Definition and Purpose
Covenant Groups are small intentional communities in our congregation in which participants find support, encouragement and spiritual friendship. Each group has a facilitator who primarily works to create a hospitable space to form meaningful relationships through dialogue, study and prayer. The groups provide a place where questions and doubts can be raised in an environment of acceptance and trust, where experiences and insights can be shared, and where the work of discerning God’s call is shared.
Covenant Groups kick back into gear this fall! If you are looking for a new group, you are encouraged to attend Alpha on Wednesday nights, starting Sept. 6. To be placed in an Alpha group, sign up and request to be placed with a buddy if applicable. Once Alpha concludes, we hope that any newly formed groups continue to meet.
We have a few existing groups with room for growth. These include:
Ladies’ Noon Friday Group
Meets Fridays at noon, weekly, at Covenant, FE 104.
Contact Adriana Porras at Adriana.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Theology on Tap (brand new group!)
Young adults meet and discuss theological questions.
Meets Thursdays, from 5–7 p.m. at various restaurants.
September 7, 14, 21: Tigress Pub, 100 North Loop Blvd
Text Kate Murphy at (281) 433-3700.
Couples’ Small Group
Meets Tuesday nights.
Contact Marty Swanger at email@example.com.
Women’s Small Group
Meets 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 6–7 p.m. at The Factory Cafe.
Contact Ann Atkinson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Intergenerational Small Group
Men and women meet Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Covenant. (This group will participate in Alpha together this fall.)
Contact Jack Kern at email@example.com
If you would like to form your own Covenant Group that meets at the time and place of your choosing, email Kathryn Sedberry: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The word Christians use to talk about God’s relationship with us is “covenant.” The covenant that God made with Israel, which is fulfilled in Jesus Christ, is grounded in God’s faithful promise to be in relationship with us despite our brokenness. We might say the covenant is the context in which we are invited to be in authentic relationship to God and to others. Covenant Groups exist to cultivate authentic, deep relationships characterized by vulnerability, interdependence, and wholeheartedness.
Vulnerability: We don’t wear masks. We let ourselves be seen by God and others. By being vulnerable with one another before God, we allow for God’s Spirit to transform us.
Interdependence: We recognize that we are not individuals but persons in need of community. Our identities are strengthened by learning to belong to each other.
Wholeheartedness: We seek to lead integrated rather than divided lives together.
Sermon Discussion Guide
See an archive of sermon discussion guides here.
Covenant Groups Resources
Covenant Groups FAQ
TIP: We have discovered groups meeting outside of the walls of the church develop community and intimacy more quickly. We also encourage groups to meet regularly (every week or every other week).
TIP: Think about regularly involving your children in the life of your community. Plan a Saturday service project or a social gathering that will include children.