WHAT are small groups?
Small groups are the heart of what we do at Windsor Road. For us, doing life together is far more than a catchphrase; it’s a biblical conviction. We believe that God never meant for us to do life alone. We were created to walk with each other, to grow with one another, and to glorify God together.
This is why our Small Groups are places where people of all stages of life and backgrounds can come together and be real. We’re all just imperfect people, trying to love a perfect God. You don’t have to make the journey of faith alone. We invite you to find out just how better life can be in a Small Group.
HOW DO I JOIN A small group?
We offer something for everyone. Groups meet all over Champaign County, on different nights, consist of different age groups, and have their own flavors. Regardless of your stage of life or where you live we have a spot in a Small Group reserved just for you! Email Rachel Allen, Spiritual Formation Coordinator to find a group that fits your needs.
INTERESTED IN LEADING OR HOSTING A SMALL GROUP?
Ask yourself, who do you already know? Consider starting a group with people you know from church, your neighborhood, etc. We’ll help you get started and provide all the necessary training and encouragement you’ll need to launch a group of your own.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
SMALL GROUP LEADERS
Are you thinking that God might be calling you to lead a Small Group? Taking these classes is one of your first steps on your path to leading a group:
Small Group Leader Training – 101
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This course is designed with new small group leaders in mind. However, it serves as great refresher training for all small group leaders. The course consists of two in-person or zoom sessions, each lasting 1.5 hours. Session-1 covers topics such as leader responsibilities, building community, components of a small group meeting; attendees will receive handouts like "Start-up Checklist", "Tips on picking a study", and "Ideas for handling childcare". Session-2 covers topics such as welcoming visitors, developing assistant leaders, and pursuing multiplication.
Who should attend? New Small Group Leader, Assistant Small Group Leaders, Future Small Group Leaders/Apprentices, and even current Small Group Leaders looking to be encouraged, recharged, and sharpened.
If your group would like to reserve a space in the church building, you can submit a request here.
Picking a study can be a challenging. Your group is made up of individuals at different phases of their spiritual journey, with different interests. The lists below is intended to narrow down the options and to highlight recommended studies that will both challenge and encourage your group members to grow deeper in their relationship with Christ.
BOOKS OF THE BIBLE
The Knowing the Bible series are 12 week studies based on a book of the Bible. This is a great place to start for groups wanting to dive into the Word. Check out their website, read a sample chapter, watch an introductory video. Books cost approximately $9.00.
Topical Group Studies
Books designed for new believers searching for answers about Christianity.
Books designed for growing followers of Christ wanting to focus on living by faith.
Books designed for growing servants of Christ wanting to focus on loving by faith.
Books designed for growing leaders that want to lead by faith and share the gospel.