Small Groups at Journey Church

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What is a small group?

A small group is a group of 10-to-12 people gathered in someone’s home that meet regularly for Bible study, prayer, and other Biblical pursuits that set in motion and nurture the spiritual formation of individuals.   How can I learn more about small groups?

If you’re interested in learning more about our small groups or interested in signing up you can email our office at

Frequently Asked Questions:

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What is a Small Group? A small group is 6 to 12 people who gather weekly to encourage, challenge, and care for one another for the purpose of doing life with each other as we engage God together (Luke 10:25-37; Matthew 28:19-20).

Why do I need to be part of a Small Group? Simply put, “we need one another.” God made us that way. He designed us to be His personal agents to encourage, challenge, and care for one another. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34-35).
When and where do Small Groups meet? Each small group decides when and where it wants to meet. We can help you find groups that are meeting on a particular night or in a certain area of the city and connect you with them. Head over to our small group page to find out what current small groups are currently formed.
What about childcare? Each group has their own agreed upon childcare system, that is best for the group.
What do Small Groups discuss or study together? Every Small Group begins with a study designed to discover what it means to be part of a community. After that, groups are encouraged to follow the weekly sermon discussion questions designed specifically for Small Groups. As needed, groups can choose from a number of recommended curriculums to address specific areas for continued transformation, building relationships and equipping for service.
What’s the difference between Small Groups and a Bible study? Although in small groups the bible will be studied and applied the focus is more on doing life with others. On the other hand, in a Bible study although you may come away meeting new people or cultivating existing relationships the focus is studying and learning the scripture.   
What is the life expectancy of a Small Group? Many small groups form and immediately commit to meet for the amount of time they determine 2-24 months. However, we also offer a starter group, which is an introductory step into group life that lasts approximately six weeks. At the end six weeks, the group members can decide to continue as a community group and extend their commitment, or they can dissolve to find other group members. The length of time that your group meets together is decided by your group. If you have already connected with a small group then you have already taken the first step in the partnership process: you are involved!
What are the qualifications to become a Small Group leader?
  • Have been through Starting Point

  • Has completed or is going through VP3

  • Been in a Journey Small Group at least 6 months

  • Recommended by another leader

Spiritual warm—have a personal, growing relationship with Jesus Christ

Relationally warm—have good social skills and emotional intelligence

Recognize the Bible as the authority in their lives

Have been baptized

Is a partner at Journey Church

Has the time, emotional capacity, and moral discernment to facilitate a group




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