Frequently Asked Questions

To find out more about Small Groups, take a look at the info below. If you have further questions, contact the Group Coordinator HERE 

What is a Group? 

A Group is a home fellowship made up of 8-14 people who meet weekly/biweekly to share, study and support one another. A trained caring host and/or co-host lead each group. An average meeting lasts for an hour and a half, followed by light refreshments (refreshments can also occur before the meeting). 

How important are Groups? 

Here at Crossroads, Groups are essential to growth and connection. They’re the place where the real life change can take place as we study God’s Word while supporting and sharing our lives with one another. We believe that meeting together on a regular basis is time well spent. It is our goal to have at least 60% of our adults involved on a weekly basis and striving for deeper connection and love for one another. 

Where and when do they meet? 

The majority of Groups meet on various nights of the week in homes throughout the Corona area and beyond. Most evening groups meet between 6 –7pm — 8 – 9 pm. The daytime groups meeting times vary. We also have serving groups that meet together before their designated serving time. 

How long do they last? 

Groups generally run throughout the year taking the Summer off and starting up again in the Fall.  We have Fall, Winter & Spring sessions. At the end of each session, you will have the choice of staying in the same group, trying a new group or even taking a break. Most groups stay together throughout the entire year. Some groups have been meeting together for years.  

What is the required commitment? 

It is our hope that you would connect with the first groups you join. However, if that group is not a fit we encourage you to find another one until you find one that is a fit and comfortable (Groups staff can help). Once you find a group that fits, we would ask that you continue regularly for that quarter. Most groups find that the members become lifelong friends that grow and encourage each other regularly.  

What will We study? 

Many of the studies are based on the previous weekend’s message. These “sermon-based” Groups are built on what we call a “Lecture-Lab” model. 

Imagine the weekend message as a lecture on spiritual growth, and the Group as a lab where you get to roll up your sleeves and discuss how the weekend’s message works in real life. Each week there will be Group Notes on the Crossroads App and online with a series of Bible passages and questions to help you prepare for that week’s Group time. It will usually take 10 to 30 minutes per week to prepare for group. 

Many Groups also follow a study selection from Right Now Media as their curriculum or even choose a study from a current biblical author and go through it together. 

What will it cost? 

Few things in life are free and Groups are no exception! The cost of becoming part of a Group is the cost of commitment. During the first meeting, each group will complete a “covenant” together. This simple form helps each group discuss their priorities and commitment. Part of that commitment is the promise to attend each week and to come prepared as well as to attend the quarterly social and do one service project for the year. You have the first three weeks to decide if your group is a good fit for you. 

When you join a Group, you’re promising to attend and be prepared each week. It’s this commitment that makes Groups work. We realize it’s a big commitment, but well worth it. At any time you can choose to try a new group or take a break from Groups altogether. Crossroads has other paths to encourage your spiritual walk. 

What about Childcare?  

Groups are for adults only. (Exceptions can be made for nursing newborns, up to six months.) We leave it up to each family and group to work out their own childcare. Some groups hire a babysitter and put all the children in a room away from the group or make other arraignments.  

Sometimes it works best for families to share a sitter or to swap childcare with another family whose Small Group meets on a different evening. 

How do I choose a group? 

When selecting a Group, we strongly recommend you choose a Group based on its leader-host team and Station-in-Life (common stage in life), rather than its location. Over the years, we’ve found that groups do best when members share a common Station-in-Life and other interests with their leaders, hosts and other group members. In the end, you’ll find it’s worth the drive! 

Our groups are divided in the following Station-in-Life groupings: Singles, Young Marrieds, Young Families, Parents of Children K-6, Parents of Teens, Empty Nest, Senior Adults, Young Adults, Inter-generational groups (General or Mixed), etc. Remember, these Station-in-Life groupings are intentionally kept fuzzy and are meant to help you self-select an appropriate group for you. They are not intended to box you in. 

If you have any questions (especially if you are new to New to Crossroads), please don’t hesitate to call the front office and we will gladly assist you. Keep in mind that it might take two or three groups before you find the perfect fit, but don’t worry, you’ll find it!