CONNECT GROUPS

Looking to go deeper with God? Enjoy talking with friends? 

We invite you to Host a Connect Group!

Connect Groups are CCC’s small group ministry. We believe God uses community to bring grace and transformation into our lives. 

Our Connect Groups exist to cultivate communities that pray, study and support each other in spiritual growth. 

How do I know if I want to Host a Connect Group? It’s as simple as H.O.S.T.! 

H – Heart for God

O – Open your home or find a meeting location for 5 weeks 

S – Serve others with care and consideration 

T – Tell your friends, neighbors, or co-workers about joining a Connect Group

Would you consider hosting a small group of your neighbors, friends or co-workers to discuss biblical principles for daily living?

 

After attending the Host Orientation on March 11th, mandatory Host Training at CCC will be held on:

  1. Wednesday, March 15th from 7:30pm to 9pm

  2. Wednesday, March 22nd from 7:30pm to 9pm

  3. Wednesday, March 29th from 7:30pm to 9pm

  4. Wednesday, April 5th from 7:30pm to 9pm

  5. Wednesday, April 12th from 7:30pm to 9pm

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

General Information
1. What is the purpose of Connect Groups?
2. What happens in a Connect Group?
3. What is the size of a Connect Group?
4. Who can join a Connect Group?
5. Are there different kinds of Connect Groups?
6. Do Connect Group members need to be members of CCC?
7. Do Connect Group members need to be Christian?
8. How can I join or find a group?
9. Will there be childcare?
10. What is the lifespan of a Connect Group?

Requirements to be a Connect Group Host
1. What does it mean to Host a Connect Group?
2. If I want to become a Connect Group Host, will I be trained?
3. How do I know if I am ready to Host a Connect Group?
4. Do I need experience in small groups ministry to be a Host?
5. How do I become a Connect Group Host?

Connect Group Host Training
1. What is the Connect Group Host Training?
2. What happens after I complete the Connect Group Host Training?
3. What is the Principles for Life Program?
4. Where can I find the Principles for Life study program that we will be using?
5. How long is the Principles for Life program?
6. As a Host, what kind of support will I have?

Responsibilities of A Connect Group Host or Leader
1. What does a Connect Group Host do?
2. What if I cannot open my home to Host a small group?
3. How do I determine the best place for my small group to meet?
4. Can I Host more than one Connect Group at a time?

General Information
1. What is the purpose of Connect Groups?
Connect Groups serve to connect people to biblical doctrine and promote Christ-centered fellowship.

2. What happens in a Connect Group?
Connect Groups meet to study the Principles for Life lessons on a weekly basis. A typical meeting, which should not exceed one hour, includes:
a. Opening in prayer
b. Discussing the prior week’s lesson
c. Reading & discussing the assigned lesson
d. Considering the life application of the lesson
e. Reminding group members of the following week’s meeting
f. Concluding in Prayer

3. What is the size of a Connect Group?
A Connect Group should have no fewer than 6 people and no more than 10. These numbers include the Host.

4. Who can join a Connect Group?
Any adult over the age of twenty can join your Connect Group.
Please note: For our Married Groups, both husband and wife must register.

5. Are there different kinds of Connect Groups?
We have four types of Connect Groups:

- Young Adults: These Connect Groups are for ages 20 to 34 & are co-ed. The Host also will be in this age range and supported by the CCC Young Adult Ministry.
- Married Couples: These groups are designed for married couples. The Hosts also will be a married couple.
- Women: A Women’s Only Connect Group will receive special support from the International Christian Sisterhood, the official women’s ministry of CCC.
- Men: A Men’s Only Connect Group will receive special support from the International Christian Brotherhood, the official men’s ministry of CCC.

6. Do Connect Group members need to be members of CCC?
Group members do not need to be members of CCC. However, they need to be willing to provide their contact information during the group registration process.

7. Do Connect Group members need to be Christian?
While the Principles for Life program features biblically-based content, Connect Group members don’t need to be Christians. However, our Connect Groups are designed to be a place to learn and grow in Christian doctrine & fellowship. The material used focuses on how the Bible applies to our lives. So, make sure that all your guests are comfortable submitting to a Christian Bible Study in a Christian Environment.

8. How can I join or find a group?
Two ways. You can either partner with someone who will take the responsibility to be a Host, or you can join by invitation to a Connect Group in your region.

9. Will there be childcare?
Connect Groups are meant to be an hour of uninterrupted study and sharing for adults over the age of 20. However, each individual Connect Group is responsible for deciding how to handle childcare needs. Some options are:
a. Have parents arrange individually for sitters and attend the group without children
b. Collect money for a group sitter who watches the kids in a different room while the group meets
c. Create a rotation: Group members take turns watching the kids each week

10. What is the lifespan of a Connect Group?
CCC provides new studies once a series is completed. Connect Groups are meant to last as long as the Host & the group desire to meet together for study. Our prayer is that the relationships built will last a lifetime.

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Requirements to be a Connect Group Host
1. What does it mean to Host a Connect Group?
Being a Host is simple and you will be supported by the ministry. We train you over several weeks and commission you to invite your neighbors, friends, co-workers and family to join your small group.

Being a Connect Group Host is a rewarding responsibility.
Duties Include:
a. Gathering a group of family, friends, neighbors or coworkers to study Principles of Life
b. Selecting, with the group, a comfortable location to meet
c. Choosing the day and times to meet consecutively to complete the study
d. Facilitating a discussion based on the Connect Group material

2. If I want to become a Connect Group Host, will I be trained?
When you become a Connect Group Host you are trained to start your own group. Our training equips you to invite and host a small group of your family, friends, neighbors & co-workers for a life changing study.

3. How do I know if I am ready to Host a Connect Group?
You do not need to be a Bible scholar to be a Connect Group Host. The only qualifications are CCC Membership, a desire to learn, a network of relationships, and a commitment to a five-week study.

4. Do I need experience in small groups ministry to be a Host?
No prior small group ministry experience is required to be a Host.

5. How do I become a Connect Group Host?
Simply register online for the five-week Connect Group training. Once you successfully complete the training, you qualify to be an official Connect Group Host.

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Connect Group Host Training
1. What is the Connect Group Host Training?
When you become a Connect Group Host you are trained to start your own group. Our training equips you to invite and host a small group of your family, friends, neighbors & co-workers for a life changing study. The initial training consists of 5 weeks during which you will:
a. Gain the necessary skills to lead a meeting
b. Receive in-class training
c. Learn how to build on your own strengths as a leader
d. Connect with like-minded leaders & fellow hosts

You will do all this, and so much more!

2. What happens after I complete the Connect Group Host Training?
Once the members of your group are registered, you will all be provided the study materials at our Connect Group Launch Celebration (date to be determined).

3. What is the Principles for Life Program?
Right now our groups are studying LaRed’s Principles for Life. Through this forty-lesson program, members are studying values & principles that will:
• Awaken personal vision
• Deepen our character
• Teach us to walk in courage
• Help us to Be God’s leaders in the world

4. Where can I find the Principles for Life study program that we will be using?
You will receive the study program once you complete training and register your group.

5. How long is the Principles for Life program?
The Principles for Life is a forty-lesson program: eight units of five lessons each.

6. As a Host, what kind of support will I have?
During the training you will be encouraged to select a co-Host for the Connect Group (CG). In addition, you will belong to a Connect Team with other Hosts in your region for prayer and mutual support. Hosts will receive e-lessons, conference calls, & support from Small Group Coaches & even CCC Ministerial Staff.

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Responsibilities of A Connect Group Host or Leader
1. What does a Connect Group Host do?
Being a Connect Group Host is a rewarding responsibility.
Duties Include:
a. Gathering a group of family, friends, neighbors or coworkers to study Principles of Life
b. Selecting, with the group, an appropriate location to meet
c. Choosing the day and times to meet consecutively to complete the study
d. Facilitating a discussion based on the Connect Group material

2. What if I cannot open my home to Host a small group?
No Problem! Many of us live in small apartments where 8 to 10 people cannot fit comfortably. You and the group can discuss various alternatives. You can meet in another group member’s home. You can secure a room at a library. Restaurants, coffee shops & fast-food locations often have sections designated for meetings. Don’t let location keep you from the training. If you have a heart to learn, a network of friends, and a desire to see others grow, you will find a spot!

3. How do I determine the best place for my small group to meet?
Your host-training will include guidelines for selecting the best environment for your group meeting. As stated above, homes, restaurants, coffee shops, and numerous other venues may be viable options.

4. Can I Host more than one Connect Group at a time?
Only senior and preapproved Hosts can facilitate more than one group at a time.

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