What are Small Groups at The Falls Church?
I Thessalonians 5:11 (ESV) - "Therefore encourage one another and
build one another up, just as you are doing."
Christians have always met together in large and small groups (Acts 2). God has placed within each person a desire for meaningful human relationships – He created people to need each other. That need for friendship cannot be met solely by attending Sunday morning worship services, especially in a church as large as The Falls Church. Many people are finding the small groups to be the best way to get integrated into the heart of the church, to make friends, to have fun and to develop individual gifts and ministries.
The Purpose Driven Life author Rick Warren recently exhorted his 20,000+ congregation, “Our church must always be growing larger and smaller at the same time.” How does that happen? Only through Small Groups, which are intimate gatherings of like-hearted people.
Unity Without Uniformity
A “Small Group” isn’t just another buzz word. Small Groups are a primary means to fulfill TFC’s mission: That Christ be King in our lives and in the lives of others. A small group is born whenever three or more people get together in order to grow more in love with Jesus and with one another.
Common threads in Small Groups include Bible discussion, prayer, outreach, food and fun. But while there is unity of purpose, there is not uniformity of practice – each Small Group is unique.
Linking Sermon Series with Small Groups
During the Fall of 2009, TFC focused on building up and encouraging small groups within our church. Many new groups formed and began meeting regularly to walk alongside the fall sermon series on Ephesians. We repeated this endeavor in the spring of 2010, as our sermon series on Hebrews launched. As TFC continues through various sermon series, our small groups will go through periods of time when they are connected to the current sermon series and then periods of time when each group may study a book or topic that is meaningful to them. When you look through our listing of small groups, you will see that each group indicates what topic they are currently studying.
How to Find a Small Group at The Falls Church
To view a listing of current Small Groups at The Falls Church, simple click HERE. Our groups are organized by geographic location, and you will see a link to open a PDF listing all groups with open space in that particular location. You no longer need to register online; now you just find the group you are interested in and contact that group's leader.
As you look through the list of open groups in your area, each group indicates what type of group it is (e.g. women only, young adults only, etc.), when and where they meet, and what topic they are currently studying. Each group also lists their group leaders' names and email addresses. To get connected with a group, email the group leader to ask questions and receive specific details. You may want to email a few different leaders to ensure you find a group that is a good fit.
If you have problems opening a PDF of small groups, contact James Swynford at email@example.com.
If you have problems with other pages for Small Groups, contact our IT Program Manager Patricia Balzer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You do not need to be a member of The Falls Church to join a Small Group.