“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.
When and where do Growth Groups meet?
The following is a list of Growth Groups at SMCC. Please note that group times and meeting places may vary due to Covid-19. Click on the leader’s name to email them directly, or call them at the phone number listed to get up to date information on their group.
|Leader||Day & Time||Place|
|Jim & Darcy Terry’s Home, 2250 Mill Run Drive, Hoover, 35226
Host: Chris Callahan
|Jim Johnson, Butch Mullins
|Butch & Marie Mullins’ Home, 550 Bristol Lane, Birmingham, 35226|
|SMCC – Room 308|
Jones House, 2286 Old Tyler Road, Hoover, 35226
|Tom & Theresa Jones’ Home, 3518 Highland Ave., Hueytown, 35023|
|SMCC – Conference Room|
|Ted Dower, & Ryan Sparks||Saturdays
|Ryan & Christen Sparks’ Home, 1922 River Way Drive, Hoover 35244. Children are welcome!|
|SMCC = Room 304|
|SMCC – Rooms 301 & 302|
How do I become part of a Growth Group?
You can contact Andrew Spigner 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?
You can contact Andrew Spigner if you would like to lead or host a Growth Group.