God created us to live in relationship with Him and with others. Small groups create space for us to care for others and to be cared for. They launch us into learning and growth – all in the context of community. It’s part of our design!
Rediscover Church: Spring 2023 Small Group Series
Have you ever wondered what the early church was like? How did we get to the church that we know today?
This spring, our small groups will follow along as the early church spreads to Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. We’re picking up where our fall series left off, with a 12-week study through the books of Acts. Sermon-based questions will be sent to group leaders on a weekly basis.
Our small groups start January 8. We hope you’ll join us by jumping into a small group or even hosting a group yourself! We’ll provide you with all the tools needed to host or co-host a small group. See sign-ups below!
FIND YOUR GROUP
So how do I join a small group?
We host two Small Group Fairs each year (fall and early spring) where you can physically meet hosts with groups openings before a new curriculum is launched. However, you can join a small group anytime throughout the year! Our Director of Group Life, Pastor Sean Carroll, would be happy to help find a good fit after learning more about your availability and preferences. Complete the form at the bottom of this page to learn more.
Why small groups?
Small groups allow us to connect with others through a common activity or purpose. They give space for life-giving conversations and relationships. They can be a catalyst to a supportive community, through prayer and the sharing and meeting of practical needs. Small groups allow us to know others and be known.
How often does a small group meet?
Twice a year, Ward provides a curriculum that generally aligns with the church-wide sermon series. During these semester, usually 6-8 weeks long, we encourage groups to meet weekly. Outside of this rhythm, your small group may decide to meet once every other week.
How is childcare handled?
Childcare varies from group to group. Some groups chose to arrange childcare individually, others “pitch in” for a babysitter to supervise all children at the host home. There are many options here, as each group dynamic is different. Together, discuss what works best for your group.
How do I find a group?
We’re here to help! Our Director of Group Life, Pastor Sean Carroll, would like to learn more about your season of life, location and schedule to help you explore groups that may be of most interest to you. Let Sean know you’re interested by completing the opportunity at the bottom of this webpage. While not everyone will find a perfect fit in the first group they try, the Fall and Spring semesters are great opportunities to try out a short-term group for a set number of weeks.
HOSTING A SMALL GROUP
Being a group host isn’t about being perfect, it’s about serving others by making space for these connections. We’ll give you the tools you need to start a successful small group. You can start a group around existing friendships, you can open your home to individuals at Ward looking for a group – or a little bit of both! Contact Director of Group Life, Sean Carroll at Sean.firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or fill out the “Hosting a Small Group” opportunity at the bottom of this webpage to get started.
How do I get the curriculum?
During the spring/fall semesters, we will make curriculums available right here on our small groups page, and through our on-demand media. Sign up to receive our weekly, sermon-based small group questions by emailing Sean.Carroll@ward.church. If you’re looking for an alternate study throughout the year, Director of Group Life, Pastor Sean Carroll can help you find something for your group. As part of the Ward Family, you have free access to RightNow Media, which has quality curriculum for small groups and more.
Is there a host meeting/training?
Training/host meetings are being done individually. If you have any questions before signing up, you can email Sean.Carroll@ward.church. After signing up, Sean will contact you to set up a training time.
What are the qualifications?
Someone who is excited to welcome others into their home and help facilitate small group discussion. You don’t need any experience in leading a small group, but a willingness to learn. You just need a tv, a home, and six weeks!
Do I build my own group or do you assign me people?
It’s up to you! You can gather together with an existing group of friends and/or neighbors. If you are excited to host and open to welcoming new faces to join you, we can help! We’ll match you with people who are looking to join a group like yours.