Why Groups?

God designed each of us with an innate desire for authentic community in our lives. Simply put, we believe that life is “better together”. This is what drives us to connect with others through teams, clubs, churches and even social networking. At Cross Timbers, we hold the value of community so highly, we made it one of our core values; Family. The best way to find community within our family is to join a Small Group. Small groups help us achieve our mission:

 

Creating environments where broken people experience life change through Jesus Christ.

 

It’s our heart that everyone at Cross Timbers would find ways to connect in a group of CT Family Members and understand what it means to be fully known and fully loved. We believe that CT Groups is the way in which this happens. 

What is a Small Group?

It is an intentional gathering of people who meet outside of the weekly worship service, for the purpose of growing in faith and doing life together.

Where and when do small groups meet?

Small groups meet in lots of different places, it’s really up to the group leader and members on meeting locations, days and times. However, small groups do not meet at the church. To help carry out the vision of the church small groups should happen in the community; homes and neighborhoods; coffee shops; essentially out in the community where life is already happening. We want small groups to multiply and not be bound by the physical space limitations and meeting days and times of the church. Therefore, removing obstacles for people to connect with one another and the community around them.

What is the size of a small group?

The size of a group can vary, but ideally, we recommend keeping groups to about 12-15 members.

Who leads a small group?

Groups are led by trained volunteers who facilitate discussion designed around a book, bible study or message series topic.

Note: If you’re interested in becoming a Small Group Leader complete the Find My Fit.

What do small groups do when they meet?

Small groups are about doing life together. That can look different from group to group. Typically, groups meet around common interests and life stage, as well as serve in the church and the community together.

Study options:

  • On-line resource: RightNow Media is a “Netflix” style resource for book and bible studies (contact your campus Connections Pastor for access)
  • Group Leader choice: In collaboration with our campus Connections Pastor Group Leaders can choose a study option for their group
  • Twice a year (Spring & Fall), we ask all groups to participate in a Church-wide study that aligns with a teaching series

Note: The duration of a study should be between 4 to 6 weeks.

Is there childcare at the church for small groups?

No, we do not have a childcare offering at the church for small groups. However, we do offer a reimbursement process to small group participants to assist in off-setting any expenses incurred for childcare while attending a small group.


What is a mid-size group?

It is an intentional gathering of people, specifically designed to help them engage into a community of people who are either new to the church or new to a group environment. The mid-size offering allows participants to get to know others within the church before they move into a home or off church campus opportunities. Many small groups begin within a mid-size group offering. In fact, that is our hope that when someone joins a mid-size group they’ll form intentional relationships which will become small groups.

Where and when do mid-size groups meet?

Mid-size groups meet at the church. Meeting days and times vary by church campus. Contact your campus Connections Pastor for day and time offerings.

Argyle:            josiaha@crosstimberschurch.org or jamiem@crostimberschurch.org

Denton:           michelec@crosstimberschurch.org

Lake Cities:     shannonr@crosstimberschurch.org

What is the size of a mid-size group?

The size of a mid-size group varies between 20 and up to 50 participants. However, in the mid-size group environment participants gather in smaller groups of 6 to 8 with a table host/leader and a mid-size group facilitator. This allows participants to engage into a group environment that may feel less intimidating, but at the same time providing an opportunity to develop intentional relationships within their smaller table group.

Who leads a mid-size group?

Mid-size groups are led by trained volunteers who facilitate discussion designed around a book, bible study or message series topic. Mid-size groups are also a great way to develop potential new small group leaders. Hosting or being a table leader is good way to develop as a leader.

Note: If you’re interested in becoming a mid-size Group Leader complete the “Find My Fit” assessment at: https://ctcc.wufoo.com/forms/find-my-fit 

What do mid-size groups do when they meet?

Mid-size groups are about joining others who want to find a smaller group of people to begin doing life together.

Study options:

  • On-line resource: RightNow Media is a “Netflix” style resource for book and bible studies
  • Group Leader choice: In collaboration with our campus Connections Pastor Group Leaders can choose a study option for their group
  • Twice a year (Spring & Fall), we ask all groups to participate in a Church-wide study that aligns with a teaching series

Note: The duration of a study should be between 4 to 6 weeks.

Is there childcare at the church for mid-size groups?

Yes, we do have a childcare offering at the church for mid-size group participants. CT Kids Club is available for ages newborn to 5th grade. It is an opportunity for your kids to come and learn more about Jesus while you’re attending group. Registration is required for the to use CT Kids Club at:

 

How Do I Join A Group?

It’s true no two groups are alike, each group has its own unique personality. Our goal is to help you find the group that’s right for you. We have a team of staff members, waiting to help you find the perfect group. To get started all you need to do is have a brief conversation with the Connections Pastor at your campus. Click the button below to get the process started online. Our team can guide you to the best available group. We also offer a variety of “connection” events throughout the year that are designed to help folks connect with each other while forming new groups.