Circles are one-hour experiences where you can get together with old friends or make new ones. You can circle up around a hobby or activity, read the Bible and pray together, or even just discuss the weekend messages. Circles take place in backyards, living rooms, cafes and parks, made up of everyone from kids, to couples, to seniors.
We believe that real life change happens through great relationships. God created us to live in relationship with others and only then can we live the full life He intends for us! So find your circle, connect with some great people and allow God to move in your life.
You’ve probably seen a Circle meeting and not even realized it. A Circle looks like friends at lunch, teams playing basketball or people studying a book or topic of interest. At its core, a Circle is a small gathering of people, and it is less about what you do and more about who you do it with. By participating in small groups, you can expect to connect with others through a common activity, engage in life giving conversation and request prayer.
Our Circles meet for three semesters a year—winter/spring, summer and fall. During the semester, most groups meet weekly. Circles are meant to bring meaning and community into the flow of your life, so even if you can’t attend every meeting, there is still great value in joining a group.
Most Circles meet for a semester. This way, new people can join groups easily and regularly. Also, the semester format allows you to try multiple groups each year. As relationships form, some groups choose to stay together for consecutive semesters, but new members are always welcome.
The truth is, not everyone will find the best fit with the first group they try. This is why we encourage you to select a few groups that interest you, contact the leaders and try out a couple different groups before choosing the best one for you. The simple strategy to finding success in Circles is to not give up. We believe there is a group that is right for everyone—including you!