Community Group FAQ
The Spring Community Group Session begins the week following March 23 and ends the week following May 18, 2014. For more information about the current group options, visit the "Join a Group" page.
What is a Community Group?
At WordServe Church, a Community Group (some churches call them "small groups") is basically a group of people who want their faith to make a difference in their day-to-day lives. Groups are composed of 10-14 people, and they meet every week to hang out, study the Bible, and support one another through life's good and bad times. Groups meet for 3 semesters of 8 to 10 weeks each. There is one semester each for Fall, Winter, and Spring.
Why should I be in a Community Group?
There is no better place to find the support and encouragement we all need to explore and develop our faith! Community Groups create safe environments to ask questions about faith, and they are the perfect way to walk through life's ups and downs with supportive, life-giving relationships. Community Groups also provide strength in numbers when trying something new. Not too sure about how to take a “next step” in your faith life? It’s a lot easier when you have caring friends to take it with you!
When and where do Community Groups meet?
Groups meet in people's homes throughout the greater Fulshear/west Katy area. We meet on different days of the week, and one home in each group is designated as the Host home, so Groups don't change locations every week. Each meeting lasts about 2 hours and includes food, fellowship, Bible study, and prayer time. WordServe's Group schedule is divided into Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer quarters--with Groups meeting in the Fall, Winter, and Spring, and taking a break in the Summer.
What is expected of Community Group members?
Joining a Community Group involves an 8 to 10 week commitment to attend weekly meetings. It also involves 10-30 minutes a week of "homework" to help you be prepared for the Group discussion time. Our commitment to being prepared is what makes these groups worth the time and effort to attend. Obviously, allowances are made for unavoidable circumstances, but your commitment is the key to a strong group.
What if I want to try another Group?
We ask that you remain committed to the group you sign up for one 8 to 10 week session. However, if the group is not a good fit and you want to try something new, feel free to sign up for a different Group in the next session--no hard feelings. The goal is to find the Group that is right for you. Once you find the Group that is right for you, we hope you'll plug in and stay a part of that Group for as long as you can! That way, life-long relationships can develop.
What goes on at a Community Group?
Community Groups are centered on Christ. We enjoy good food, great conversation, and Bible study, all in an effort to learn how to apply our faith to our daily lives. Once per session, groups serve together in a Compassion event, where they joyfully serve others in the Fulshear/west Katy/metro Houston area. There are no strange rituals or required Kool-Aid drinking in Community Groups--just regular folks getting together for dinner and discussion.
How does a Community Group help me grow in my faith?
Want to live in a community that is different than anything you’ve ever encountered? Try a community where Christ’s love is at the heart of everything we do! Groups are a great blend of the Great Commission (Matt 28:19-20) and the Great Commandment (Matt 22:37-40), and they help us grow in the following ways:
1. We grow closer – Community Groups are a place to belong, not just attend. As we grow closer to each other and to God, we create an environment where we can be authentic and real. We can share our struggles and our joys. We can help each other live out our faith in daily life.
2. We grow deeper – Our goal is not simply to learn more about the Bible, our goal is to live more of the Bible. Through study, discussion, and prayer, we seek to let Christ work in us and through us. We seek an authentic faith that transforms us (Colossians 3:10) so that we can grow deeper in that faith.
3. We grow outward – As we experience fullness in Christ, we pour out into others with compassionate service. We want to live out Jesus' command to “love our neighbors as ourselves” (Matt 22:39). We also invite others to experience the same fullness of Christ that is available to everyone (Matt 28:19).
4. We grow upward – None of this growth is through self-effort. Unless we experience God in our lives, Community Groups will just be another thing on our already busy schedules. We intentionally seek God’s face and presence so that we have an increase in the fruit of the Spirit in our lives (Galatians 5:22, 23). Let’s face it: who doesn’t need more peace and joy in their lives?
What do we study in the Group?
Each Fall we do a church-wide study. However, in the Winter and Spring, we will use both individual and group “Spiritual Health Surveys” to determine what areas of growth would be good for individual groups. Groups will then be empowered to choose studies that further their growth in areas they need to develop. Our Pastor of Community will serve as a resource guide to help you find a study that meets your needs.
What if I've never done this "Group" thing before?
Community Groups are PERFECT for you! There's no special knowledge or information you need. With our system of assessment and growth partners, everyone can be encouraged to take the next step in their faith life.
What if I'm not even sure about this whole "God" thing? Can I still be in a Group?
Of course you can. In fact, Community Groups are great places to explore faith and ask tough questions, because it's just a group of people who trust one another and who are trying to figure it all out together.
Does it cost anything to be a part of a Group?
Some studies may require that group members purchase books and/or materials. If this cost is a detriment to your being a part of the group, please let us know. We have some scholarships available, and we do not want money to be a barrier to you experiencing the amazing things that happen in Community Groups.
What about my kids?
WordServe loves kids! We find that some parents are more able to enjoy groups without kids, and some parents want to have their kids nearby (or to participate in special times like prayer, etc.). We let groups decide whether they will be a “no-kid” zone or a “kid-friendly” zone. That way you can pick what would be best for your spiritual growth.
There are many options when considering childcare. Each person can hire their own babysitter, parents can pool resources (and children) and share a babysitter, or perhaps the group might consider hiring a group babysitter(s). When considering pooling resources for shared childcare, keep in mind the Safe Sanctuary guidelines (they can be found here) to keep our children safe.
If arranging weekly childcare is a financial difficulty for you, WordServe urges you to deduct the cost of your babysitter from what you give to the church on a regular basis. Yeah, it's that important!
Are there Community Groups for Youth?
There is a separate program for youth-age students called WordServe Youth, where kids from 6th through 12th grade grow together in an atmosphere like a Community Group just for them. You can read more about WordServe Youth by clicking here.
How do I sign up?
The Spring Community Group Session begins the week following March 23 and ends the week following May 18, 2014. Click here to sign up for a group.
If you have any questions about Groups, please don't hesitate to call us (281-455-5258) or email Bill Hogan (firstname.lastname@example.org), and we will gladly assist you.