“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead
Canaan’s English Ministry is committed to building strong communities of disciples. Through small groups, we follow Jesus with people we trust and are accountable to. Through small groups, we will become more like Jesus as we study God’s word and strive to hear God’s voice together.
Indeed, the path to spiritual fruitfulness (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control – Galatians 5:22-23) is paved in a safe environment of truth-speaking, trust-worthy sisters and brothers in Christ! Loving each other within community is what Paul meant by “walking by the Spirit.” (Gal. 5:13-16)!
So, if you are an adult, we encourage you to join a small group at Canaan!
The following groups are currently meeting:
Please contact these coordinators directly or complete this On-Line Form for more information. You can also email Pastor Tim if you have any questions about joining or starting a small group EMAIL PASTOR TIM
Resources for Small Group Leaders:
FAQs about Small Groups for Adults
1. How are these small groups different from past small groups?
These small groups are covenant-based. Participants in each small group will be asked to sign off on a mutually agreed upon covenant. The covenant is a set of guidelines to hold members accountable to God and each other. It is a way to measure spiritual growth and to ensure that small groups remain effective.
2. Who can be a part of an Canaan EM adult small groups?
The small groups are open to all adults (college age and older). Some small groups will be multi-life-stage. Others will be comprised of people in the same life-stage. Though the small groups will be mostly comprised of Christians and CTCC members, we hope that they will also be places where non-believers and new-comers would feel welcome.
3. How large will the small groups be?
No larger than 12 and no less than 6 adults.
4. How often and how long will the small groups meet?
Each group should meet at least twice a month (or more, depending on the group’s composition) for no more than 2-1/2 hour each meeting. Small groups will also follow Canaan’s quarterly calendar so each group has the option of renewing or disbanding at the end of the quarter. The fall quarter begins in September and concludes at the end of November. The winter quarter begins in December and concludes by the end of February. And so on.
5. Where will small groups meet?
This will be determined by the small group. Some may choose to meet at the church. Others may choose to meet at homes. It is okay to rotate locations.
6. What will the small groups do in their meetings?
Each small group will determine what topic or activity they wish to focus on (with guidance from Pastor Tim and the Fellowship Deacon). For example, some groups will do a bible study, others will do sermon reflections, and still others may focus on other topics. In addition to a study or activity, each small group will also devote time to life-sharing (confession), prayer, and mission. For example, some groups will volunteer in a soup kitchen, others will go on local missions, and others will organize activities for Canaan.
7. I want to be a small group leader. What can I expect?
First, our undying gratitude.
Second, expect your role to be centered on coordinating, delegating, communicating, and, sometimes, covenant enforcing. It would be wise to delegate various responsibilities.
Third, expect training and support. You will meet with Pastor Tim and/or the Fellowship Deacon monthly for this purpose.
Fourth, expect to be treated nicely! Dinners, special activities, and love will come your way!