small groups


Common Questions

  • What happens in a small group?

  • You’ve probably seen a small group and not even realized it. A small group looks like friends at lunch, teams playing basketball, or people studying a book or topic of interest. A small group is just as gathering of people, and it is less about what you do and more about who you do it with.

    By being in a small group, you can expect to connect with others through a common activity, engage in life-giving conversation and request prayer.

  • How often does a small group meet?

  • Our small groups meet in three semesters each year— spring (13 weeks), summer (6 weeks) and fall (13 weeks). During the semester, groups meet once a week. Small groups are meant to bring meaning and community into the flow of your life, so even if you can’t attend every meeting, there is still great value in joining a group.

  • Where do small groups meet?

  • Small groups happen wherever group leaders want them to meet. Our groups all meet on the northeastern side of Columbus.

  • How long does a typical small group stay together?

  • Most small groups meet for a semester. This way, new people can join groups easily and regularly. Also, the semester format allows you to try multiple groups each year. As relationships form, some groups choose to stay together for consecutive semesters, but new members are always welcome.

  • Is there childcare available?

  • Childcare varies from group to group. When you search our directory for a group, the group profile will indicate if childcare is available.

  • What if I don't like the first group I try?

  • The truth is, not everyone will find the best fit with the first group they try. This is why we encourage you to select a few groups that interest you, contact the leaders and try out a couple different groups before choosing the best one for you. The simple strategy to finding success in small groups is to not give up. We believe there is a group that is right for everyone—including you!

leading a Small Group

Leading a small group isn’t about being perfect; it’s about serving others by giving them a place to connect. Hosting a group is simple—choose a topic that interests you and select a time and location to meet with others to share it. We give you essential tools to make your small group successful through Leadership Training and a directory where you can register your group so others can find it easily. We believe people’s lives are changed one semester at a time by moving one step toward Christ, and as a small group leader you get to play an important role in that process.

If you're interested in what leading a group looks like please let us know by clicking the button below and completing the form. A team member will be in touch shortly with your next steps.