Growth Groups

Small Group Leader Training

  • Saturday, September 16, 2017 (8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.) Family Life Center
  • Please pre-register with Megyn

We desire that our Growth Groups be a place where a group of around 10-12 people meet to grow in maturity in Christ through knowing, trusting, and living with Christ as Lord.

Groups typically meet weekly or bi-weekly, often in homes, for study, prayer, care, fellowship, and service.

How do I join a Growth Group?

Check out our latest list of current groups which describes each group that is looking to add members. You can then email Megyn and let her know:

  1. You are looking to join a Growth Group
  2. A little bit about yourself and what you are looking for
  3. Which group looks like a good fit for you from the list on our website. If there isn’t a group that fits your needs, she can help


You can also write “Growth Group” on a response card and drop it into an offering box.  One of our staff will contact you.

What do Growth Groups study?

We encourage Growth Groups to use the sermon study guide found each week in our Bethel Weekly for their time of study.  Knowing the needs of their group, some Growth Groups spend a season studying a specific topic or life skill (such as FPU or parenting).

To see the current Growth Group homework, visit our sermons page.

How do I start or lead a Growth Group?

If you are looking for a place to invest in others we would love the opportunity to visit with you. Our process will include completing at application, training, equipping, and tools to make sure that leading a group is a fruitful ministry for you and those you serve. Growth Groups provide an excellent environment for making disciples of Jesus.

Contact Pastor Craig Johnson for more information about leading a Growth Group.

What are some of the benefits of being in a Growth Group?

Our experience has shown that those who are involved in some sort of smaller group at Bethel are more likely to have a growing relationship with Jesus and a sense of belonging in the church. When believers operate in a community with a commitment to one another and to the Gospel, lives are changed.

We encourage these values in every small group at Bethel:

  1. Continue to be enriched in the Word through prayer and Bible study.
  2. Comfort one another as restorative companions, true friends.
  3. Conduct life in a way that keeps outsiders in mind – always externally focused so they can see Christ.

Ed Stetzer and his team have recently published some statistics and research to help us quantify this idea that life change is happening best and most in a group. These stats are from Transformational Groups.

People actively involved in groups exhibit more spiritual growth than those who are not.  – Ed Stetzer

  • 67% of regular group attenders read their Bible regularly versus only 27% among non-group members.
  • 64% of regular group attenders pray for their church and/or church leaders regularly. Only 30% of non-group attenders do.
  • 82% of group attenders pray for fellow Christians versus 54% of non-group attenders.
  • 79% of group attenders confess sins to God and ask forgiveness. 54% of non-group attenders do this.

How are the groups different?

We’ve found that healthy groups have each of the following four elements. Over time, a group will naturally seem to focus on one of these areas more than others so we encourage the groups to know their purpose and to lean into it.

  • Formation/ Study (primary goal is teaching and study)
  • Connection (primary goal is connecting believers in biblical community)
  • Mission (primary goal is the group serving on mission together)
  • Invitational (primary goal is inviting nonbelievers to the group)