Life is better together! It’s also how God designed us – we need relationships to grow emotionally and spiritually. Community Groups offer an environment where you can apply the Bible to your life, build authentic relationships and experience care.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Community Group?Nick Canazzi2019-07-02T10:55:15-07:00
We were designed by God to be in relationship with others, and relationships are formed when we gather in circles versus rows. For this reason, New Heights has a long history of investing in groups. Moving to a church-wide Community Group system allows us to quickly connect people who are new to God and new to our church.
When and where do Community Groups meet?Nick Canazzi2019-07-02T10:53:30-07:00
Community Groups meet during the school year in trimesters, taking an extended break during the holiday season and again at Easter. Three 10-week trimesters kick off in the fall, winter and spring.
We ask that you commit to a group for a trimester. At the end of the session, you can choose to stay in the same group, try a new group or take a break. Most groups will stay together throughout the entire year.
Together, we’ll dig into the weekend message. Community Group is a place where we’ll focus on what it means to apply the teachings of the Bible to our everyday life – how we interact with our spouse, our orientation at work, the way we parent, even the reactions we have to fellow drivers on the road! 😉
We know child care can be a challenge, but want to encourage you that the benefit of being connected in a Community Group is worth solving the challenge!
Here are some of the most common solutions:
Each family handles their own child care.
Families with kids collectively pay a babysitter to be with all the kids, either onsite in another room or offsite at another house.
Co-op child care amongst the group. Rotating through the group, two people pair up to be with the kids, either onsite in another room or offsite at another house.
If only a handful of people have kids, the group may choose to pool funds to help cover the cost of child care.
If you have older kids, we’d love for them to have a similar group expereince with their peers. Check out the small group programs available for REV (middle school ministry) and HSM (high school ministry).
How are Community Groups formed?Nick Canazzi2019-06-27T21:26:33-07:00
During the launch phase, every Community Group will be focused on training leaders for the next trimester. With that in mind, we will organize groups for the launch fall trimester.
Beginning in January, groups will be formed by Community Group leaders. They’ll be encouraged to build groups that include people they know and those they don’t. We will also occasionally ask leaders to make space for new people. We want to help you find a group that is a great fit!
How are Community Group leaders trained and supported?Nick Canazzi2019-07-01T14:36:47-07:00
The best training a Community Group leader can get is to experience one! All of our leaders will be in a Community Group for at least one trimester before leading their own group. During this launch phase, it will feel a little slow going as we wait to get an adequate number of leaders trained. Thanks for your patience! It’s worth it to go slow and train well.
Ongoing training will happen in a large group format twice a year, followed by a celebration in the spring. Every group will also have a staff coach, who will encourage and support them throughout the year.
What should I do if I’m already in a small group?Nick Canazzi2019-07-02T10:52:59-07:00
We’re so glad you have a “home!” We would love to have your group fold into our church-wide Community Group format. Here’s how you can do that – ask two leaders from your group to join a Community Group for one trimester. The following trimester, they can lead your group in the new format.
During this launch phase, we’ll do our best to get existing small group leaders into a Community Group for training. But, in the meantime, feel free to continue meeting!
Are there Community Groups for students?Nick Canazzi2019-07-02T10:52:19-07:00
Yes! And no. Both HSM (high school) and REV (middle school) offer small groups for students during the school year. Just like Community Groups, these small group gatherings are vital to the spiritual growth of our students. But the schedule and topic of study is designed with students in mind and doesn’t follow our church-wide Community Group program.