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The Purpose Of Connect GroupsConnect Group FAQ's

We were not CREATED to do life alone.
Our groups exist to CONNECT people to Christ and to others.

Connect groups have one, simple purpose: to bring people together. We believe God created us to live in relationship with others and only then can we live the full life He intends for us. Sharing life through community is part of our design, but meaningful relationships aren’t always easy to find. That’s why connect groups exist—to make these life-changing relationships relevant and accessible to you.
The Spring Semester begins on January 22nd and continues through the first of May. You can use our connect groups directory to find the group that is right for you. You can search groups by location, using your zip code, or category, using the dropdown selector. We recommend selecting a few groups that interest you before deciding on the best one. Contact the leaders to get more info, and make plans to try it out in person! If you would like to lead a group this semester, please register your group here.

1. WHAT HAPPENS AT A CONNECT GROUP MEETING?
You’ve probably seen connect groups meeting and not even realized it. A connect group looks like friends at lunch, teams playing basketball, or people studying a book or topic of interest. At its core, a connect group is a small gathering of people, and it is less about what you do and more about who you do it with. By participating in connect groups, you can expect to connect with others through a common activity, engage in life giving conversation and request prayer.

2. HOW OFTEN DOES A CONNECT GROUP MEET?
Our connect groups meet for three semesters a year—winter/spring, summer, and fall. During the semester, most groups meet once a week. Connect groups are meant to bring meaning and community into the flow of your life so even if you can’t attend every single meeting, there is still great value in joining a group.

3. WHERE DO CONNECT GROUPS MEET?
Connect groups meet in places like homes, parks, restaurants, coffee shops and office buildings. The leader of the group selects a meeting spot that best fits the purpose of the group.

4. HOW LONG DOES A TYPICAL SMALL GROUP STAY TOGETHER?
Most connect 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.

5. 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.

6. 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 connect groups is to not give up. We believe there is a group that is right for everyone—including you!

Eric’s Story

 

Connect Groups are a place where connections are made, relationships are built, and healing begins. Watch Eric’s incredible testimony about the power of relationships and redemption.

“I’m thankful for my friends in Connect Group and I’m thankful for Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior.”