connect groups




Do you want to grow spiritually, but you're not sure what step to take? Want to make close Christian friends, but you're not sure how to start those friendships? Check out a Connect Group!


True life change happens best when we gather in circles, rather than in rows, because spiritual growth is not a DIY project. If you want to grow in your faith in Christ, we would love to help you find a group where you can thrive.


Connect Groups gather for a couple hours once a week in a home or at the church. The 6-12 people in the group hang out, discuss a video and some Scriptures, and pray for one another. If you have questions about Connect Groups, please check out the Connect Group FAQs below.


Our winter 2020 Connect Groups begin on January 26. You can sign up to join a Connect Group on January 12, 19, or 26 in the lobby at one of our Sunday services. You can also fill out the connect card, or click one of the buttons below to email Pastor Josh.


We also offer classes occasionally, such as Alpha and Financial Peace University. Keep an eye out for these classes--we will announce them on Sunday mornings, by email and on Facebook.

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find a connect group

We would love to help you find a Connect Group that's a good fit for you! Check out the list below to find a group that interests you and fits your schedule. Most of these groups meet at the church, but some of them meet in homes in our area. If you need childcare, there is one of the groups that provides childcare.

  • Sundays at 12:30

    New Stanton Church

    This Connect Group will be discussing a DVD study called "not a fan." by Kyle Idleman. This study is about living as followers of Jesus, not just fans of Jesus. The group is led by Chris & Doris Kostelansky and they meet on Sunday afternoons at the church at 12:30 p.m. Childcare is not provided.

  • Mondays at 6:30

    New Stanton Church

    This Connect Group will be discussing a DVD study called "Staying In Love" by Andy Stanley. The group is led by Tyler & Deidre Brewer and they meet on Monday nights at the church at 6:30 p.m. Childcare is provided, so this is a great group for parents of young kids.

  • Mondays at 6:30

    Men's group

    New Stanton Church

    This Connect Group for men will be discussing a DVD study called "Leading and Loving" by Bruce Wilkinson. The group is led by Matt Reagan and they meet on Monday nights at the church at 6:30 p.m. Childcare is not provided.

  • Tuesdays at 6:30

    new stanton church

    This Connect Group will be discussing a DVD study called "The New Testament You Never Knew" by N.T. Wright and Michael Bird. This study explores the context, purpose, and meaning of the story of God found in the New Testament. The group is led by Criss Crider and they meet on Tuesday nights at the church at 6:30 p.m. Childcare is not provided.

  • Tuesdays at 6:30

    adult Singles group

    New Stanton Church

    This Connect Group for single adults will be discussing a DVD study called "The Reason for God" by Tim Keller. This study discusses common objections to Christianity and what it means to believe in Christ in an age of skepticism. The group is led by Kristin O'Domes and they meet on Tuesday nights at the church at 6:30 p.m. Childcare is not provided.

  • Tuesdays at 6:30

    Mount Pleasant

    This Connect Group will be discussing a DVD study called "You're Not the Boss of Me" by Andy Stanley. This study is encourages Christians to control their emotions like guilt, anger, and fear, instead of being controlled by them. The group is led by Angie Smouse and they meet on Tuesday nights in Mount Pleasant at 6:30 p.m. Childcare is not provided.

  • Wednesdays at 6:30

    women's group

    New Stanton

    This Connect Group will be discussing a DVD study called "Love Like You've Never Been Hurt" by Jentezen Franklin. The group is led by Vicki Loucks and Tammy Davis and they meet on Wednesday nights in New Stanton at 6:30 p.m. Childcare is not provided.

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connect group faqs


What is a Connect Group?

A Connect Group is a small community of 6-12 people who meet together once a week to connect with friends, care for each other, and grow in their faith in Jesus. In a group, you will have the opportunity to share your life with fellow Christ-followers and take your walk with Jesus to the next level. We want everyone to be cultivating a greater faith in Him, and have a place to belong. We would love to welcome you into one of our Connect Groups!


When and where do Connect Groups meet?

Connect Groups meet throughout the week on various days, times, and locations. The group host and members decide on a regular time to meet.  There are many groups to choose from based on location and your personal schedule.


How do I get into a Connect Group?

You can also let us know that you are interested in a group using the Connect Group Interest Form, by filling out the Connect Card during a Sunday service, or at the Community Corner in the lobby during group sign ups in the fall, winter, and spring.


What if I attend a group once and it isn't a good fit?

It's ok! We can help you find a group that is a better fit for you.


Is there childcare available for the Connect Groups?

The childcare arrangement is different for every group. Most groups do not offer childcare, but there are a few that are designed for parents. One way that these groups might provide childcare is to pool their funds to pay for a baby sitter during their Connect Group.


Is there any cost to attend a Connect Group?

For most Connect Groups, there is no cost involved. A handful of groups may have a cost to pay for study materials or childcare.


What is the format for a Connect Group?

Every group is unique, but all of our groups spend some time catching up over refreshments, discussing their faith and the Scriptures, and praying together. The discussion usually is focused on a video teaching and the related Scriptures.


How long will the average Connect Group meeting last?

A typical Connect Group meeting usually lasts between 1.5 to 2 hours. However, meeting length is unique for each group. The group host will communicate the length of the meeting to their group.