Small Groups

In the New Testament, the church is a group of people (the ekklesia) gathering to change the world. However, when people hear or say the word “church” today they are using it from the ancient German word kirka, which designates a street address.

Jesus didn’t challenge the world to come into our beautiful buildings (our kirkas). He challenged the church (the ekklesia) to go into a lost world.

HDC’s small groups exist to prepare you to change YOUR world, the 8-15 people sitting on the front row of your life. The church functions best when the ekklesia takes what’s taught inside the kirka and lives it out in an authentic and real way to their oikos.

Our small groups generally follow our local school calendars and meet from September-May, taking natural breaks throughout the year. As such, our groups take a break over the summer from June -August. We believe that having rhythms in life create healthier and more effective Christians. Part of those rhythms mean pausing from our normal routines.

This September, we will begin our small group season with 40 Days of Prayer. This gives new attenders the opportunity to jump into a group for the very first time. Simply browse our groups by clicking the Small Group Locator below. If you need more assistance, fill out the Help me Find a Group form and someone from the small group team will contact you with information about a group.

40 Days also is a great time to HOST a new group. To be a host, you just need to:

H – Have a heart for people. We know you already do care for the people in your relational world.

O – Open your home. Pick a night of the week to meet for 6 weeks starting the week of September 12.

S – Start the video. We’ll provide you with all the resources you need.

T – Tell your friends. Make sure your family, friends, neighbors, other parents on your kids’ soccer team gets an invite to come over. The church will not fill HOST groups.

To HOST, press the HOST button below.

We hope this helps. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at smallgroups@highdesertchurch.com.