Small Groups

Small groups are a pivotal ministry of MAG Church. Not only do we feel that they provide an awesome opportunity to connect and build stronger relationships, but we also feel that their main goal is to help people develop a deeper understanding of the Christian faith. So, in saying that, this is where we ned your help! 


We are currently gearing up for our fall season of Small Groups that will kick off in September, but before we do that we need to fill a couple of position to help us do that. We need Leaders/Teacher, People who would like to open up their home to Host a group, and a few teen girls who would like to provide child care for a few groups. Further instruction below.

LEADERS

Leaders are a key part of our small groups. In fact, without them, we would not be able to have small groups. Leaders are what the name suggests; they lead the group. They facilitate discussion and set the schedule. They also help develop and disciple people into a deeper relationship with God. 


A Leader can lead a group at their own home, or they can be a leader in a host home. So if you would like to lead a small group but you're worried that you may not have enough space to conduct one, that is not a problem, we can find a host home with enough space to conduct your group.


What does leading look like? 

To some degree you coach people into a deeper relationship with God. And we know what you are thinking, "I don't know if I know the Bible well enough to lead a group." We understand that concern. To help with this, we have decided to implement a small group based around the sermon series the church is in. With this being the reality, you will be provided with discussion questions based off of the passage of scripture used in that sermon. Not only does it help you know what you are teaching, but it also helps busy people not have to come up with something on their own. The other thing it helps the group do is dive deeper into the text and discuss the topic further.


What is the time commitment? 

We would love for the commitment to be for the Small Group year, which is the middle of September - May, but we also understand that you may only be able to do a season. We break the small group year into three season, Fall, Winter, and Spring.


The Schedule


Fall Season goes from September- November (Right Before Thanksgiving), we take the whole month of December off due to the hectic pace of the Holiday Season.


Winter Season goes from after New Years in January -the end March


Spring Season goes from April to May ( We typically skip the week of Easter.)


Each group can decide to do their group every week, or every other week. This will either give you roughly 10 week each season or 5 weeks depending on how often you decide to meet.


As for time, we normally tell people to plan on being there for about an hour in a half, especially for those with child care. However, if you would like to stay longer and the host and leader are okay with that, go for it! We just ask that you be respectful of other peoples space and time.


What about kids?

Not every group will have kids in them. We actually have groups that will provide child care and those that will not. If your is a group with child care, we will ask the group to chip in to help pay for the childcare. We believe a good rate is for the person providing child care to at least make $15 an hour.

HOST HOUSE


What is a host?

A host is some who opens their house up to be used for a small group. The reality is that sometimes a leader may not have a big enough place of their own to hold a group, especially if children are included, and that is where a host house is helpful to have. And if that is something that you would be interested in, please sign up below. We have two different options. One will be a host house with room for children, and also a host house that does not have a space for kids. We need both. 


What is the time commitment? 


We would love for the commitment to be for the Small Group year, which is the middle of September - May, but we also understand that you may only be able to do a season. We break the small group year into three season, Fall, Winter, and Spring.


The Schedule


Fall Season goes from September- November (Right Before Thanksgiving), we take the whole month of December off due to the hectic pace of the Holiday Season.


Winter Season goes from after New Years in January -the end March


Spring Season goes from April to May ( We typically skip the week of Easter.)


We take the summer off.


Each group can decide to do their group every week, or every other week. This will either give you roughly 10 week each season or 5 weeks depending on how often you decide to meet.


As for time, we normally tell people to plan on being there for about an hour in a half, especially for those with child care. However, if you would like to stay longer and the host and leader are okay with that, go for it! We just ask that you be respectful of other peoples space and time.

Child Care

We are also in need of a few teen girls who would be willing to help us out by providing child care for maybe two groups throughout the Small Group year.


We also need the childcare workers to understand that we are still viewing this as a ministry and understand that some people may not be able to pay for childcare. If that is the case, we don't want anyone to feel that they can not attend. We understand that people are struggling these days, so we want to do everything we can to help. In saying that though we want to make sure that every childcare is taking home at least $15 an hour. We are asking for the Leader to ask each parent to chip in at least something to help cover the cost. If $15 isn't covered, the church will make up the difference. It is also okay if the group decides to take up more for the childcare worker. Our heart is to help someone make a little bit of money for their time while also not making it a burden on anyone.