The purpose of small groups is to help people connect, the C in G.R.A.C.E. People want and need to belong. “God created us with a hunger for relationship— with Him and our fellow people; at our core, we are relational beings” (Henry Cloud, 2009).

We believe our small groups are a place where people can truly find friendship with God and with each other. These are godly friendships, real friendships that allow us to be vulnerable with each other and to grow in Christ.

Small group leaders help foster friendships that grow and allow us to find freedom. We lead by being open and vulnerable with our groups.

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“I will only find freedom in vulnerability.  Confess your sins one to another” (James 5:16; Stanley & Willits, 2004).

Grace Church’s culture is recognized as a place where people are real. Sustained growth happens best in intentional relationships. As such, a small group provides a venue to:


  • Know and be known
  • Love and be loved
  • Care and be cared for
  • Feel safe and free to ask questions without fear 
  • Grow spiritually, the G in G.R.A.C.E.

In small groups, we make promises of friendship, and accountability. By allowing others into our lives, we find belonging and become accepted, connected, and comfortable. And as we see believers living out their Christianity in practical ways, we are empowered and strengthened in our own spiritual walk.

Small groups also provide a venue to reach others for Christ. Most people come to faith in Jesus through relationships with believers. As we love and care for others in small groups, we learn the true value of witnessing.

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