Harbor Trinity believes that small groups are the primary place, beyond Sunday worship, where people can connect, grow, and support others for the cause of Christ. We believe so strongly in the influence and power of a small group that HTC has set out on a goal to have 60% of its regular attenders participate in a small group by this Fall. After that, we are aiming to see that percentage increase to 75% by this Spring.
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.
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
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.