Small Group Ministry
Our Small Groups have been called Koinonia Groups at Good Shepherd Koinonia is a Greek word used in the New Testament meaning “fellowship.” It involves a mutual sharing of joys and sorrows, sins and struggles, as well as victories. This fellowship nourishes, sustains, guides, rebukes and understands each person in an atmosphere of love. We believe this can be experienced most fully in a small group.
What is a Small Group?
A small group consists of six to fifteen persons who meet every week or every other week. Church of the Good Shepherd has groups that meet in the evenings, during the day and Saturday mornings.
Most groups meet in homes where a warm, informal environment can be established. Some of the groups meet at the church.
Each small group is led by a leader called a shepherd and an assistant sometimes called a shepherd intern.
- To provide an atmosphere for spiritual fellowship and encouragement where close personal relationships will develop
- To give opportunity for a person to discover and use his/her spiritual gifts
- To offer a safe setting to invite others to Jesus Christ
- Bible Study: more than knowledge; how the text can be applied to daily life.
- Sharing of one’s struggles and one’s faith
- Praying together for concerns of individuals and the group
The Group will:
- Develop a close relationship with Jesus Christ and one another
- Continually enlarge its circle of love to take in one more person
- Will multiply or give birth to another group when it grows large enough
How do I get involved?
- leave your name and phone number at the Welcome Center in the church lobby
- contact one of the pastors or call the church office
- make a note of your interest on the Ritual of Friendship pad in church