“that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ…” Col. 2:2
- Increase loving relationships within the FPC family
- Get back to our “First Love”
- Increase prayer for each other
Who are Small Group Leaders?
FPC has launched our Small Groups by training our pastor, a couple of elders, and other church members in how to effectively lead small groups. Training is detailed and ongoing so that as groups grow and multiply, new leaders will be prepared to lead.
Following the school calendar, FPC plans to launch our first Small Groups on Sundays, September 11 – November 20, 2016. Groups will conclude prior to the holidays and will resume in January 2017. Small groups are set to initially meet at the following times:
- 12:30 PM
- 6:00 PM
- These times may be adjusted according to the wishes of each group.
How long is each meeting?
Each group will meet for 90 minutes each Sunday. The format that will be followed is 30-30-30: Thirty minutes for food and fellowship, thirty minutes for Bible study and discussion, thirty minutes for prayer.
On Sundays when we have Fellowship Lunch, the 12:30 group will meet later and not include food. The others may adjust their time as they see fit. One reason for the 12:30 time is to accommodate those who travel long distances to FPC.
What will be the Bible study content?
Facilitators will use a variety of questions based on the sermons preached each Sunday to spark discussion and to help group members engage in meaningful dialogue with one another. As participants dig deeper into the sermon they’ve just heard, they’ll be encouraged to move from understanding to the personal meaning and application of biblical truth.
How do I get involved?
FPC members and visitors can sign up to join one of three groups. Sign-up sheets are located in the sun walk. Members are encouraged to invite friends who do not have a church home.
The purpose of FPC’s small groups is for God to shepherd the members of FPC Dyersburg and our community in caring fellowship while encouraging spiritual growth and evangelism through Biblical education, worship and prayer.
We desire to develop and encourage small groups that are spiritually oriented, disciple-making communities which provide safe places for their members (churched and unchurched).
Small groups will come together to encourage group members by praying for each other, recognizing and nurturing God-given gifts, meeting individual needs, and raising leaders to sustain growth of the church.
The inclusion of Bible study and community involvement will be the foundation for small group associated with our church. We are trusting God to use these small groups for the development of authentic relationships and accountability to other members in the groups.
Small groups will be comprised of a minimum of six members to a maximum of twelve with a commitment to grow as well as divide. Members will encourage each other in personal as well as group prayer and maintain the foundation of commitment to study of God’s word.
The following characteristics will be exhibited: intentional acts of service to the church body and our neighboring community and accountability for small group members’ spiritual health and growth.
- Bible Study
- Encouragement of Members
- Development of Leaders