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Why Do Connect Groups exist?
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. We believe ministry goes beyond Sunday morning.
What are Connect Groups?
A connect group is an intentional gathering of people where you can connect with others on a regular basis who share your interests, who are at a similar stage in life, or who have experience in an area where you would like coaching.
Why should I Join a Connect Group?
It is through doing life together that our problems become smaller and God uses others to bring healing, support and encouragement to our lives—whether we realize we need it or not. Your connect group will quickly become a place where others don’t just know your name, but care about what is happening in your life.
Hosting a Connect Group
Hosting a connect group isn’t about being perfect; it’s about serving others by giving them a place to connect. Hosting a group is simple—choose a topic that interests you and select a time and location to meet with others to share it. We give you essential tools to make your connect group successful through Leadership Training and a directory where you can register your group so others can find it easily. We believe people’s lives are changed one semester at a time by moving one step toward Christ, and as a small group leader you get to play an important role in that process.
Current Connect Groups
Connect groups are underway; so if you are interested in hosting a connect group, please make plans to attend the Growth Track and our Leadership Training at Step Four of the Growth Track where you will be equipped to lead well.
Current Connect Groups
BIBLE STUDY BY PHONEThis is our weekly bible group where we further expound on the word of God, without you ever leaving home. Call in each Wednesday at 7PM. (713)999-1940.
M.O.F.I.A. (Men of Faith in Action)Join the men of Faith in Action for our monthly gathering at various places around the city. You are sure to enjoy an evening of food, fun, and brotherly fellowship. For more information, call Dr. Marcus at (281) 935-5625.
WONDERFULLY MADEWonderfully Made is where our youth and teen girls meet each month for various outings throughout the city. For more information, please call (281) 935-5625.
L.I.F.T. MINISTRYJoin L.I.F.T. (Ladies in Faith Together) as we meet monthly on topics about women, for women, designed to strengthen and encourage women. For more information, please call Dr. Wy Martin at (281) 935-5625.
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 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. Connect groups occur throughout the city of Houston.
4. HOW LONG DOES A TYPICAL CONNECT 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!