Connect Relationally. Grow Spiritually.Small groups exist to connect people relationally, so they can grow spiritually. While there are many positive outcomes that happen through small groups, the reason we have small groups is to help our church grow in spiritual maturity. We believe sustained spiritual growth occurs best through the context of purposed relationships. Relationships aren’t a nice add-on to the Christian life; they are essential to our souls.
Every small group has four essentials. These essentials give cohesion between groups and provide a common direction.
Share Our Lives
Serve One Another
Apply God's Word
Depend on God
CommitmentWe want every small group member to embrace eight commitments. These commitments are based on the biblical mandate of mutual ministry, which is the driving force behind small groups. While every group has its own dynamics, these commitments are intended to set clear expectations and increase ownership among each small group member. Since healthy groups thrive on participation, having clear commitments is a critical starting point for every small group. Healthy small groups consist of members who strive to live out all eight commitments.
I will pursue spiritual growth and encourage my group as they grow in their walk with Christ.
I will be present and make it a priority to know and stay connected with the people in my group.
I will look for big and small ways to contribute and care for needs that come up in my group.
I will trust, be transparent and strive to be open while maintaining respect and confidentiality in my group.
I will invite my group to speak into my life while extending grace to my group.
I will encourage and celebrate when God is working in the lives of my group.
I will serve with my group and look for ways to be a witness for Christ.
I will be open to new members and as we grow, we will multiply to advance God’s work so more people can experience what we have experienced.
When & Where Do Small Groups Meet?
Small groups meet in various homes on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. We currently have groups in Avon, Brownsburg, Plainfield, Danville, Pittsboro and Indianapolis.
How Often Do Small Groups Meet?
Groups meet three times a month and typically have one week off each month. Most groups meet a total of 24 to 26 times a year.
How Long Do Small Groups Last?
Each small group session lasts around 12 weeks. We have a fall session that runs from mid-August to December. And we have a winter/spring session that goes from mid-January to early May. Groups do not meet during the summer.
What does each small group look like?
Most groups have 10–14 members and gather together for two hours. This time revolves around group discussion and breakout, where men gather with men and women gather with women for prayer and accountability.
What is the Commitment?
Joining a small group requires a 12-week commitment to attend the weekly meetings and prepare ahead of time. Commitment is key to building group momentum and deep relationships. We understand that illness, work commitments and family trips come up; however, the depth of each small group depends on the commitment of each member.
How important are small groups at Radiant?
Small groups are the heartbeat of our church. They’re the place where the discipleship of the church takes place during the week as groups study God’s Word, support one another and share their lives. We believe meeting together on a regular basis is time well spent. Over the years, 70% or more of our adults have been involved in our small group ministry.
Is childcare provided?
No. Small groups are for adults only but exceptions can be made for newborns who are nursing. Parents are responsible for arranging childcare during small group. This can include hiring a babysitter, coordinating childcare with other families in your group or swapping childcare with someone from another small group who meets on a different night.
How are groups selected?
While there is no specific formula for assigning members into various groups, some factors include: group size, available openings, stage of life, location, requested person(s) and the dynamics of each small group.
Do I have to be a member of the church to join a small group?
Membership is not required in order to join a small group, but we do expect that every person who is in a small group consider our church to be their church home.