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Connection Groups at n​​​​​tc
Get Connected in a Small Group!
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"Life change happens in circles, not in rows."
                          -Andy Stanley

The "church" is not a building, a denomination, or a business organization.  It's a family of people who agree about Jesus.  At ntc, we believe that the family needs to gather together on the weekend, in our worship time, but we also believe the family should scatter around the community and meet in connection groups during
the week. 

Belonging to a Group

Every believer needs a church home, and we also need a small group of other believers for support and encouragment.  We believe that spiritual growth happens as we gather regularly with a few other believers. When we meet, our goals are simple.

  •    To learn about Jesus
  •    To share each other's hurts and triumphs
  •    To pray for one another
  •    To know one another
  •    To be accountable to others
  •    To encourage one another
         ...and more.

Here are a few things to note before using the group tool below.

   -Some information may be out of date, so be sure to contact the leader.
   -Even when no childcare is offered, kids may still be welcome.  Just ask the leaders.
   -One of the greastest ways to serve others and see life change is to HOST a group of your own!

​Hosting Your Own Group

​What a great way to see life change happen, in your living room!!  Pray now about hosting a connection group.  You don't
need to be a Bible scholar (in fact, scholars often make terrible connection group leaders.) You don't have to be an expert in leadership. We're looking for people to host groups who...

​1. Have a heart for people
2. O pen their home or find another meeting spot.
3. Serve a snack or set the table for conversation
4. Turn on a video or lead a discussion with curriculum we provide.

Hosting a connection group is a great way to help people discover and grow in Christ, develop community, and expand the reach of the church.  It can be one of the most rewarding things that you could consider doing.  At ntc, hosting your own group or helping others to start one is something you can do!

What is required or expected of a Connection Group host?

Group hosts need to be people who are committed to Jesus and who have been baptized
as believers.  Hosts also need to have attended Ownership Class, or plan to do so with-in a three month
period after beginning their group.

​We do not expect group hosts to be Bible scholars.  New believers are welcome to host groups.  We believe strongly in "on-the-job" training.  All hosts will gather together every few months for a time of discussion and training with our Care Pastor.

​When and how often should we meet?

Groups can meet weekly or bi-weekly and allow for missing weeks now and then when
group members are scattered.  The time is up to the group.

Can we meet somewhere other than a home?

Absolutely!  In fact, we encourage groups to launch in workplaces, break rooms, coffee
shops and wherever else people can meet.  Often, groups that meet somewhere other than
a home have an advantage when it comes to involving people who aren't part of the church.

What do we do about kids?

​You could hire a babysitter and divide the cost.  Others let kids play in another room.  It's really up to the
group.  ntc doesn't currently provide childcare for connection groups, but we've found that most groups can have a great meeting even when kids are playing in a room nearby.  Further, we love the idea of kids seeing their parents engaging with others in Bible study, it's a great example to set!

Can people attend my group who don't attend ntc?

Definitely!  This is one of the best ways to grow and expand our reach.  We are careful not
to try to "recruit" people already involved in other churches, but when someone is not connected in a church, we want to include them in ours!

What kind of Groups can we start?

You can start any kind of group at ntc, that fulfills one simple goal, connecting with other people and creating
a sense of belonging. We currently have althletics, service, activity, study and exercise groups! We hope to start a new group based on your idea, soon!
Find a group