“The believers devoted themselves”…did you notice that it is not a believer, but believers together? The gospel of Mark tells us that Jesus “appointed twelve…that they might be with him.” (Mark 3:14) There are a variety of ways that we can practice being with Jesus—personal prayer, Bible study, and corporate worship are a few important ways. But it is in the context of a small group that we are able to encounter the living God through the power of the Spirit in unique and life changing ways.
In the context of a small group we can let our guard down and come “as is” to be known in all of our glory and all of our humanity. It is here that we can draw close to Jesus by listening to one another’s stories of faith and struggle. It is here that we can listen to the voice of the Spirit coming through a friend. It is here that we can experience real joy in community. It is here that we can bring our wonderings about scripture and search for answers together. In short, the small group is God’s best idea for discipleship! St. James has a rich small group history. We currently have over 25 small groups with 200 members.
We invite you this to take the risk of stepping into a small group. Would you join us in this great calling to devote ourselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the community, to shared meals, and to prayer? We hope so, not for our sake, but the sake of God’s kingdom come!
For more information on how to get involved in a small group, contact Joanie Rupert at email@example.com. We’d love to help you get plugged in!
Frequently Asked Questions About Small Groups
How do I join a small group?
There is often a table with a sign up sheet after each service. Or, you can Joanie Rupert at 303-985-9941 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We can help you start a new group or join an existing group.
How long is the commitment?
We continuously launch new groups that meet for six consecutive weeks. Each group will reevaluate at the end of the six weeks to determine its future.
What does a small group meeting look like?
Usually there is a time to gather and share your lives in a casual atmosphere, some sort of study of scripture or relevant book, and prayer. Our team is ready to assist you in choosing study materials.
When do small groups meet?
Each group is invited to determine the best schedule for meetings. We will assist you in finding locations, days, and times for meeting. Typically a group meets for 1 ½ to 2 hours during the evening or on a weekend day.
How big is a small group?
A small group is usually 8-12 people who gather together.
Do I have to host a group in my home to start a group?
We have two rooms at the church, the staff lounge and the chapel, that have the right space and atmosphere for a small group meeting. Just call the church office to set that up.
What about childcare?
We want to help you to establish childcare for your meetings. We can do that at the church or in the context of the home where your group is meeting.
What if our group runs into a problem?
Pastor Wayne is ready to come alongside any group that needs help. Just call or email him. He is eager to help!