What do you mean by "small group"?

A small group is a group of adults ranging in size from 8-15 people that meet together. We believe that God made us for relationship and community. We also believe that Jesus asked us to be his disciples...who also make other disciples.  In a Small Group, we disciple one another through relationships, though reading the Bible together, and then applying that to our lives each week.   

Where do small groups meet?

Small Groups meet in homes of the members. Some groups choose one house and always meet there. Other groups might rotate meeting in homes of the different people in the group. We really think that homes are the best atmosphere to get to know your group, visit authentically and openly with one another and learn to obey what the Bible is teaching us.  

How often to small groups meet together? 

The best schedule we have found for small group meeting together is three times a month with a week off. Additionally, we encourage meeting outside of small group times also. In many small groups, the women plan outings or meals together in between small group meetings as do the men. This allows us to deepen our relationships with each other and encourage one another toward deeper relationship with Jesus.  

What do they study in a small group?

College Heights provides "guides" that help move the group through conversation.  We always review what we talked about and learned the last week; and then ask each other if we put into practice what we talked about. We read from the Bible together and ask a lot of questions that help us to talk through what we think God teaching us.  

Do I have to know a lot about the Bible?

Nope. There are NO prerequisites to be in a small group....including knowing a lot about the Bible. A small group is where we really get to dive into learning from one another about Jesus and the Bible and how we can live in a way that honors God.  

What if I am not a Christian?

Again, there are NO prerequisites to be in a small group...and this includes being a Christian.  If you want to know more about Jesus and create relationships with others who also want to know more, a small group is the prefect context to do this in!  

Will there be snacks?

Each small group has their own plan. But, usually there are snacks or even a meal that everyone contributes to in whatever way they can. In a lot of our small groups, each member brings a food item to share with the group and they put out a spread of a variety of things.  

Do I need to bring anything?

Of course, you don't HAVE to bring anything. However, if you have a Bible, that might be a good idea. (Or use the YouVersion app on your smartphone.) If you like to jot down notes, bring a notebook and pen.  And, if you make a mean pan of brownies...definitely bring that!!  :)

How do I get connected to a small group?

The ideal way to get connected is through a relationship that you have with someone in the church...just ask them to join theirs. However, if you are new to College Heights or don't know anyone you would feel comfortable asking, we host a "Small Group Connect" every other month during the 9:15 AM service. During this time, you will visit with the Small Groups Minister about small groups and relational discipleship and how they fit together.