why do we do small groups?
Small groups are uncommon communities (John 17:20-23) applying God's truth and grace (2 Timothy 3:15-4:2) in everyday life (Titus 3:8). At Harvest Bible Chapel, we focus on the quality of discipleship. We encourage those in our fellowship to "get connected" by plugging into one of our small groups. The purpose of these groups is to care for and encourage one another in daily devotionals, effective prayer, and mutual accountability.
what does a small group look like?
A typical small group meeting consists of praise and prayer time, Bible study, mutual accountability (men with men, women with women), and fellowship. The biblical curriculum is common to all groups. Meetings are approximately two hours in length and are usually held from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.
when and where do groups meet?
These groups meet weekly, three to four times per month, in host homes. We have small groups meeting most days of the week in many locations including Calgary, Airdrie, and Cochrane.
How can you get connected?
1. Read our doctrinal statement.
2. Attend 'Harvest Welcome'. This gives you an opportunity to hear about our beginnings, meet some of the staff and leadership members and hear about our doctrine and vision.
3. Attendance at 'Harvest Essentials' is also an important step in getting connected in a small group. This course outlines how discipleship works at Harvest Bible Chapel and the mandate for believers to worship, walk with, and work for Jesus Christ.
4. At any time in the process, we encourage you to join a small group. Start by filling out a brief small group application to help our staff get you settled into a group that works best for you.
Do you have groups specific to my age and/or circumstances? i.e. single; single parents; newlyweds etc.
All of our small groups are cross-generational, a balance of male and female, married and singles. We believe this most likely resembles the early church in Acts. Our topics of study are aimed at sanctification and growing disciples where we are all on the same journey. The particular struggles indicative of our age groups are opportunities for the body of Christ to come around us to support us and encourage us in our pursuit of Christ-likeness. You can expect to find people within your group to whom you can relate and fellowship with in addition to the weekly meetings.
Do I have to be a member of the church to get into a small group?
Church membership is not required to be a part of a small group, however to apply for church membership, identification with a small group is necessary.
Is there a choice of study topics in small group?
The Elders of the church approve an annual curriculum outline and all groups study this material at the same time throughout the year. We have found this to be the best way, not only to ensure the protection of our doctrine, but also to promote unity in the larger church body. This also facilitates the exceptional times when people are relocated to another group.
Can I bring my child to small group?
We kindly discourage the attendance of children to our groups, not only because of the distraction for the participants but largely because of the distraction for the parents. Note: some groups are able to accommodate children - contact Pastor Michael for more details.
How can I apply to lead a small group?
Potential small group leaders are identified by the present leadership in the church because of their humility, faithfulness, availability, and teachability. No application is necessary. We believe God will call you to ministry by bringing your giftedness to the attention of others. Once identified you would be invited to leadership training and then spend a reasonable period apprenticing under a small group leader. It frequently takes over a year to train a new small group leader.