A: A Southwood small group...
A: There are two types with many variations depending on your current life circumstance, fellowship needs and study intensity preference. The two types are:
Our mixed groups—including groups once known as K-groups—meet throughout the Huntsville area in various settings.
From youth to adults, many from Southwood meet in gender-based groups. There are a number of Men's and Women's groups meeting weekly. Some come together in larger on-campus gatherings such as Man2Man on Wednesday mornings, and Morning Edition for women. Others find their needs met off-campus in homes and businesses.
A: Three times a year we connect people into small groups. August when we start the school year, early January when we start the New Year, and March to allow bonding in new groups to happen before the summer months hit. These strategic group formation times are for all Southwood Small Groups and are designed to help you find your group.
A: Small Groups initially commit to meet for eight weeks as a Starter Group. After those first eight weeks, the group members decide if they want to continue meeting together for an additional 16-22 months. Therefore, the total duration of a typical Small-Group is between one and a half to two years.
A: Each Small-Group picks the length of time they will meet. However, most groups meet for an hour and a half to two hours.
A: Though each group differs in how they do things, many groups have a social time in the beginning, then they transition to a time where they discuss the book they are studying and pray for each other. At the very beginning of the group, the whole group decides how much time they will spend on social, discussion, and prayer time (as well as the order in which they take place).
A: Each group picks their own curriculum to study with the help of their Small-Groups Pastor (a staff member who guides the group). However, all new groups that form are given a free starter study provided by Southwood. We do this in order to win hearts and build a culture of small groups by introducing people to our belief that the a small group is the best place for sustained life change to occur... for people to become fully devoted followers of Christ.
You're not alone in finding it difficult, and possibly scary to connect. Here are some people just like you that were unsure.
Many of those that were unsure found how valuable small groups became in their lives.
Small Groups at Southwood exist to provide a safe and predicatable environment where people experience spiritual growth lived out in authentic community.
For intentional relationships to thrive, the small group environment needs to be safe and predictable.
To go further faster in your spiritual walk, you need to experience group life, characterized by the "ABC's" of authentic community.
Putting yourself in the place where the thing you want to happen, happens best. We think that small groups are the best place to connect with God and others!
There are several key characteristics we need to know to help you find your small group. Fill out the sign-up survey to let us know what's best for you.