WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GRACE CONNECT GROUPS?
Our connect groups have one primary goal and that is to provide you with opportunities to connect with others and therefore build relationships within our church. We’re constantly looking at ways that help make the programs within our church more effective and this format helps people connect in all sorts of ways, and also enables our key leaders to build relationships with more and more of our church family.
There are two very important aspects regarding the format of Grace Connect Groups. First, our groups have an expiration limit. In other words, they won’t go on forever. In fact, each year we have two semesters of connect groups, where you will have two opportunities to join a new group and meet new people. Usually, each round of connect groups runs for 4 – 5 months.
Second, the types of groups that we offer are highly varied. While we do offer Bible study and ministry-style groups that are focused and topical, we also have a range of activity- and interest- based groups. These provide opportunity for people outside of Grace to join in as well. They could be cycling groups, business groups, bushwalking groups, photography groups, coffee groups; in fact any type of group that people would enjoy that give its members the opportunity to build relationships with each other.
We want to have as many groups as possible so we are inviting people to nominate groups that they would like to run. Maybe you’ve been keen to run a group but didn’t feel qualified? We believe that our format allows more people than ever before to lead groups. Maybe you wanted to lead a group but felt you couldn’t sign on to an open-ended commitment? Well now all of our groups will run for a maximum of 5 months. If you’re meeting fortnightly that’s a total of 11 or 12 meetings that you have to plan for. Suddenly something that seemed daunting is within the reach of a whole heap more people.