Small Group Ministry
Purpose of IPC Small Groups
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
– Jesus (John 13:34-35)
The purpose of IPC small groups is to live out this command by building meaningful relationships that honor God, supporting each other in our Christian walk, and encouraging one another to become disciples who make disciples. It is through these relationships that we grow spiritually, learn to love unconditionally, and become the person God wants us to be.
Characteristics of IPC Small Groups
IPC small groups provide an intimate community where individuals can connect on a deeper level with others, support each other, and grow in their faith. Small group members learn God’s word together through the Bible or book study; pray for each other and for the larger community; reach out and minister to the needy; share the gospel with others through word and service; fellowship together and worship together. The group welcomes newcomers, grows in number, and ultimately multiplies.
We Want to Help You Find a Group
IPC has various small groups open to new members including groups for young married couples, families, singles, men only, and women only.
How IPC Small Groups are Formed
A group is formed when three or more people commit to meeting together on an ongoing basis at an agreed upon location and time. Groups can vary in size from three to 15-20 or as agreed upon by the members. The group adds new members through personal invitation, or by inviting individuals from an interest list provided by the church.
A group composition can include: women, men, families with children, couples without children, singles, seniors, college students, etc. Groups can also form based on geographic location, mutual/professional interest, or life circumstances (e.g. small group for single parents).
Members decide the location of the meetings which can include individual homes, coffee shops, IPC or other sites conducive to Bible study, prayer and fellowship. Frequency of meetings can vary from weekly to monthly.
Small group members select a leadership model that best fits their group. For example, the group can have a single leader or facilitator, share leadership between a few members, or rotate leadership roles. The designated leader(s) or facilitator(s) provides IPC periodic updates regarding the size of its group and its capacity for additional members.
Church Support of IPC Small Groups
IPC will support its small groups by providing:
- Study resources as needed
- Leader training
- Access to church facilities for meetings and social activities
- An interest list with the names and contact information of potential new members