- Phone: (931) 674-1803
- Location: 4922 Port Royal Road, Spring Hill, TN 37174
- Mailing Address: PO Box 1077, Spring Hill, TN 37174
What does a Community Group look like?
We believe thriving spiritually happens best in Community Groups. A Community Group is made up of four to five couples or six to eight individuals that meet together throughout the week in homes in our community. Once the church has a dedicated meeting space, Community Groups will meet at this space throughout the week.
It is in a Community Group where you study God’s Word together and are in a setting in which you can tackle the tough questions and challenges of life. You will find Community Groups to be a comfortable place where you can connect with and share life with like-minded people.
How much of my time is this going to take?
Community Group meetings last approximately 1.5 hours each—thirty minutes for snacking, eating, and hanging out; one hour for Bible study and prayer. As Community Group members begin to develop community, they most likely will want to spend even more time together. There is always time for prayer and sharing of life issues where others in your group can help you walk through life and not be alone.
What are we going to do with our children during Community Group?
Each Community Group has their own childcare solution—hire a sitter for the group, have another home near the host home with a parent keeping them, adults rotate keeping the kids in a bonus room, etc. You’ll find most groups will have a sitter, as the church helps provide childcare.
Will there be homework?
Most Community Group studies will not have mandatory homework. Occasionally there will be optional support resources such as devotions, podcasts, online lessons, and so forth.
Am I going to have to talk or can I just sit and listen during meetings?
Community Groups are like family – sometimes you talk, sometimes you listen. No one is forced to talk or to lead the group. As the group develops, people become much more comfortable. We have discovered that people who seldom speak up in large groups will talk in Community Groups.
Will I have to pray out loud?
No. Again, you are allowed to move, grow, at your own pace. When you want to share a prayer concern or pray out loud, you will be encouraged to do so.
Who else is going to be in the group?
Community Groups are made up of people from The Church at Spring Hill, as well as friends, neighbors or acquaintances of people in the group. Each Community Group leader is someone who is deeply involved in The Church at Spring Hill.
How much do I have to know about the Bible?
None. Community Groups are all about learning the Bible, not debating it or being tested on it. Each group typically selects their own Community Group curriculum, so it is something that the group as a whole is interested in learning about. Occasionally, every Community Group will go through the same curriculum.
How many weeks or months is this group going to last?
Community Group is like family, some of them last for years, others multiply and start new groups in 12 to 18 months. We expect all Community Groups to have a leader and an apprentice leader. As the group grows, it will be the apprentice leader who begins a new group.
If I don’t like it, can I leave without people being mad at me?
We encourage you to visit a couple of Community Groups to see how they operate. At the same time, we want you to find a group that you feel will best thrive in. After your initial visits, commit to attending a Community Group for six straight weeks.