Small Group Participant's Guideline
The Goal: To "live out" personal Christian discipleship
and community as commanded and modeled
in the New Testament."
Scripture Base: Matthew 28: 19,20; Acts 2:46
The New Testament and first century church provides
many examples of how authentic faith and obedience to
God develops best when we live our lives in small group
community with other believers of like mind. Church
services, ministries and other large events are great for
many purposes of the church (e.g., Worship, Outreach,
and Ministry) but Fellowship, Discipleship and spiritual
care is best provided in well led groups.
It is the goal of New Song that each member experiences spiritual growth and care through at least one of
the following types of groups (in order of priority):
The House Church
The HC is the primary group emphasized at New Song. It is the place where spiritual care, encouragement
and prayer for people and their households best happens. HCs are generally located in strategic locations
throughout the community so members can build ongoing relationships easier. The HC is led by a leader and
assistant that aims to meet the elder qualifications (1Tim 3:8-13), regularly meets for leadership
development and participates in GCLI.
It is recommended that the HCs meet at least once a month as whole families and households come
together for fellowship, sharing of the Bible, prayer and communion. It is also the desire that people within a
HC view their HC leader as their "first line" of spiritual care and shepherding. As the church grows in
numbers, the multiplications of HCs and leaders will be the best way to provide quality discipleship and care.
The DG format has been used for years at New Song. DGs tend to be same-sex groups that preferably meet
once a week for fellowship, discipleship and accountability. The recommended structure is to follow the
WWW (Word, Walk and Witness) format with a reading plan; Life Now study booklets or Discipleship Defined
Cards. Many DGs also study a particular subject, need or book together. DG leaders must have a DG plan
and are coached by a HG leader or elder. They regularly meet with other leaders for development and
support. DGs do not have to meet in the same HGs, but it may be advantageous to do so.
1. Commit to making your HC and DG a priority in your life.
2. Email the church when you officially join or leave your group (firstname.lastname@example.org).
3. Look to your HC leader and assistant for prayer and spiritual care and support.
4. Contribute to your group on a regular basis through faithful attendance, prayer, care and sharing God's
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