Our mission is to move people from where they are to where God wants them to be. This is about life-change and we believe life-change happens best in biblical community. At FBFirst we strive to create biblical community through our small groups ministry. This is why we value relationships, because we need each other to take steps of faith together.
Small groups are a place where you can build relationships, find encouragement, and just have fun. In these groups people can study God’s Word together and discover truth to help navigate the issues and challenges of everyday life. It is also where they can pray together, care for one another, and serve others. Ultimately, we want groups to reproduce themselves, as more and more people become followers of Jesus.
Still not sure?
Check out these commonly asked questions.
Ready to join a group?
Register for our next groupCONNECT by completing the groupCONNECT Reservation form. groupCONNECT is an opportunity for you to meet other people interested in forming a new group. It is not our desire to assign you to a group, rather we will ask a series of questions and trust that God will guide us through the amazing process of forming new groups. There is no obligation to join a group, and you can always try again at our next event. If you have any questions about groupCONNECT please contact Pastor Bill.
Can’t wait for groupCONNECT or still not ready for life in a Small Group?
Check out one of our Adult Bible Studies, Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM on campus. Here is the complete list of Adult Bible Studies.
Want to start your own small group?
If God is calling you to lead a small group then more than likely He has already put the people in your life that need to join you. Begin praying now. More important than the personality of the leader, the selected study, or the location of the group is the amount of prayer that goes into the group before it ever begins. Then contact Pastor Bill for help getting started.
COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What does a Small Group look like?
A Small Group is made up of 5 to 6 couples or 6 to 8 individuals that meet together on a weekly basis in homes throughout our community. It is in a Small Group where you study God’s Word together in a setting in which you can tackle the tough questions and challenges of life. You will find Small Groups to be a comfortable place where you can connect with and share life with like-minded people.
How many weeks or months does a small group last?
Most new groups go through a study called Community: Starting Well in Your Small Group that takes about 8 weeks to complete. At that point the study will walk you through the decision to keep going in the group or gracefully exit to try something different. The typical life cycle of a group that stays together is 12 to 18 months.
How long does a group meeting last?
For group meetings to be effective they will need to last approximately 1.5 to 2 hours each week. Each group can decide how to best work this out, but a typical 2-hour meeting might consist of 30 minutes of social time, 60 minutes of Bible study and discussion, and 30 minutes of sharing requests and praying.
What about childcare?
Each individual group is responsible for deciding how to handle childcare needs. Some options are — have families arrange for personal sitters, chip in together for a sitter who watches children in a different room while the group is meeting, group members take turns watching the kids each week, or if the ages are appropriate consider letting the kids play together while the adults meet.
Am I going to have to talk or can I just sit and listen during meetings?
Small Groups are like family – sometimes you talk, sometimes you listen. No one is forced to talk or to lead the group. As the group develops, people become much more comfortable with each other. In the initial Community study you are asked to share your story by the fourth or fifth week.
Will I have to pray out loud?
No. You are allowed to move and grow at your own pace. When you want to share a prayer concern or pray out loud, you will be encouraged to do so.
How much do I have to know about the Bible?
Nothing. Small Groups are about applying the Bible to your life, not debating it or being tested on it.
Are Small Groups open or closed?
Small groups are not open or closed, but they may be full because of the size and season of the group. Some groups may be full because of the physical space available where they meet. Some groups may be full because of the relational space available. That means groups sometimes need time to gel, build trust, or just walk with each other though difficult times. Therefore their season is not ripe for addition. What we do is ask the leader to manage the size of the group to provide the best environment for authentic biblical community. Ultimately the best way to get new people involved in a group is to start a new one, because multiplication is better than addition.