Here's a few answers to our most common questions.
What types of groups do you have?
We organize our Groups by types and categories. The ‘type’ is simply who’s in the group: Men’s, Women’s, Co-ed, or Couples/Family. The ‘category’ is the focus of the group: Bible Study & Prayer, Recreation, Financial, or Outreach.
When do groups meet?
Groups meet in 3 semesters throughout the year: Spring, Summer, and Fall. During each semester, groups meet weekly. Relationships develop best when groups spend consistent time together. Commitment is key for groups to be a place where relationships thrive and develop.
What happens at a group meeting?
The focus of every group is to fulfill our mission as a church: to be with Jesus, to be in community, and to be on mission. So every group, no matter, if it’s a recreational group or a Bible study group, will seek to live that out together. Every group will have a spiritual component to help group members grow in their faith and love Jesus. Every group will focus on building friendships and community together to share in life’s joys and challenges with one another. And every group will seek to be on mission together by loving and serving those around them.
Where do groups meet? Can my group meet at the church?
Groups meet where everyday life happens! In homes, workplaces, coffee shops, parks, and gyms. Where do you do life? That’s where Southland Groups are happening! We want to unleash a revolution of love outside of the church walls. Jesus was the ultimate example of this, meeting with his disciples on the sides of mountains, in boats, in homes - not just at the temple. We believe life-change, evangelism, and relationships happen more naturally as we meet outside of the church building. Anywhere can be a great place to meet Jesus and his truths!
How long do groups meet together?
Groups can stay together for one semester or for many semesters. The Fall and Spring semesters are 13 weeks long, and the Summer semester is 7 weeks. Each semester you can choose to whether to stay in the same group, try a new group, or take a break.
How do I find a small group?
We want finding and joining a group to be as simple as possible! So all of our groups are listed on an easy to use online directory.
Click ‘Join A Group.’
Search for a group based on campus, day of the week, type of group, or life stage.
Once you find a group you are interested in, click ‘Join This Group’ above their description.
An email will be sent to the Group Leader so they can contact you!
Can I join a group a few weeks into the semester?
Yes! If a group is still ‘open’, you can join at any point in the semester. Groups listed as ‘closed’ means they are full at this time.
Do I have to stick with the first group I attend?
If you attend a group that doesn’t seem to be a good fit, don’t feel guilty - you can try a new group! As you explore potential groups, reach out and contact the leaders to learn more about the group. It can take attending a couple of different groups to find the right fit, so don’t give up! There’s a place for you!
Is childcare provided?
Each group handles childcare independently. Check the group description to see if childcare is available for a specific group or ask the Group Leader.
I have a group already, but we want to open it to new people. Can we do that?
Absolutely! Click on “Start A Group” at the top of this page and fill out the short form. Your campus Groups Pastors will contact you to help get your Group up on the directory!
I’ve never led a group before. What training and resources do you have to help leaders?
Leading a group isn’t about being perfect; it’s about serving others by giving them a space to connect. Leading a group is simple—choose an activity or study that interests you and select a time and place to meet with others to share it! We’ll give you the essential tools and resources in a Leader Training and coaching throughout the semester to be successful. We’ll also walk you through the wide variety of resources we have available for groups, including sermon discussion guides, online video studies, podcasts, and more.
How do I become a Group Leader?
After you sign up to start a group, your Campus Groups Pastor will send you a Southland Volunteer Application and set up a time to get to know you better. We’ll invite you to one of our Group Leader trainings to give you some tools and resources to get your group up and running.