Foothills Christian Church is a church of small groups. What does that mean? We do ministry primarily in and through small groups rather than through a variety of programs, one of which is small groups.
Let's say someone comes to me and says, "I want to start a prison ministry," or "I want to reach out to the homeless," or "I want to start a men's basketball team." My response in every case would be "Start a small group!"
Our church has a variety of types of groups. Care groups are organized mainly by geography and are holistic in nature. Support and recovery groups include groups such as DivorceCare, Single Parents, 12 Steps, and Weigh Down. Task groups include a Parking Lot Team, Hospitality Teams, and other ministry teams. Short-term topical and training groups include ALPHA and Faith Foundations (both for new people), Bible Survey and Personal Bible Study Methods (for maturing disciples), and Turbo (for emerging group leaders). Our sports ministry groups include men's basketball and softball teams, mall walkers, and other teams and groups. They always include a time of prayer and a devotional Bible study at each game or meeting. All our teams play in city leagues to fulfill our church's mission of being disciple makers. Affinity groups include groups for men, women, and singles.
The purpose of all these groups is to develop fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Each finds a different means of doing that, but still, discipleship is the key.
What's to keep all these groups from going in a thousand different directions? Synergy. Each type of group is like a system in the human body. The circulatory system works with the digestive system and vice versa. Each system does its part and works with the others to help the body ...