At Our Savior, our Small Group Ministries take on three different forms:
- Connecting Points
- Small-Group Bible Study
The differences may be subtle (and some groups may overlap), but it’s incredibly beneficial to be able to communicate what each group is. Below you can learn the difference between the three.
What are the differences?
A social function that meets on a regular basis. There may be a common interest or activity shared and it’s easy to invite new people. There’s little time spent in instruction or devotion, and the leader is often responsible with organizing a time and place for the gathering. Examples would be dinner parties, exercise groups or sports teams.
An informational and devotional time for people to gather regularly and intensively study Scripture. There’s little time spent in socialization; but due to the class lecture style, it may be easy to invite someone new, provided it’s not the middle of a series.
These often occur on a short-term basis, with a fixed number of meetings, depending on the topic covered. The leader does a large amount of preparation, as they are responsible for teaching the material. Examples would be a Sunday morning class that leads members through a book of the Bible, Financial Peace University or confirmation.
A group which regularly meets in a social way and spends considerable time in devotion. This is, the ultimate goal of any small group ministry. It incorporates interaction by encouraging relationships, seeks to inform through small-group devotions and studies, and is most effective at inviting others: through members asking friends and by works of service.
Studies are often done in a discussion style, with the leader simply moderating and facilitating the discussion. Each member is responsible for coming prepared to discuss the chosen topic and add insight to the conversation. These can be short- and long-term, and create tremendous opportunities for spiritual growth and discipleship. Examples include Give Up Give Out groups (short-term), a 55+ small group (long-term) or a college small group.