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Growth Groups

*If you are interested in leading and/or hosting a Growth Group in the Fall, please join us for an informational meeting on Sunday, June 24.  The meeting will take place in the Chapel, immediately following the morning Worship Service.  Lunch is provided!

“Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.” (Colossians 2:6-7)

What is a Growth Group?

A Growth Group is a small group of 12-15 members who have chosen to commit themselves to one another for one purpose: growth. In that sense, they’re a little like greenhouses, wherein Christians gather to encourage one another in the Word and to ask the Holy Spirit to take that Word and to cause it to grow and to bear fruit for God’s glory in and through group members. As group members are rooted, built up, and established in Christ, through the work of Word and Spirit, they will begin to walk in a manner worthy of him producing spiritual fruit that nourishes and lasts.

Why Growth Groups?

We believe growth in the gospel happens when people hear and respond to the Word of God. We also believe that preaching is not enough. We believe people need a place where they can personally work out and walk out the preached Word in committed relationships with brothers and sisters who share their desire to grow in the Lord. Think: the exposition of the Word of God + the exposition of our lives = a Growth Group.

We also believe that the church grows and matures as the members of the body learn to speak the truth in love to one another. We believe this involves not just the few speaking the Word of God to the many but every member of the body speaking the truth in love to one another. We believe Growth Groups are a learning lab of sorts where we learn together how to encourage one another with the very words of our God by listening well to one another and learning to speak well-timed, grace-giving, biblical words to one another.

Finally, if we’re going to grow in the Lord or go with his gospel to our neighbors and the nations, we need his presence and his power, which means we need to pray. In fact, our first response to the preached Word ought to be prayer. Gospel growth involves transformation, from the inside out, and the only One who can take the Word and do that kind of work, inside and out, is the Lord Jesus. He’s the only One who can change us and the only One who can save our lost neighbors, which is why we pray together, in Growth Groups. Because we must. Not merely in the sense that we are commanded to pray, but in the desperate sense that we will never grow apart from God’s presence and power, and we will never go with his Word, into our community, apart from his presence and power.

What are the essential aims of a Growth Group?

• To develop in group members an unshakable confidence in Christ and his Word. (rooted and established)
• To strengthen group members’ understanding and application of God’s Word to everyday life and relationships. (built up)
• To cultivate Christ-centered change by allowing the Word of Christ to dwell richly in the heart and so abiding in Christ (overflowing with gratitude)
• To surround group members with a team of people who can pray with them for and encourage them to share the gospel with the lost around them.

What do Growth Groups study?

Growth Groups study material based on the Biblical text being taught in our Sunday morning services.  You can find weekly discussion questions linked below.

When and where do Growth Groups meet?

The following is a list of Growth Groups at SMCC.  Click on the leaders name to email each leader directly.

Leader Day & Time Place
Steve Cormack
999-4261
Mondays
7:00pm
Carl & Laura Jones’ Home, 3676 Miller Hill Way, Vestavia, 35243
Mike Crowe
572-5769
Sundays
5:30pm
Von & Leah Burchfield’s Home, 1742 Shades Crest Rd., Vestavia, 35216
Robert Funk
541-2798
Sundays
5:30pm
SMCC – Room 358
Host:  Chris Callahan
Jim Johnson
613-7861
Sundays
9:00am
SMCC – Room 354
Gary Kennedy
903-3201
Sundays
5:30pm
Ron & Lynn Sleeper’s Home, 535 Twin Creek Rd., Hoover, 35226
Steve Meeks
937-6108
Fridays
7:00pm
Tom & Theresa Jones’ Home, 3518 Highland Ave., Hueytown, 35023
Doug Pass
261-1500
Sundays
9:15am
SMCC – Room 360
Bill Pierce
478-4449
Sundays
5:30pm
Bill & Laura Pierce’s Home, 529 Park Ave., Hoover, 35226
Richard Roberts
223-8449
Sundays
4:00pm
SMCC – Room 357
David Spurling
381-0876
Sundays
5:30pm
Rick & Tiffany Healy’s Home, 603 O’Neal Dr., Hoover, 35226

How do I become part of a Growth Group?

You can contact David Spurling or Robert Funk if you would like to join a Growth Group.

What if I’d like to talk with someone about leading or hosting a Growth Group?

If you are interested in leading and/or hosting a Growth Group in the Fall, please join us for an informational meeting on Sunday, June 24.  The meeting will take place in the Chapel, immediately following the morning Worship Service.  Lunch is provided!

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