Small groups can range from 3 to 12 people. Groups that grow larger than 12 are encouraged to multiply. The goal is for everyone to have an opportunity to participate in discussion.
Group sessions typically run 6-13 weeks. Some groups will choose to continue meeting longer. However, our goal is to provide frequent opportunities for new people to join groups or for people to change groups, as well as giving leaders a break between sessions.
Frazer offers groups for men, women, singles, couples, students, young adults, median adults, older adults, and inter-generational groups. Some are neighborhood-based, and some are formed around common interests. However groups form, our priority is for every person to have an opportunity to connect in authentic community.
A normal group meeting includes time for fellowship, prayer, and discussion of the Bible or a Bible-based book or video. Groups may also choose to meet occasionally just for fun and fellowship, and they may choose to work on a service project together.
Some groups dig deeper into the pastors' sermon topic for the week. Others may choose a video-based or book-based curriculum. Still others simply select a passage from the Bible to read and discuss. Whichever format is used, the goal is to better understand the Bible as God's word applied to our everyday lives.
Small groups are led by volunteers who have demonstrated a love for God, love for people, and a desire to see people become disciples of Jesus Christ. Volunteers facilitate discussion rather than giving a lecture, so they do not have to be an expert in the Bible to serve. In some groups, one volunteer leads the discussion while another volunteer serves as the host, opening his or her home and creating a welcoming environment.
Groups meeting in homes or neighborhood centers work out their own childcare. They may choose to make arrangements individually or work together as a group to hire a sitter, or take turns providing care. For groups meeting on the Atlanta Highway campus, childcare is provided during selected hours.