Small group ministries at churches are nothing new, so too often we don’t give them much thought. Yet, the Bible has some things to say about small groups which we would do well to understand.
Small groups were the way the earliest believers lived in community with one another and fulfilled the mission given them by Christ.
By comparison, the local churches represented in the Book of Acts were much larger than the average American church today – even the bigger ones (Acts 2:41, 47; 4:4; 5:14; 6:1, 7; 9:31, 35, 42; 11:21, 24, 26; 14:1, 21; 16:5; 17:4, 12; 18:8, 10; 19:26; 21:20).
Acts records that these larger churches were made up of smaller house churches (Acts 2:46; 5:42; 12:12-17; 20:20; Rom. 16:3-5, 10-11, 14-15; 1 Cor. 16:19; Phile. 1:2).
Why? Having believers meet in smaller groups solved many problems that can’t be addressed by only meeting in the larger community. It allowed them to minister more effectively to one another’s needs by getting to know one another better, foster real community within the Body of Christ because they knew each other better, and equip one another to live on mission on a trusted, personal level.
It is around these early Church emphases that Northland Community Church has built its small group ministry.
When you attend one of our small groups, you will find a unique opportunity to build community with a broader spectrum of NCC attendees, have an opportunity to minister to a wider group of friends, and be equipped to live on mission for Christ.
We have structured our small groups with these particular purposes in mind.
Our small groups are not “life groups”. While there’s nothing wrong with groups of believers who meet together in a small group in perpetuity, we desire for our small groups to afford each of us the opportunity to make friends with a wider variety of NCC attendees. Therefore, we have structured our small groups in semesters that meet for a defined period of time.
We encourage you to join a small group for a semester, make friends within that group, and let them help you in your walk with Christ. Then, move on to a different group the next semester and repeat the process with a whole new set of friends.
When you engage with NCC through our small groups, you will find that you connect with many more people than you would simply by attending on Sundays. You’ll get to know a wider variety of people by name, learn some things about them and them about you, and be equipped to serve Christ better because of it.
Don’t just sit on the sidelines and let life pass you by. Connect with the rest of the NCC body today.
Sign up for our current semester small groups here.