What is a small group?

A small group is basically a group of 6 to 10 people who want to grow spiritually and to connect with others who are going in the same direction. A small group provides a place to develop rich relationships with people, to get to know them and be known. It’s also a place to learn more about God and about how to deepen your relationship with Him. Small group members are there to encourage and support you through this spiritual journey and in the day-to-day challenges of life.

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Why should I join a group?

There is no such thing as a healthy, growing, lone-ranger Christian. As you plug into the church and join a group, you will learn more about God, develop relationships with other believers, and have the chance to serve other people through volunteering. All of these things, combined with your faithful prayer and Bible study, will work together to help you become a fully developing follower of Jesus Christ.

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Small Group FAQs

Our small groups are as varied as the individuals who attend them! We have all kinds of groups because we have all kinds of people. You’ll find groups for married couples, men, women, and young adults and within each of those group types, you’ll find a wide variety of topics and approaches. Every group has its own personality.

Some groups are topical. Some are focused on in-depth study. Some are more relational. Some are issue oriented. The best way to find out more about what’s available is to check out all the groups we have available on our Small Group’s website or visit our Small Group table in the main lobby after a weekend service. When you find one that you think might be a good fit, just contact the small group leader by email or give them a call and get more information about their group.

A typical small group will meet from an hour and a half to two hours. This varies among small groups, and this may sometimes change when there are special events included in the small group meeting (such as having a meal together). When you contact a small group leader about their group, they can tell you how long a typical meeting lasts for them.

You can join a small group anytime. Groups are ongoing. Just contact the small group leader before visiting to make sure the group is meeting the week you’d like to attend.

When visiting a small group for the first time, bring a Bible if you have one and maybe a pen or pencil. If the group has specific study materials, they’ll share those with you when you visit.

Every group has an open chair, so we’d love for you to bring a friend with you. And don’t worry if your friend doesn’t attend church yet or isn’t sure about Christianity; they’ll be warmly welcomed.

It’s always a good idea to give a group a couple of visits before making up your mind. It may take a few meetings with the group to begin to feel like you’ve found the right place. Of course, we want you to find a group that’s a good fit for you, so don’t be afraid to try another group if the group you’re visiting doesn’t seem to be a great match. We all understand that a lot of factors—schedules, personalities, study topics—go into finding a group that fits.

Generally, no. Once or twice a year, all IHC small groups participate in a church-wide focus and engage in the same topic and study guides as the rest of the church family. Otherwise, we encourage each group to select what they want to study based on the group’s purpose, interests, and spiritual maturity.

Most of our small groups are ongoing and continue meeting from year to year. The group may change over time, but a typical small group does not have an end date.

This is slightly different for Specialized Groups that often meet for a set number of weeks.

Each group handles childcare in different ways. Some small groups offer childcare; some groups have group members take turns watching the children; other groups may hire a babysitter and ask members to help cover the cost. Most groups do not provide childcare and leave it to group members to make arrangements on their own.

Groups offering childcare will indicate this in their small group description. You can also contact the small group leader to see how their group handles childcare and get more specifics.


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