Welcome to AAC Small Groups!
God’s design for discipleship starts in the small group setting. In order for us to connect, grow, and serve together we need a community of individuals with whom we can “do life.” There is no perfect group, leader, or study, but by God’s grace we can learn to walk with one another through the seasons of life. Our intent is to find you or your family a Small Group that can encourage, challenge, and deepen your faith.
Get Connected By Taking a First Step
The best way to get connected with a Small Group is to attend one of our three annual (September, January, May) "Small Group Roots" events. This will help you see what groups have openings that match your preferred demographic and availablity. Visit the event calendar for details.
What to Expect
The Great Commission in Matthew 28 calls all believers to “make disciples.” We model our discipleship by how Christ displayed His in scripture — by surrounding himself with a small group of disciples, teaching, studying scripture, and learning to apply what it says in day-to-day life. Doing life with people can get messy, but we are called to do life together, embracing one another with the love of Christ.
How do we do this at Appleton Alliance? AAC functions as a healthy church. That being said, there will just never be the opportunity for our staff to personally invest in the lives of every single person here, which is why we all have the responsibility to minister to those around us. It’s God design that true community be developed and lived out. Within our small groups lives are transformed, marriages are restored, and life-long friendships are developed.
What does a typical Small Group session look like?
Each semester the Small Group chooses what they will study. A library of group studies and study materials are available to Small Group leaders. Within the Fall and Spring semesters, the Small Group is responsible to serve in an approved community outreach event. A revolving list of possible service projects will be available on our Leader Resource page.
Depending on when the Small Group meets, it's encouraged that the group have some nights of strictly fellowship (dinner, movie, campfire, etc).
What is the make-up of a Small Group?
Small Groups are led by one or two AAC approved leaders and include 8-12 people. Small Groups can consist of singles and couples, men and women. We do try to group people by life stage, and all of this demographic information can be found through searching groups in the Small Groups Portal.
When and how often do Small Groups meet?
We suggest that Small Groups meet weekly, or bi-weekly, if needed. The frequency and day/time will depend on the availablity of your group.
The Fall session runs from September to December and the Spring session runs from January to May. Some groups may take a break for the summer (June-August) but it is encouraged to continually meet if possible.
Where do Small Groups meet?
Small Groups meet within people's homes or at a location that allows for good discussion and prayer to be the focus.