At ODC, we desire to cultivate communities on a mission. Small Groups are the heartbeat of our church and serve as the primary setting for members to grow spiritually as they seek to live out the mission of ODC. A Small Group consists of 6-12 adults who are meeting together regularly, continually encouraging one another to mature in their faith, and serving to meet each other’s needs. In Small Groups we experience care and accountability in the context of authentic relationships.
ODC has two types of Small Groups:
1. Growth Groups
Growth Groups are our basic, entry level small groups and consist of 6-12 adults who meet for 12 weeks to go through a study on the Gospel. The goal of a Growth Group can be summarized by two words: Gospel and community. The idea is for the group to form a common vocabulary to begin to talk about how the Gospel transforms our lives, and for the members to be experiencing the transforming power of the Gospel within the context of community as they begin the process of getting to know one another. At the end of the 12 weeks, the group decides whether they want to continue for another 12 weeks or not. In the end, the hope is that each Growth Group will eventually become a Life Group by making a deeper commitment to sharing their lives with one another.
2. Life Groups
Life Groups are committed small groups sharing life together with the aim of growing spiritually through authentic relationships. Every Life Group begins as a Growth Group, but the difference is that Life Groups are essentially committed to a deeper level of community and discipleship with one another.
How can I get involved in a Small Group at ODC?
Suggestions for joining a Growth/Life Group
1. Ask people you know if they’d like to start a Growth Group and then contact us.
2. Would you like to join an existing group? Fill out this online form
3. Or, sign up for one of our Group Link (Wed) Bible Studies
What is Group Link Bible Study?
As a church, we deeply value community and because of this, we are offering a new class, led by Bill Magsig, that is designed to help people get connected to a small group as they study the Bible together. If you would like to be in a small group and enjoy the benefits of community, this class is for you! Sign up now.
Can I lead a Growth Group?
Yes! In 1 Timothy 4:12, Paul exhorts Timothy to “set the example for other believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.”
If you’re interested in leading a Growth Group, please contact Bill Magsig at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 661-393-8210.