A Place to Connect - Small Groups

A Small Group is a place where we relate with a few in a deeper and meaningful way that is not always possible on Sundays. Sometimes these groups are called Home Groups, or Life Groups, or Cell Groups.The name is not important; the purpose is. The purpose of a Small Group can be explained through four terms: Care, Disciple-making, Ministry and Outreach.  It is all about 'living life together' so that God's Kingdom can come and we 'make a difference' in our world!

A Home Group is a Care Group

It is a place where Christians can gather together to care for one another through friendship, prayer, encouragement and practical expressions of love and kindness.

They can also come to find intimate relationship and fellowship with others of like faith and interest levels.

Jesus really emphasised the importance of caring practically for people (Mat. 25:34-40). People respond well to being cared for and this is a key to having a successful group. Also, getting to know one another is really important and takes time.

A Home Group is a Disciple-making Group

It is a place where Christians can grow together to become fervent followers of Jesus Christ through the process of discipling, teaching and mentoring.

A disciple is a committed follower of Jesus Christ who seeks to live a life marked by continued growth in understanding and obedience. The Bible, the Word of God, is completely adequate for every area of life as it teaches, reproves, trains, and equips you in order that you may mature in Christ.

A Home Group helps make the necessary changes in our lives to be conformed to the image of His Son. By doing this we are therefore building, raising and empowering people. Helping them develop their potential in God through encouragement, affirmation, and challenge.

A Home Group is a Ministry Group

It is a place where Christians can develop and use their God-given gifts and abilities to help others.

People feel fulfilled and a part of something when they are able to contribute. Leaders do not need to do all the leading. One person does not possess all the gifts, energy and time to do everything needed by the group. Team ministry provides a great deal of variety and people will be more committed to something in which they are personally involved.

A Home Group is an Outreach Group

It is a place where Christians can bring their friends, neighbours and relatives in order for them to experience the life that is in Jesus Christ.

God has called us to love our “neighbour” and share the good news of Jesus Christ with whomever we can. By doing these things we help people develop an outward and others-centred focus. We also provide opportunities to see others come to the joy of knowing Christ.

I need the Home Group!

  • To establish meaningful relationships
  • To grow in my relationship with God and others
  • To find strength when I am in need
  • To develop the ministries that God has given me
  • To help me evangelize

The Home Group needs me!

  • To share my faith in Christ
  • To meet the practical needs of others
  • To be part of a team
  • To develop the ministries that God has given me
  • To use my spiritual gifts

Home Groups are the key to building community at West Ottawa. For more information about Home groups please contact the church office by phone at 613-839-7528 or by email at info@wocc.ca.