Small Groups are the key ministry to practice Christ Community Church’s “relational” value. The purpose of the groups is to develop those deep relationships. It is within the Small Group where you can feel safe, get support and ask questions.
Why do Small Groups exist?
Small groups have one, simple purpose: to bring people together. We believe God created us to live in relationship with others and only then can we live the full life He intends for us. Sharing life through community is part of our design, but meaningful relationships aren’t always easy to find. That’s why small groups exist—to make these life-changing relationships relevant and accessible to you.
What are Small Groups?
A small group is an intentional gathering of people where you can connect with others on a regular basis who share your interests, who are at a similar stage in life, or who have experience in an area where you would like coaching.
Why should I join a Small Group?
It is through doing life together that our problems become smaller and God uses others to bring healing, support and encouragement to our lives—whether we realize we need it or not. Your small group will quickly become a place where others don’t just know your name, but care about what is happening in your life. You will not only find support in a small group, but will be challenged to grow in your faith and your relationship with God.
Current Small Groups
Our Summer Small Group semester starts May 28th and lasts until July 8th. The list of available groups is posted below!
If you need help finding a Small Group, please contact Bob Pursley by completing the contact form below.
Current Small Groups
Book Study Groups Reaching Out
Henri Nouwen’s book covering the Three Movements of Spritual Life
A group for adults led by Bob Pursley
Tuesdays at 7pm
Women’s Groups Members share favorite devotionals
Led by Rosa Campbell
Wednesdays at 6:30pm; Wallace Room
Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst
A book study group for women of all ages
Led by Carleigh Cronkright
Thursdays at 10am; Wallace Room
Family Group Grilling
A group for everyone to get together, enjoy a good meal and hold open discussion
Led by Amber and Gerald Dummit
Starts Saturday, June 3 at 5pm; Dummit home
Common Interest Groups Hiking
A group for people to hike the Starved Rock trails
Led by Paul & Sarah Johnson
Tuesdays at 10am, meet in the Bethel Church parking lot, plan to return by 1pm
Bring water & comfortable hiking shoes; sack lunch is optional
A group for adults to get together and bike
Led by Liz Katrein
Saturdays at 9am; starting at the I&M Canal at Boyce Memorial
How to Make Good Videos
A group for those interested in learning how to make videos that people want to watch
Led by DeWayne Cronkright & Dan Hennenfent
Wednesdays at 7pm; Upper Room
High-School/College aged Groups Frisbee Fun
A group for students to get together and throw the frisbee
Led by Carleigh Cronkright
Tuesdays from 4pm-5pm; Allen Park
Jr. High/High-School Group Encounter
A group for 7th grade-High School
Led by Don Maxon
Thursdays at 7pm
Held at the Maxon home
Commonly Asked Questions
1. What happens at a Small Group meeting?
You’ve probably seen small groups meeting and not even realized it. A small group looks like friends at lunch, teams playing basketball, or people studying a book or topic of interest. At its core, a small group is a small gathering of people, and it is less about what you do and more about who you do it with. By participating in small groups, you can expect to connect with others through a common activity, engage in life giving conversation with God and each other and request prayer.
2. How often does a Small Group meet?
Our small groups meet for three semesters a year—winter/spring, summer, and fall. During the semester, groups meet once a week. Small groups are meant to bring meaning and community into the flow of your life so even if you can’t attend every, single meeting, there is still great value in joining a group.
3. Where do Small Groups meet?
Small groups meet in places like homes, parks, restaurants, coffee shops and office buildings. The leader of the group selects a meeting spot that best fits the purpose of the group.
4. How long does a typical Small Group stay together?
Most small groups meet for a semester. This way, new people can join groups easily and regularly. Also, the semester format allows you to try multiple groups each year. As relationships form, some groups choose to stay together for consecutive semesters.
5. Is there childcare available?
Childcare varies from group to group. When you contact our Small Groups Coordinator, Bob Pursley, he will let you know the specifics of childcare related to your group of interest.
6. What if I don’t like the first group I try?
The truth is, not everyone will find the best fit with the first group they try. This is why we encourage you to select a few groups that interest you, contact the leaders and try out a couple different groups before choosing the best one for you. The simple strategy to finding success in small groups is to not give up. We believe there is a group that is right for everyone—including you!
If you need any information or wish to get in contact with a Small Group Leader, please contact the Small Group Coordinator, Bob Pursley, by filling out the form below.