What are groups?
Groups at Rush Creek are families of learners on mission with God where they live, work, and play. Groups is where biblical community is found and is the disciple-making engine at Rush Creek. Just as air is necessary to breathe, biblical community is necessary for the Christ-follower. Groups are not an add-on at Rush Creek but rather is our primary disciple-making engine.
What do groups study?
Our groups leaders are trained in their new leader orientation on a curriculum pathway (https://rushcreek.org/curriculum-pathway/) designed by our Rush Creek Group Team. This curriculum pathway is Bible-based but includes options for topical and doctrinal studies using Right Now Media. Also, new groups are asked to begin their curriculum pathway journey by completing our Rush Creek Small Group Essentials 6-module Group Study.
Care Groups at Rush Creek do not use the curriculum pathway as these are 3rd-party organizations and licensing prohibits Rush Creek from altering their curriculum. Care Groups are Rush Creek include: Divorce Care, Grief Share, Shiloh, ReGeneration, Embrace Grace, Embrace Life
How do I join a group?
A person may join a Rush Creek group at anytime during the year (although during the summer groups typically practice a relaxed meeting schedule). On Sundays, at every Rush Creek campus, Groups pastors or a volunteer is stationed at a Groups table in the lobby to answer questions about groups and help connect group seekers. Additionally, at least twice per year all Rush Creek campuses will provide a corporate way to join a group but each campus at Rush Creek may provide a different method to join a group. For example, one campus might offer opportunities to meet leaders on a Sunday morning while another campus might provide a connection event in the evening with food and worship. A person can also join a group at any time by emailing the Groups Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Are all groups open to new people?
Groups at Rush Creek are open to guests at any time. However, there may be instances where groups can no longer allow guests due to size, in which case they would be in the process of birthing a new group. Another reason a group may be closed to guests would be due to the nature of the group during that particular season. For example, if a group member recently experienced a medical emergency or sudden death of a loved one then that group might close for a season until the emergency subsides.
Do I have to be a Christian to attend a group?
Each group at Rush Creek is full of people who are at different levels spiritually. We gather as groups on a regular basis because we believe that we can grow in our faith faster if we’re together than on our own. Everyone has a voice in groups and everyone can find a place to belong in community. We’re not there yet, but together we’re on our way.
What is the expected lifespan of a group?
Typically most groups remain together for 18-24 months. While some groups meet for longer periods, we have found this timeframe to be the average.
What is the optimal size of a group?
At Rush Creek the size of the group depends on the group. Some groups can experience healthy biblical community with up to 20 people while others seem to thrive with a little as 3 people. The size of the group is not the focus, but how healthy is biblical community within the group.
How often do groups meet?
We strongly encourage groups to meet once per week. Meeting once per week allows relationships to be cultivated which builds community and allows accountability for spiritual progress to be maximized. However, the group must decide what consistent meeting schedule is best for them.
Do groups meet during the summer?
Many groups at Rush Creek do meet throughout the summer. However guests should expect the format to be more relaxed than during the school year. In addition, there are some groups that do not meet at all during the summer due to vacation schedules. It’s always best to check with the group leader prior to visiting the group.
How do I start a group?
We would love to discuss your interest in group leadership! Simply let us know which campus you attend along with your contact information via email at email@example.com and your campus Groups Pastor will contact you within a week.
What about childcare?
As a group, you can decide how to approach this. However, it does need to be the group’s responsibility to agree on their child care arrangements. The church does provide childcare for small groups on Sunday and Wednesday evenings. You can rsvp your child for your next small group meeting here.
What do I do on Sunday mornings while my children are in their group?
There are numerous options for service on Sundays. A couple of options are:
Serve. Find a ministry to get involved in such as students, children, pre-school, worship team, greeters, ushers, parking lot, media etc.
As a group, you may want to make this a time of ministry and service. Such as two times a month your group might serve as ushers or greeters. To facilitate this process please contact your campus Connections Pastor.
What kinds of groups are available?
Click here to view a list of groups that are available at Rush Creek. While they are diverse, they all seek to provide an environment to become more like Jesus in the context of community. Please note that it may be the case that not every type of group is available at all times.
Where do groups meet?
We feel that groups develop genuine relationships in the atmosphere of the home or some other environment outside of the church walls.
What do I need to know about God and the Bible before I go to a group?
We want people to feel welcome in a group no matter the level of understanding a person may have of God or the Bible. It is our desire that your experience in a group would enhance your understanding of both.
Will I be asked to pray out loud or expected to talk during group time?
You may be involved as much or as little as desired. Our hope, over time, is that you will feel comfortable joining in discussions and sharing your experiences.
What can I expect the first time I attend a group?
We give small group leaders a lot of flexibility in how they lead their meetings; however we ask our leaders to incorporate these elements regularly; eating together, casual conversation, Bible study, and prayer.
How long do group meetings typically last?
We recommend that meetings last no longer than 2 ½ hours. However the average group meeting lasts 90-120 minutes.
If you did not see your question anwered above, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.