We believe that we were created to have genuine connections with other people. If you want your relationship with Christ to continually grow, you’ve got to connect with people who have the same goal. One of the ways our church encourages those relationships is through our Connect Groups, which are meetings of 3 or more people who gather each week in a home, workplace, or online. Groups meet to encourage each other, hang out, study and apply God’s Word and serve together.
The best way to experience a small group is to start one of your own. It’s simple! Just grab a few friends, find a place to meet, take our brief training and you’re good to go!
Become a Host, Change a Life!
Psalms 133:1 says Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is our vision at The Potter’s House of North Dallas to not only worship together, but to do life together.
If you have a willing heart, a DVD player, and a few open seats in your living room, you can be a host. The DVD “teaches” the group to ensure an easy process from start to finish. Before your group starts, you’ll receive host training that helps you get the most from the DVD curriculum and gives you answers to your questions. Most of our DVD curriculum lasts 4-6 weeks and we ask that hour hosts commit to every week. After that your group can continue on in a few different ways listed below.
If you are interested in being a bridge to connect our community we are looking for you! To start the process of becoming a host please fill out our Group Host Application Form.
What Happens in a Connect Group?
Our small group meetings are built around DVD curriculum, studying a book of the Bible, exploring a topic, or discussing a book by a Christian author. The group meeting usually includes time to socialize with others, study God’s Word, and possibly enjoy desserts or snacks. Occasionally, a group will take a break to throw a party, serve together and just have fun.
Moving Beyond the Basics…
After the 4 to 6 week series, we encourage our connect groups to continue. Whether they meet weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, a group host can request that that the group continue as a book, interest or sermon based group.
Book-based Groups. A book based group uses a book or resource to continue their group. We’re happy to provide a list of suggested readings. If the book you’d like to use isn’t on our list just simply send over the title to one of our Connect Group specialists to assist with getting it approved.
Interest Based Groups. An interest based group focuses on common interests of its members such as sports, yoga, cooking, fitness, music, baking, painting/art, tennis, fishing, hunting, jewelry making, dance, cycling, etc…
Sermon Based Groups. A sermon based group utilizes the weekly discussions from Pastor Brady. Each week a new set of discussion questions are posted to our website and are updated following Pastor Brady’s latest sermon. For a sample of these discussion questions visit www.tphnd.org/blog
How to Get Connected.
From a practical standpoint, let’s face it, when your church is large, it can become very easy to get lost in the crowd. In addition to our Sunday worship experience, when do you get an opportunity to build relationships? Where do you go where everybody knows your name? We believe those questions can be answered in your Connect Group.
Our goal is to help you find opportunities to build authentic and genuine relationships with the people you worship with each week. Since our Connect Groups are relationship based we encourage you to find some of your friends and start a group together. Host a group is easy and we’ll provide you with all the tools you need to lead a group successfully.
If you’re new to the area and need some help finding a group please email CGilleylen@tphnd.org with your information including the city and zip code where you live and we’ll respond back with some potential groups that are close to you.
The Potter’s House of North Dallas does not determine childcare provision for groups. It is left up to the host and the group to brainstorm solutions for meeting childcare needs.