Small groups are part of the DNA of Harvest Time. This is a time for people to get together and find authentic relationships. Proverbs reminds us that, “As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend”. One of the benefits of Small Groups is that you are able to get into a laid back environment to learn the Word of God through discussion.
Everywhere you turn at Harvest Time, you’ll hear dramatic stories from people whose lives have been transformed by their time spent in a Small Group with Christian friends and leaders.
Small Groups happen in many places, times and ways. Our community groups meet in homes, coffee shops, break rooms and other locations all throughout the River Valley.
How Our Groups Work
Our desire is to have as many people as possible involved in Small Groups. Therefore we see being a Small Group Host as the entry point to leadership. We are looking for two characteristics in our Hosts.
- Spiritual Warmth: If you have a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, YOU can be a Host! We aren’t looking for people who have all the answers, just an obedience to Jesus Christ.
- Relational Warmth: People like people who like them. Likeability goes a long way in becoming a Small Group Host at Harvest Time. We like to ask the question about our potential hosts, “Where does this person fit in the it-would-be-fun-to-have-dinner-with-you scale?
A Host’s role is simply this: find a location to host the Group and facilitate the discussion with the materials that we provide.
How do Groups Start?
Groups will launch four times a year (Fall, Winter, Summer, and Spring) and run 4 weeks in length. Each group will commit to meet for 4 consecutive weeks. The purpose of this time is to allow group members to form and build on relationships, and to decide if the group is a “right fit”.
After the initial launch period groups that choose to continue will meet on a monthly basis for an extended period of time. Any groups or members that decide the group is not a good fit will be able to try another group at the next launch session.
Why are the Groups Sermon-Based?
It all goes back to our Hosts… We want to make it as easy as possible for people to connect in groups and to host groups. This way a new host does not have to worry about finding and implementing a curriculum they have already heard what we’re talking about in the Sunday Service. We will provide the materials and the discussion questions all our hosts have to do is well… host.
One of the great advantages of a sermon-based model is that it exposes people multiple times to a passage, principle, or spiritual truth. And it happens simply because the process makes everyone listen more attentively, encourages note taking, causes most people to review the sermon once again, and then ends in a spirited discussion with friends.