WHAT ARE SMALL GROUPS AT HILLSIDE?
Gatherings of 5-12 people who are on mission with the gospel, and meet regularly for worship, discipleship, service, celebration and multiplication. Small Groups are the context where the gospel gets "fleshed out" in our everyday lives.
I'M NEW. MAY I JOIN AN EXISTING GROUP?
Yes! We desire that everyone participates and serves in a Small Group. We believe that Small Groups are the best place for community, accountability, fellowship, personal and spiritual growth, and mission. Therefore, Small Groups are the best place for discipleship.
WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?
Some small groups have a specific focus such as missions or intercessory prayer, depending on personal interests. Others take on a more traditional small group format. You might enjoy a group with those who are in the same stage of life - or you might prefer something more intergenerational. You decide!
WHEN WILL WE MEET?
Each group determines the frequency of meetings. The more a group meets, the great effect this will have on spiritual formation. Regular meetings will help you connect more quickly in authentic community. Each group decides on the length of its meetings, but usually around 1-2 hours. Most groups meet in homes, but the group's purpose and identity will dictate location.
HOW LONG WILL I BE IN THE GROUP?
Groups may last for just a few months - or they might last much longer. Don't be afraid of making a commitment. Each year the groups have “on/off ramps” in September and January that allow you to either change or continue on with your current group.
What will we study in our group?
Each group is encouraged to pick their own study topic based on the mission of the group. You will certainly have input into your group's decision. Groups might study a book, enjoy a Bible study, watch biblical teaching videos, or discuss sermon-based questions from the weekly sermon. Every two years Hillside offers a church-wide study option for all the groups to join for a set period of time. This is always an enjoyable study that brings the church together with a single focus.
MAY I INVITE OTHERS INTO A SMALL GROUP?