Faith Church is a church “with ” small groups and “of ” small groups!

There are many names out there to describe what these groups are and what they do . . . at Faith, we call them


Our Mission The Mission of FAITH Church is simple:  Growing the Saved to Reach the Lost.  As Christ-following children of God, we must purposefully obey the Great Commandment of God (“love the Lord your God with all . . . “ Deut. 6:5) and fulfill the Great Commission of God (“go . . . make disciples . . . baptize . . . teach” Matt. 28:19-20).    “The building up of the saved, and the winning of the lost are the purposes of our ministry, to the glory of God.  But God must work in us before He can work through us.” (W. Wiersbe)   At FAITH Church we are all about making disciples.  Through a steady diet of expositional preaching on Sunday mornings, to small groups sharing life together throughout the week, or even one-on-one (or one-on-three) mentorship, an in-depth study of the scriptures is the primary avenue to fulfill God’s Word and His plan for our lives, ultimately to:

  • Conform to the image of His Son (Rom. 8:29)
  • Be a living sacrifice holy, pleasing, and acceptable to God by the transformation of our renewed minds (Rom. 12:1-2)
  • Teaching to observe all His commands (Matt. 28:20)

  What are Life Groups?  Small groups of adults of all ages inside the Faith Family dedicated to facilitating the vision of Loving, Learning, and Living like Jesus.  It is our desire that every Faith Church member invest in a small biblical community.  How can we say we love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, if we have no desire to learn and grow together? Where do Life Groups meet?   Various locations including Faith Church, homes of Faith Family members, or any other local meeting facility.   When do Life Groups meet?   Once a week or every other week with times and days to be determined by each group’s schedule.  Why do Life Groups meet?   Life Groups meet with the goal of growing and maturing the body of Christ as they generate:  relationships, assimilation (getting people “plugged in”), commitment to Christ, and life-transformation.  Eph. 4 calls for the “equipping of the saints for the work of ministry” and this how we flesh this out at Faith Church.

Who leads Life Groups?   Primarily Faith Church members that have been approved and tested by Faith Elders.

               Faith Church currently has 10 Life Groups meeting          Contact the church office and we’ll help you CONNECT to a group that will best fit you. Meeting on Sundays . . .

  • The Mock Group (leaders, Rob & Stephanie Mock) 4:00-5:30pm in their home
  • The Fields Group (leaders, Jeff & Anna Fields) — 5:30-7:00 here at church.

Tuesdays . . .

  • The Women of the Word Group (leader, ) — This is a ladies only group, 9:30-11:00am here at Faith

Wednesdays . . .

  • The Reaves Group (leaders, Rob & Rebecca Reaves) — 6:30-8:00pm here at Faith
  • The  Group (leaders, ) — 6:30-8:00pm in John & Susan Striebich’s home
  • The Robinson Group (leaders, Mark & Sharon Robinson) — 6:30-8:00 in their home

Thursdays . . .

  • The Franklin Group (leaders, Bo & Teri Franklin) — 6:30-8:00 in their home
  • The Goodwin Group (leaders, Adam & Sarah Goodwin) — 6:30-8:00 in Darren & Amber Devore’s home

Fridays . . .

  • The Tomlinson Group (leaders, Jeff & Misty Tomlinson) — 6:30-8:00 in their home

Saturdays . . .

  • The Riggle Group (leader, Sue Riggle)  — This is a ladies only group, 10-11:30am, meets in Wanda Dillon’s home



SIX Indicators that the mission of “Growing the Saved to Reach the Lost” is being accomplished by Faith Church members:

  1. Members individually read and study the Bible daily
  2. Members attend regular worship and fellowship opportunities
  3. Members are engaged in some type of small group Bible study
  4. Members are sharing their faith and living their faith
  5. Members are generous with their giving
  6. Members are involved in ministry and mission


Why do so many Christians suffer from spiritual immaturity their whole lives?

Having come to know Jesus, they never really study to grow in their faith.  The Scripture that could grow them up, draw them close to the church, and propel them out of God’s mission simply sits as an idle companion to their boring religious life.  They have decided that Bible study is too tedious.  By ignoring it, they ignore their own growth. 

We’ve all had seasons like it.  But when we do, temptation more easily turns to sinful action.  Cynicism about other believers creeps in because our discernment is gone.  Passiveness about God’s mission becomes our natural posture.  When we do not allow God to speak His powerful truth through His Word, spiritual apathy and sin become the habit.  Regularly engaging the Word produces a habitual holiness fueled by God’s truth and grace.        Philip Nation, Habits of Our Holiness

The Epidemic of Bible Illiteracy in Our Churches

Small groups are key to studying and understanding Scripture. (by Ed Stetzer) When was the last time you read a book? For almost 1 in 4 of us, it was more than a year ago, according to Pew Research. That’s three times the number who didn’t read a book in 1978. In America, we have a literacy problem. But more concerning to me, we have a biblical literacy problem. Americans, including churchgoers, aren’t reading much of any book, including the Good Book.

The Sad Statistics Christians claim to believe the Bible is God’s Word. We claim it’s God’s divinely inspired, inerrant message to us. Yet despite this, we aren’t reading it. A recent LifeWay Research study found only 45 percent of those who regularly attend church read the Bible more than once a week. Over 40 percent of the people attending read their Bible occasionally, maybe once or twice a month. Almost 1 in 5 churchgoers say they never read the Bible—essentially the same number who read it every day. Because we don’t read God’s Word, it follows that we don’t know it. To understand the effects, we can look to statistics of another Western country: the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom Bible Society surveyed British children and found many could not identify common Bible stories. When given a list of stories, almost 1 in 3 didn’t choose the Nativity as part of the Bible and over half (59 percent) didn’t know that Jonah being swallowed by the great fish is in the Bible. British parents didn’t do much better. Around 30 percent of parents don’t know Adam and Eve, David and Goliath, or the Good Samaritan are in the Bible. To make matters worse, 27 percent think Superman is or might be a biblical story. More than 1 in 3 believes the same about Harry Potter. And more than half (54 percent) believe The Hunger Games is or might be a story from the Bible. But it’s more than simply not knowing stories from Scripture. Our lack of biblical literacy has led to a lack of biblical doctrine. LifeWay Research found that while 67 percent of Americans believe heaven is a real place, 45 percent believe there are many ways to get there—including 1 in 5 evangelical Christians. More than half of evangelicals (59 percent) believe the Holy Spirit is a force and not a personal being—in contrast to the orthodox biblical teaching of the Trinity being three Persons in one God. As a whole, Americans, including many Christians, hold unbiblical views on hell, sin, salvation, Jesus, humanity, and the Bible itself. There is little excuse for anyone living in Western Civilization, particularly Christians, to not know or read the Bible. Nine out of ten American homes have at least one Bible. The average American—Christian or not—owns at least three Bibles. And technology has put Bibles at our fingertips wherever we are—you can download the Bible for free on your smartphone. In contrast, most Christians desire to become more mature followers of Christ. LifeWay Research found 90 percent of churchgoers “desire to please and honor Jesus in all I do.” Almost 60 percent agree with the statement, “Throughout the day, I find myself thinking about biblical truths.” It’s striking that while most of us desire to please Jesus, few of us take the time to check the Bible to find out if we are actually doing it. Clearly, there’s a disconnect. How to Combat this Negative Trend So how do we get people to pull the Bible off their bookshelves and put it into their lives? The research we’ve done indicates that several factors lead to a higher likelihood of someone engaging the Bible. In this case, we mean they will allow God, through his Word, to lead and change their life. Here are the eight predictors of biblical engagement:

  1. Confessing sins and wrongdoings to God and asking for forgiveness
  2. Following Jesus Christ for years
  3. Being willing to obey God, no matter the cost
  4. Praying for the spiritual status of unbelievers
  5. Reading a book about increasing spiritual growth
  6. Being discipled or mentored one-on-one by a more spiritually mature Christian
  7. Memorizing Bible verses
  8. Attending a small group focused on Bible study

  Small groups are key to combating and changing the epidemic of biblical illiteracy. Our research shows that as Christians increase their participation in small groups, their Bible engagement scores go up. As part of the research for Transformational Groups, which I coauthored with Eric Geiger, we surveyed regular group attenders and non-group attenders about their daily spiritual lives—specifically the time they spend outside of church and church-related activities. We found that group attenders were much more likely than non-group members to read their Bible regularly—67 percent compared to only 27 percent. Being involved in a small group made it more than twice as likely a Christian would be regularly reading God’s Word. On top of that, we found involvement in small groups made Christians more likely to pray for others and confess sins to God—both of which are predictors of biblical engagement. It’s no wonder we concluded quite simply: groups matter. For growth to occur in the church, people groups must continuously grow and multiply. As we wrote in the book, “God has supernaturally ordained community to sanctify his people to grow in Christ. A call to discipleship and spiritual maturity is a call to biblical community.” It doesn’t matter what you call small groups within your church community—life groups, Sunday school, discipleship classes, Bible study fellowships—the importance of them remains the same. IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO MAKE DISCIPLES APART FROM COMMUNITY. Groups might not be the only place transformation happens, but I’m convinced they’re the primary place. Most pastors agree groups are important to the life of their church, but there’s a disconnect between the stated importance and the reality of what’s happening in most churches. Our research found 92 percent of Protestant pastors believe their people are making significant progress in their spiritual development, but more than half (56 percent) admit they don’t regularly assess their personal growth. In addition, less than half (42 percent) say their churches have a “well-defined” approach to group ministry. Without a clear plan for small groups, your congregation is missing out on God’s tool for transformation and growth.  Transformational Groups While a wide variety of group settings can work, there are particular aspects that lead to life change. Here are four important facets of small groups:

  1. Connect: Small groups connect people in relationships. According to William Hendricks in Exit Interviews, one common reason given by people who leave churches is a failure to connect in relationship. In addition, LifeWay Research found 1 in 5 young adults who left church said they did not feel connected to the people at their church. Small groups must provide a comfortable environment for people to connect.
  1. Reproduce: In human growth, multiplication allows a cell to become multiple cells, which allows change and growth to occur. Similarly, for growth to occur in the church, people groups must continuously grow and multiply. Small groups must multiply and reproduce so more and more people can experience one.
  1. Assimilate: Small groups assimilate members to ministry through service. As people in small groups grow in relationship together, they will readily serve alongside others and integrate into ministry opportunities. Whether the small group serves together or helps group members find ways to serve on their own, small groups should launch people into ministry in and outside the church.
  1. Transform: Small groups allow individuals to experience faster and deeper personal transformation through authentic community. With a focus on Bible study and applying God’s truth to life, small groups help group members experience real life change. For seekers, small groups provide a safe setting to ask questions in a community of people who also wrestle and struggle. They also provide a safe place for Christians to wrestle with faith issues and apply God’s Word.

  Small groups with these four characteristics connect people in genuine relationships in an environment where the Bible is taught, discussed, valued, and practiced. Having people in a large church gathering is great, but having them also involved in an intimate group setting is better. We must move people beyond merely sitting in rows in pews to sitting in circles in groups. It’s there that people mature in their faith as they respect, appreciate, and hear those in community alongside them. Biblical illiteracy is best combated in those small group circles—whether they meet on Sunday morning in a church classroom or Tuesday night in a living room. Through groups, people are inspired to read the Bible more, not necessarily because it’s an expected duty, but because they know the joy that comes from connecting personally with God through his Word. Groups matter—especially when it comes to how well we read, know, and live the Bible.  

Recurring Small Groups at Faith Church