Small Groups

What is a Small Group?

We desire that our Small 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 Small Group?

You have options! We know that everyone’s needs are different and we’d like to help you in whatever way we can.

  1. Fill out our online form. This form will help us get to know you and what you’re looking for.
  2. Contact Leeora to let her know that you are interested in joining a group. You can email her at or call her at 701.232.4476. Please include some information about yourself and what you are looking for in a group.
  3. Write “Small Group” on a response card and drop it into an offering box.

Once we’ve received your information our team will work with group leaders currently looking for new members and will get you connected with one of the leaders.

What do Small Groups study?

Each group usually determines what they will study, according to the needs and desires of their group, with direction and guidance from our Adult Disciple-making staff. We have numerous resources available in Small Group resource room.

We are encouraging all of our groups to study Discipleship Explored as a foundational study for disciple-making here at Bethel. Discipleship Explored has been crafted to help followers of Jesus discover and rejoice in the confidence, unity, righteousness, and love which is theirs in Christ. Documentary-style films shot around the world open each of the eight sessions in a journey through Paul’s letter to the Philippians. This study will help you learn together what it means to be a follower of Jesus and find the best love you will ever know.

We are also offering the Art of Parenting series for Small Groups with parents. This 8-session, video-based study is designed to not only help parents find new ways to integrate faith into everyday parenting moments, but also to create an environment where moms and dad can shoulder burdens together, celebrate breakthroughs, and relate to one another’s day to day parenting journey.

Some of our Small Groups use the At Home Guide from the weekly sermon for their study. To see the current At Home Guide, visit our sermons page.

How do I start or lead a Small 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. Small Groups provide an excellent environment for making disciples of Jesus.

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

What are some of the benefits of being in a Small 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.