Small Groups: F.A.Q.

Why should I join a small group? At North Coast Calvary Chapel, it is our desire for you to find a place to belong, to be known and to know others. Why? Because we were created for community with others to help us along life’s journey. Life Groups are a comfortable, safe place for you to belong.

What is a small group like at NCCC?  It is a friendly gathering of people, ranging from 8 to 15 in number, usually on a weekly basis for various periods of time. The purpose of any small group is to have its members develop a strong sense of community, to grow in wholeness in Christ and to work on transforming their worlds. The emphasis, schedule and game plan for each group will be defined by its leaders and group members in conjunction with its pastor, director or ministry coordinator.

Will I have to talk in front of others, or can I just sit and listen?  Life Groups are like a family — sometimes you talk and sometimes you listen. But no one is forced to lead, talk or even pray out loud. Time is on your side. As you feel more connected with the other group members, you’ll soon discover that your thoughts and perspective on the topic of study is of value to others, which leads to  comfort in sharing.

Will I be expected to be connected to one group “forever? No. At NCCC, we believe that longevity in a group creates lasting friendships, accountability and spiritual transformation. However, we also want you to feel welcome to consider another group or help launch a new group if you are feeling led to do so.

Where do the small groups meet? Life Groups and some of the Ministry Groups meet in various homes throughout the North County, from Temecula to Del Mar and every where in between.  Other Ministry Groups meet at church, coffee houses, restaurants, business offices, community clubhouses and more. We also have Common Interest Groups that meet at their desired locations, like the beach for our Christian Surfers’ group. While times vary for our daytime groups, most of our evening groups begin around 7pm and end at 8:30pm. Our Family groups will often begin and end a bit earlier.

Who leads these small groups? Every group has one or more trained facilitators, leaders or mentors, who, as servant-leaders, guide their groups in a discussion-oriented format or in their act of service, etc. In addition, our LIFE Groups often have hosts, who create an atmosphere of warmth and acceptance for maximum participation.

What if I’m not “good enough” to join a Life Group?  Not a problem. Neither is anyone else in the group. We’re all imperfect, and we need Jesus and each other. We join Life Groups not because we are perfect, but because God has crafted us to grow in community.

What if I don’t know very much about the Bible?  That’s one of the reasons to join. You will learn more about the scriptures and how to
apply them to your life.

How do I pick the perfect group? You can’t. There’s no such thing as the “perfect group” because Life Groups are full of
people, and people aren’t perfect. Choose a Life Group that’s close to your home and fits your schedule and go from there.

What if I already have enough friends?  We would ask you three questions: Do they live geographically close to your home? Are
they the kind of friends you can call at 2am when the crisis hits? And are they the kind of friends you are sharing the gospel with and learning to become more like Jesus. If the answer is no, then let us encourage you to also join a Life Group. If you do have friends like that, why not start a Life Group with them?

What are the small groups studying? Study materials vary within each group as well as within each ministry. It’s important that a particular study meets the collective needs of each group. Therefore, some groups are studying a Book of the Bible, some dig a little deeper into the weekend message (sermon based) and some are involved in deeper topical studies or video teaching series. Also, most of our groups will not require homework. However, you may be encouraged periodically to explore other resources for further teaching on any given topic of discussion.

Is childcare provided? NCCC does not provide childcare. We do have some creative options for you to consider within a Family Group?

  • As a group, pool your resources to offer a stipend for a high schooler or young adult.
  • If groups members live on the same street or very near to each other, one house could be used for the parents’ group time, whiel the other is used for childcare.
  • Rotate a parent(s) or an older teen(s) with the children in a different room in the house
  • Once a month have the whole families together for a BBQ, etc.

How can I start a group?  GREAT QUESTION! Simply click on Help Launch A New Group tab and follow the instructions.