OUR GROUPS DESCRIPTIONS & GROUPS SEARCH
In striving to meet the needs of an ever-changing culture, we continue to offer a wide variety of small group experiences. Here are the descriptions and below are the GROUP SEARCH and HELP buttons:
- 10-Week Groups – Three times each year we provide you with the opportunity to jump into a group for 10 weeks. It’s an easy commitment for a wonderful experience, followed by your choice to stay in that group or try another group.
- On-Going Groups – We have established groups that are open, available and welcoming to you to connect with.
- Our On-Campus Groups are typically larger weekly or bimonthly gatherings of men, women or couples who break off into round table studies and discussions based on the weekly live or video teaching.
COMMON INTEREST GROUPS
- Our Common Interest Groups bring people into community through an activity, sport, need or support.
FACILITATING OR HOSTING A SMALL GROUP
Important News: Within the framework of our beliefs and values, we are committed to helping you launch the kind of group that you desire to have. We are here to support your group with strategy, prayer, resources and anything else you feel you would like to have. We desire the group to be yours. We are simply here to come alongside to help you be successful with your group.
With this in mind, we are looking for individuals or married couples who love Jesus and love being with people. We’ll provide the training, sermon-based studies, or other options, and help you fill your group if need be. All you have to do is grab a few friends, a little prep, open up your home or meeting location and facilitate enjoyable discussion. If you are open to considering this, please fill out our Leaders’ Form. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Jim Doyle at 760-579-4101 or email.
TRAINING FOR FACILITATING A GROUP
Thursday, January 23 (5:30pm – 7:45pm)
This Training is available to any adult, who is new to facilitating any type of small group in the community, at home or at church. If you facilitate a small group within any of our church ministries, this one-time training is required. It’s also highly recommend for those who have not had formal small groups training at NCCC or could use a refresher course.
This on-campus training includes dinner, and involves interactive teaching and Q & A. Child care is available with pre-registration.
CLICK HERE to register.
While we certainly believe that it will be more beneficial for you to experience interaction with others at an On-Campus Training, we understand the our dates may not match up with yours. Therefore, we’ve provided you with this On-Line Training that allows our Small Groups Pastor, Jim Doyle to respond to your reflections on each of the 7 sessions.
To begin your journey, for which we are grateful for your commitment, please CLICK HERE!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What’s the purpose for having small groups? At North Coast Calvary Chapel, our small groups are committed to God’s Word, Making Friends and Impacting our communities. Our small groups are comfortable, safe places for you to belong.
Why should I join a small group? We all desire know others and to be known and our small groups are a wonderful place for just — to feel comfortable, safe and a sense of belonging.
What is a small group like at NCCC? It is a friendly gathering of people, ranging from 3 to 15 in number, usually weekly or every other week for various periods of time. We have Home Groups, On-Campus Groups and Common Interest Groups. Check out our GROUP SEARCH or email Stephanie Cobian.
What if I can’t be in a group every week? No problem. Most of our groups meet every other week.
Will I have to talk in front of others, or can I just sit and listen? Our small groups are like a family — sometimes you talk and sometimes you listen. But no one is forced to lead, talk or even pray out loud. Time is on your side. As you feel more connected with the other group members, you’ll soon discover that your thoughts and perspective on the topic of study is of value to others, which leads to comfort in sharing.
Will I be expected to be connected to one group “forever“? No. While we believe that longevity in a group creates lasting friendships, accountability and spiritual transformation, we want you to feel welcome to consider another group or help launch a new group if you are feeling led to do so. Besides, most of our groups are for a 10-week commitment at a time. GROUP SEARCH!
Where do the small groups meet? Our Small Groups meet in various homes throughout the North County, from Oceanside to Carmel Valley and everywhere in between. We also have groups that meet at church, coffee houses, restaurants, business offices, community clubhouses, in the mountains, at the beach and more.
Who leads these small groups? Every group has one or more trained facilitators, leaders or mentors, who, as servant-leaders, guide their groups in a discussion-oriented format or in their acts of service, etc. In addition, our groups that meet in homes often have hosts, who create an atmosphere of warmth and acceptance for maximum participation.
What if it’s hard for me to just show up at a stranger’s home? No problem. We’ve got groups that meet at church, and hiking, backpacking, paddle boarding or surfing groups.
What if I feel like I’m not “good enough”? Not a problem. Neither is anyone else in the group. We’re all imperfect, and we need Jesus and each other. We join Small Groups not because we are perfect, but because God has crafted us to grow in community.
What if I don’t know very much about the Bible? That’s one of the reasons to join. You will learn more about the scriptures and how to apply them to your life.
How do I pick the perfect group? You can’t. There’s no such thing as the “perfect group” because Small Groups are full of people, and people aren’t perfect. Choose a Small Group that’s close to your home and fits your schedule and go from there. You also have the freedom to create the type of group you would like to be a part of.
What if I already have enough friends? We would ask you three questions: Do they live geographically close to your home? Are they the kind of friends you can call at 2am when the crisis hits? And are they the kind of friends you are sharing the gospel with and learning to become more like Jesus. If the answer is no, then let us encourage you to also join a Small Group. If you do have friends like that, why not start a Group with them? You can begin by filling in our Leaders’ Form.
What are the small groups studying? Study materials vary within each group as well as within each ministry. It’s important that a particular study meets the collective needs of each group. Therefore, some groups are studying a Book of the Bible, some dig a little deeper into the weekend message (sermon based) and some are involved in deeper topical studies or video teaching series. Also, most of our groups will not require homework. However, you may be encouraged periodically to explore other resources for further teaching on any given topic of discussion.
Is childcare provided? NCCC does not provide childcare. However, we do have some creative options for you to consider within a Family Group?
- As a group, pool your resources to offer a stipend for a high schooler or young adult.
- If groups members live on the same street or very near to each other, one house could be used for the parents’ group time, while the other is used for childcare.
- Rotate a parent(s) or an older teen(s) with the children in a different room in the house
- Once a month have the whole families together for a BBQ, etc.
- Over a month or every other week: 1st gathering – wives meet, while dads are caring for their children; 2nd gathering – dads meet, while wives care for their children; 3rd gathering – both husband and wives meet, while having their children with a childcare worker; 4th gathering – the whole families come together for a BBQ or service project.
How can I start a group? GREAT QUESTION! Simply click on Help Launch A New Group.
This page will continue to expand into a larger menu of resources for you to become more and more effective in shepherding others.
- Check out our Curriculum Guide
- Personality Type Assessment – For a free on-line Personality Assessment, click Your Personality Worksheet, a great tool to help you gain more self-awareness into your personality preferences and characteristics
- An Assessment for the Health of your Group – An easy and understandable assessment by Randall Neighbour & Jim Egli
- Bible app: YouVersion
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