Small Group Countdown
Rev. Jack Peebles shares the top eight reasons why it might be time for you to join a small group.
8. First Pres is BIG. With nearly 4,000 members, finding a place to get connected at our church can be daunting. Small groups provide “small church” settings where you can more easily get to know others who are part of our covenant community, and come to understand what a covenant is.
7. You have questions. We all have questions about faith, life and how we live out our relationship with Jesus. A small group is a great place for discussion. In fact, some of the richest small group experiences are multigenerational-- functioning as a spiritual family where one generation can pour into the next. Our church is filled with people who have a wealth of knowledge and experience. Whether your question is related to a particular passage of Scripture, or how to be a Christian parent in a rapidly changing and confusing world, a small group can be a place to find answers.
6. Food, obviously. Cooking may not be a spiritual gift, but some people are certainly “culinarily” blessed by God. Small groups are a great opportunity to show hospitality, welcome and share your foodie discoveries. (Hint: some of the best food we’ve ever eaten has been shared at small group.) Potlucks, barbecues, and theme nights are just some of the traditions adopted by various groups to celebrate seasons of life together. Jesus knew this, and often sat down at the table with friends and strangers to share a meal.
5. Relationships are transformative. Perhaps you’ve heard it said: “Christianity happens at the speed of relationships”? Our church believes this. More than programs or ministries, relationships are the main vehicles through which the Gospel is shared. Whether you are extroverted and have lots of relationships, or introverted and treasure a few deep ones, faith is passed on through those relationships in your everyday rhythms of life. Small groups provide space where invitations can be extended…and relationships (with others and Jesus) can flourish!
4. Your Biblical knowledge grows exponentially. Our church values the authority of Scripture and believes the Bible to be God’s “Good News” to us. We want every member to have a solid understanding of the Scriptures and be able to apply the Bible’s truth to his or her life. Small groups give you the opportunity to study the Bible with others, benefiting from their insights and wisdom as God speaks to you, and you in turn, learn to listen and respond to His voice.
3. You get a support system by design. When you are struggling, there is no better place to be than in a small group. One of the great privileges we have as the Body of Christ is to care and pray for each other. A small group is a brilliant support system for caring, encouragement, and prayer. When you know what’s going on in each others’ lives, you have connected on a deeper level. That connection leads to accountability and accountability leads to growth.
2. Disciples can become the disciple-rs. Leading a small group can be an incredibly rewarding experience, and is a great place to take your first steps in leadership. If you have progressed in your journey of discipleship and have reached a point where you have the capacity to lead and disciple others, leading a small group is an easy way to do for others what someone has done for you!
1. We’re all on a journey together. The most important reason to join a small group is to further your journey of discipleship. This is not a journey of isolation… in other words, it’s not simply between you and God. When you say, “Yes” to God, you also say, “Yes” to God’s family. Thus, being in a small group is a way to be connected to the larger church as we strive to fulfill our mission to make disciples who light the world.
Get placed in your group! Fill out the form online by August 22 and we'll get you placed in a new or existing small group in time for the September 11 study series. Learn more at