Upcoming Community Group DatesFall 2017: September 17 - December 8
Why Community Groups?
Sundays connect us with God; Community Groups connect us with
Grow in your relationship with God alongside people who resonate with same life experiences as you do.
Meaningful relationships are a result of Community Groups genuinely caring about one another through all seasons of life.
Start a Group
The best conversations start with great questions, so if you can sip some coffee (or sweet tea!) and ask the questions we provide, you can begin making a difference in the lives of people at The Gathering! When you become a leader, our training will equip you with everything you need to get started. Plus, you can fill your group personally or connect with others looking for a group through the Find A Group search option.
Host a Group
Technically, you don’t have to pour coffee. You may prefer sweet tea or water, but we are so thankful for the families who are hosting Community Groups in their homes throughout the area. Having a comfortable place to meet is essential in forming the best environment for people to grow relationally. When you host a group, your gift of hospitality creates the place where families can do life together.
Frequently Asked Questions about Community Groups
What are Community Groups?
Community Groups are an exciting way for you to meet and connect with others at The Gathering! By meeting in homes across the area, Community Groups provide a fun-filled, relaxing environment for people to engage in meaningful relationships by doing life together. Community Groups are focused on building relationships, growing together in your walk with God and praying for one another.
When do Community Groups meet?
Most Community Groups meet once a week, although some meet every other week. You’ll find a Community Group meeting somewhere on almost any night of the week.
What happens in a Community Group?
Most groups have snacks or dinner each week so typically the group will begin by enjoying some good food. Then you would move into a time of talking about Sunday’s message followed by praying for one another’s needs. Groups also plan fun activities together such as camping, picnics, movie nights and serving the city together.
What studies do Community Groups follow?
The majority of our Community Groups are Sermon Based, which means that the discussions are centered on the current Sunday message at The Gathering. We’ve found that the Sermon Based approach helps group members consider practically how the passage applies to their lives throughout the week. Sometimes groups do book studies or video studies found on feedyourself.net.
What about childcare?
Not every group provides childcare but of those that do, some groups offer childcare at the home where they meet while others have childcare at a separate location. When inquiring about a group online, you can ask the leader how their group organizes with children.
What if I don't connect with the Community Group I visit?
Our goal at The Gathering is to help you find meaningful relationships in which you can grow. We understand that it may take checking out two or three different groups to find the right fit. With that in mind, we encourage you to give each group a few weeks before trying a new one. It usually takes a few weeks for people to break the ice and begin connecting.
Group Leader Resources
“The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.”
C. S. Lewis
“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”
“It may not be an easy thing to live in sweet fellowship with all those with whom we come in contact, but that is what the grace of God is given to us for.”
D. L. Moody
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”