.
Group Launch. Join a new small group that meets in a home at one of our twice-yearly events called Group Launch. Watch our various connections (bulletin, online & social media) for the dates to sign up.
Group Finder. Find small groups looking to add new people now through our online resource called Group Finder. You can search by zip code, age ranges and campus.
Send us an email if you have further questions.
Childcare is available for day-time on-campus Thrive Groups and ABC Moms only. Registration is required for each child. See your Thrive Small Groups or ABC Moms for more information about applicable fees and scholarship opportunities.