Beta Groups

5 Weeks. 5 Compelling Questions. 


We invite you to explore the Christian faith by "testing out" one of our Beta Small Groups. Beta Groups are five weeks long and start in September. They provide a comfortable opportunity for people to be with others who have the same starting point. When it comes to the Christian faith people often have a lot of questions and might not know where to start or who to go to. People are asking a lot of questions about Christianity and we want to help address those concerns and questions. Here's what you can expect: 


New Friends. Joining an existing group can often be difficult and intimidating. In a Beta Group, everyone is new. 


New, Non, or Nominal Believers. Most people in a Beta Group will have plenty of questions. If you don't know the difference between the book of Ephesians and the book of Jeremiah - you'll be in good company. 


An Inviting and Relaxed Atmosphere.  Sitting in a pew, singing along to worship songs, listening to a sermon, or passing around an offering plate can all be a little weird to the uninitiated. Your 5 week long Beta Group will meet either in the home of a friend or in the church's commons area. 


What dates do I need to know? 

Starting the 3rd Sunday (the 16th) in September we'll address one compelling question every Sunday morning. Starting the following Saturday (the 22nd) we'll have a venue at the church Commons area where Beta Groups can gather to eat, drink, listen to the sermon, and discuss their thoughts and reactions. The Saturday venue will be from 6:30PM-8:30PM and there will be childcare available. Some Beta Groups may choose to meet in a group member's home during a different day and time. 

What kind of questions can I expect?

Every year we'll choose 5 different questions to ask, answer, and discuss. Questions and topics may vary widely but you can expect questions like:


  • Why is there so much violence in the Bible?

  • Why would we follow a book written by men?

  • Why doesn't God heal amputees?

  • Was Jesus a real person or a compilation of myths?

  • Why do good people suffer?

  • Why does God require faith without sight?

  • Why are there dragons in the Bible?

  • Do Christians really believe in Noah's ark? 

Will I have to debate? 

We'd rather it if you didn't. We consider the "message" time to be our turn to talk and we consider the discussion time to be your turn to share. Everyone in the Beta group is entitled to their own opinions and their own take on whatever subject we happen to be discussing.


Do I have to talk?  

Nope! We know that not everyone is comfortable with talking out loud and a lot of people need time to process new information. We also know that not everyone will be ready to answer every question that gets asked during discussion time. Feel free to stay, feel free to listen, feel free to share at your own pace and in your own time. 

Can I help lead? 

We love the idea of giving as many people possible an opportunity to discuss and learn about the Christian faith. Click here to discover more about leading. 

How can I sign up? 

If you're interested and you'd like to know more. We'd encourage you to give us some information about yourself so we can send out updates as they come. Signing up doesn't mean that you have to come - it just means you'd be interested in receiving updates and hearing more. 

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