As Christians, we are called to grow in both our love for God and in our love for each other. At Grand Avenue we have found involvement in small groups to be one of the most effective ways to achieve this. Through Bible study, prayer, accountability and fellowship we encourage each other as disciples (followers) of Jesus Christ.
The purpose of small groups at GABC is to provide a predictable environment where participants experience spiritual growth and authentic community. We desire spiritual growth to enhance intimacy with God, to encourage Biblical life change, and to deepen our fellowship with one another. We desire an authentic community that will provide a place for each of us to connect, to belong, to be shepherded and cared for, and for mutual accountability to be fostered.
Small groups at Grand are not “support” groups or “counseling” groups, and they are not just study groups. Rather, they are used to cultivate spiritual fellowship where disciples grow together. They are a fellowship informed by Scripture and pursued through prayer, study and interpersonal reflection on God’s word.
What is the role of small groups at Grand?
The role of small groups will play a very essential part in the process of our spiritual growth. We desire to be a community of faith in which we surrender our lives to Christ and to each other. Small groups fill an important place in between the gathering of the full congregation in worship and the receiving of God’s Word, and those more intimate “one-on-one” relationships of discipleship.
Scripture calls us to not forget the assembling together for the purpose of encouraging one another. At these full congregational gatherings we receive God’s Word, we participate in the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Table. We gather to “remember” and to draw our attention upward in praise and honor of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In small groups we draw our attention horizontally to live out what it means to be called by, and identified with, Christ. We can only do this in the context of living “life-on-life.” We say to one another, “My life no longer belongs to just me. I give you the right to call me on things.” This is what it means to live within the community of the redeemed.
A note on childcare — Each group provides childcare in different ways. Please speak with a small group leader about options. Our Kids Cash ministry is available to assist with the cost of childcare during Small Group meetings.
How Can I Join a Small Group?
There are a few ways to get plugged into a small group at Grand:
- The best way is to get started is to attend a small group with a friend at GABC.
- Sign-up through our on-line form below
- Contact our Associate Pastor Eric Schumacher