Why Small Groups?
Since the church exists to glorify God through the fulfillment of the Great Commission (Matt.28:19-20) in the spirit of the Great Commandment (Matt.22:37-39), then making quality disciples is paramount. At Harvest, we believe quality disciples worship Christ, walk with Christ, and work for Christ together through unashamed adoration, unapologetic preaching, unceasing prayer, unafraid witness, in uncommon community.
It is the gospel of Christ that makes the church such an uncommon community, and one of the best ways to see and experience this unique gospel community is in small groups. Walking with Christ together in small groups is the primary pathway of discipleship at Harvest, by which we mature and multiply to make other disciples of Christ. That's why we are a church of
small groups, not just with
small groups, because small groups provide maximum growth in the gospel.
What happens in a Small Group?
Like spiritual greenhouses, small groups enable us to experience catalytic growth both personally and together. Each week, as small groups meet for worship, prayer, Bible study, mutual ministry (care and accountability), and outreach activities, we experience the quality of discipleship that we long for and that God calls us to - supernatural transformation toward Christlikeness through God's Word, by God's Spirit, with God's people.
When and where do Small Groups meet?
These groups meet weekly, three to four times per month, in homes throughout Brampton and surrounding areas. Mixed small groups are available each night of the week, as well as on Sundays. A typical small group is about 12 people that meets for approximately 2-2.5 hours. It consists of a time of worship, Bible study, prayer, mutual ministry, and fellowship. The mutual ministry time is central to small groups, as men and women gather separately for a time of encouragement, practical application, and spiritual accountability.
What curriculum will we be using?
The curriculum used in Small Groups is derived from the sermon each Sunday and is elder written and approved. This not only enhances the unity we experience as a church working through a common curriculum, but also deepens our understanding and application of the biblical truths preached each week.
Can I bring my children?
Each Small Group handles childcare differently, depending on the number and age of children, as well as space limitations where the group meets. Please ask your Small Group Leader for possible solutions.
Do I need to be an official member of Harvest to be in a Small Group?
Membership is not required to join a Small Group, however, to apply for church membership, participation in a Small Group is required.
How do I join a Small Group?
To join one of Harvest's Small Groups, please complete these 2 easy steps:
1. Complete the Harvest Essentials course. This course is offered regularly in 3 sessions on 3 consecutive Sundays during the 11:15am worship service. It gives an in-depth look at what it means to be a disciple of Christ and church member here at Harvest, worshipping, walking with, and working for Christ.
2. Submit an online Small Group Questionnaire. You can also pick up and submit a hardcopy of the Small Group Questionnaire at the Connect Desk on Sunday. Be sure you also read through and agree with our Small Group Commitment & Covenant so that you understand the commitment involved in participating in a Small Group.
We also encourage everyone to take the time to attend Party with the Pastors as this gives you an opportunity to hear about our beginnings, meet some of the staff and leadership, and hear about our doctrine and direction as a church.