Frequently Asked Questions
What is a small group?
A small group is typically made up of 3 to 12 people who meet regularly to learn and live the Kingdom together. Each group has a host and a leader (or one person may host and lead).
HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN BE IN A SMALL GROUP?
It’s really up to you. A key question to consider is how large can your group get before it becomes too impersonal and people are unable to connect?
HOW LONG SHOULD A GROUP MEET?
The typical group meets from 1-2 hours. The key is to be consistent and to let people know up front how long you will meet.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD GROUPS MEET?
We recommend meeting weekly or every other week: however, each small group should decide how often they meet. Typically new groups that launch with weekly meetings synergize quickly, even if shortly after the group transitions to an every other week schedule. We do not recommend meeting once a month. No matter the plan, weekly and bi-weekly groups will need breaks. We will use a semester format where groups meet regularly while allowing each group to decide when a break such as winter or summer break should be taken.
WHERE SHOULD A GROUP MEET?
Your small group can meet wherever your group feels comfortable. Your group can meet in your home, or you can ask different members of the group to host in their homes. If you don’t want to meet in a home setting, then restaurants and coffee shops work as well. You can even start a Small Group in your work’s break room with coworkers.
DO SMALL GROUPS MEET AT THE CHURCH?
They can, but we encourage our Small Groups meet in homes or in the area. We want to encourage taking our church out into the community.
HOW DO SMALL GROUPS HANDLE CHILDCARE?
While we do not provide childcare, we do assist in securing babysitters needed for each group meeting. Although we provide referrals, it is ultimately the Small Group Leader’s responsibility to find a babysitter for the group.
DOES PEOPLES CHURCH FILL MY SMALL GROUP WITH PEOPLE?
No, but we will help you get started. It is the leaders job to grow the group and find members. We encourage you to invite people as you meet them during weekend services and look at your friends, family members or co-workers that you could invite. Send invitations through the online website and personally invite people.
WHAT IF MY SMALL GROUP IS FULL?
Each Peoples Church small group will have an open chair mindset. This allows for more people to have access to small group communities. We came up with the open chair suggestion because we’ve found that after a group has met together for six months or longer, they tend to functionally close. If your group begins to notice that there is no longer room for others to join, it’s healthy to begin an open dialogue to see who is ready to start another small group. As a church we desire to always have an open seat in the pews and in small groups.
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