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Small Groups

Here at Trinity, we know that one size does not fit all. This is why we have a wide variety of types of groups … talk with Pastor Nestor anytime … he is eager to discuss with you about starting another new group or to help you find one in which you can blossom!! New groups are starting all the time.

Small groups are more than Bible study groups. Various types of groups meet the needs of people at different life stages—physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and so on. Here at Trinity, people own the small groups they help create. Commitment to groups is strongest when our leaders use their spiritual giftedness to form groups around needs, interests, passions, and life experiences. New groups are started regularly!

It’s about growing people, not programs. Just as Jesus meets people where they are, small groups start where people are—not where the leader wants them to be. Small group leaders do not grow the group; God does that. Leaders listen, discern, and participate with the Holy Spirit to create the optimum conditions for people to grow.

Small groups keep changing. People change. Small groups are organic. Like a garden, a variety of people grow at the same time, but at different rates. People move from one season of life to another. The initial reason they joined a small group may no longer exist. Life changes. Groups change too!

Accountability Discipleship Groups Some groups bring us into accountable discipleship! In these group, Christians help each other to grow and mature in loving God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love their neighbor as themselves. Such a small-group forms, empowers, and supports lay leadership within our congregation.

Covenant Discipleship Groups A Covenant Discipleship Group consists of five to seven people who want to be accountable for their discipleship. They agree to meet once a week for one hour to "watch over one another in love." The group might even write its own covenant. Their covenant guides the group's discipleship and serves as the agenda for the weekly meeting.

Activism Groups Some groups want to strike a balance between activism and Bible-study oriented discipleship. It is balanced between works of mercy, acts of compassion and justice, and acts of worship and devotion. It is also balanced between the personal (compassion and devotion) and social (justice and worship) dimensions of discipleship.

Coffee Break We’d like to start a new concept in small-groups called “Coffee Break” … these 10 to 15 minute groups can be outreach-oriented, and are a small-group Bible study that might work at your office. Using an informal, low-key approach, “Coffee Break” encourages participants to discover for themselves what the Bible says and means for their lives in an intense short-form meeting.

We will train and equip you to lead a “Coffee Break” group using three modules:

  • Small Group Principles,
  • The Inductive Study Method,
  • Evangelistic Purpose.
  • Want to start one … chat with Pastor Nestor … he will help you turn an idea into reality!

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