SMALLGROUPS




Why small groups?

Because God created us for relationships (Gen 2:18; Acts 2:42-47; Heb 10:24-25; Ps 133:1; Matt 18:20). God Himself said, "It's not good for man to be alone" (Gen 2:18). Before Eve, Adam was alone. Yes, he was in perfect relationship with God, however God wanted Adam to be able to express love and experience what it is to be loved by someone like himself.


Because God commands us to love others (Matt 22:35-38; John 15:13; Rom 13:10; Eph 4:2; 1 John 3:16-18). Just as God did not see it fit for Adam to be alone, so too Jesus calls us to love others. He commands us to love God and love others (Matt 22:35-38). We cannot love others unless we engage them, meet with them, dine with them, share with them. Small groups create one of the best platforms for this to take place.


Because spiritual growth happens best in the context of community (Prov 27:17; Ecc 4:9-12; Gal 5:16-26). "Just as iron sharpens iron, so one sharpens another" (Prov 27:17). There are 59 verses in the New Testament where God is calling His children to "one another!" Love one another; forgive one another; submit to one another; build up one another; confess to one another; spur on one another; pray for one another. It seems quite clear that God is calling us to each other far beyond meeting once a week on Sunday morning for merely one hour. Small groups are an extension of the church, yet are able to reach deeper and more intimately in ways that the church cannot. 


Why 10 week blocks?

  The 10 week principle allows people off-ramps and on-ramps. Perhaps someone in the group feels called elsewhere or wants to begin a new group - this allows an easy no hard feelings off ramp. It also allows for easy on-ramps so people can join groups. The 10 week principle is easily conceivable. Studies have shown that people are less likely to commit to something that is an indefinite amount of time. Ideally, we want groups to build lifelong relationships with each other, continuously committing to one another. Finally, the 10 week principle allows HTC to assess small groups and group leaders with group evaluations at the end of each block.

"Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help."

- Ecclesiastes 4:9

Small Group Rescources

  • Consider starting a group

    We know for some, starting a group can be a huge a step of faith. That's why we want to help point you in the right direction. We have outlined some simple steps - almost like a pre-flight checklist - before you launch.

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  • Group Expectations

    We know that many people have had at one time or another some past experience of a small group.

    So, we want you to be able to see clearly what you can expect from an HTC small group.

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  • Facilitator Expectations

    Small group leaders play a pivotal role in helping HTC achieve its mission to lead people into a maturing relationship with Christ. Click the icon above to see the roles and qualifications of an HTC small group facilitator.

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  • Contact List

    Use this form to keep track of names, phone numbers, and emails of those participating in your group.

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  • Prayer List

    Use this form to keep track of prayer requests and praises throughout the course of your small group gathering.

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  • Group Evaluation

    We want HTC small groups to have the most impact for the cause of Christ. That's why we want to know how to better resource groups and encourage facilitators in key areas through this anonymous evaluation form.

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I'm interested in a small group!

Perhaps God has been tugging at your heart to join a small group recently. Perhaps He is calling you to take a step of faith and facilitate or host a small group in your home. Either way HTC wants to help you in your pursuit of small groups. Simply click the link below and let us know a few details about yourself so that we can better point you in the right direction.