Small groups do what the larger numbers of a Sunday morning can’t do. Small groups provide make it possible to go deeper.
To reduce confusion and burnout as well as and improve the promotion of small groups, we are starting a semester system where all small groups start and end at the same time.
Winter group proposal deadline: Thursday, December 20, 2018
Small Group Promo Sunday: December 30, 2018
Small Group Training or Orientation: Saturday, January 5, 2019 (9am-12pm)
WINTER: Max. 10 Weeks – January 6, 2019 – March 16, 2019
Spring group proposal deadline: Thursday, March 14, 2019
Small Group Training or Orientation: Friday, April 5, 2019 (7-9pm)
Small Group Promo Sunday: March 31, 2019
SPRING: Max. 8 Weeks – April 7, 2019 – June 1, 2019
Fall group proposal deadline: Thursday, August 29, 2019
Small Group Training or Orientation: Monday, September 9, 2019 (7-9pm)
Small Group Promo Sunday: Sunday, September 15, 2019
FALL: Max. 10 Weeks – September 22, December 14, 2019
Types of Small Groups
LIFE GROUPS: Open to the public at certain seasons of a group’s journey (8-15 people). Life Groups are designed to develop lifelong community on a much more personal scale. Groups will pray together, worship, share life together, study Sunday’s passage and application together and/or a curriculum. They meet weekly throughout the school year.
STUDY GROUPS: Open to the public or a specific demographic (5+ people). Study Groups meet for a specific time (i.e. four weeks to a year) around a unique purpose (i.e. a book of the Bible or topic from the Bible). They usually meet weekly. EXAMPLES: Carpenter’s Sons, Home Groups, Bible Study, Marriage Course, Financial Peace University, etc.
GROUPS OF THREE: Same gendered groups of three that often flow out of Life Groups for even greater vulnerability, support and accountability. Frequency of meetings depend on the nature and need of the group (can range from weekly to once every six weeks). Meetings can focus on a specific curriculum, personal devotions, or an area of accountability.
Small Group Proposal Process
All small groups must go through a proposal process as a measure of content and quality control (aligned with our vision and doctrine):
- Submit “Small Group Proposal” form (at least 3 weeks before semester).
- Receive official response from Parkside pastor (within a few days of proposal). Reasons for rejection may include: a) leader qualifications; b) content of curriculum; or c) logistics.
- Begin informal promotion (leader/hosts begin personally inviting prospective members).
Due every Monday, the leader is responsible to submit a weekly report on the group’s last week activity (praise reports, concerns, ideas, etc.).
Leaders are responsible for the overall experience and implementation of the group’s purpose. Because leaders and groups are to point to Christ, leaders are required to meet the “Leader/Teacher” requirements for Parkside Volunteers.
Hosts are to provide a comfortable, clean, distraction-free and safe environment for every participant in a gracious manner.
Continuing leaders are required to attend workshops (one per semester) which act as a bit of a party to celebrate the past semester as well as training in small group leadership.