What Do You Call Your Small Groups?

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What do you call what your small groups?  There are a number of very common names:

  • Small Groups
  • Life Groups
  • Growth Groups
  • Cell Groups
  • Community Groups
  • Bible Studies
  • _____________

What do you call your groups? How about taking a moment and give me some feedback? Use the comment section and jump in!

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  1. Mark Wofford on June 1, 2009 at 6:22 am

    We use a hybrid, some Bible studies, some community groups, some affinity groups, and some life groups

  2. Bryan Gratton on June 1, 2009 at 6:58 am

    Journey Groups

  3. Ben Reed on June 1, 2009 at 7:25 am

    We call ours community groups. I love connecting the name of our small groups ministry with what we’re all about, developing community within and making an impact on our local community without.

  4. Linda Anderson on June 1, 2009 at 8:21 am

    Our traditional,group gatherings of 12+/- people are called Small Groups.
    Midweek Bible studies fall under the Small Group category.

    Our “Doing Life Together” brochure lists two other categories, Christian Life Groups; that includes prayer groups and Sunday classes and Community Groups. That designation includes Alpha, Divorce Care, Grief Share, the exercise classes, Mom’s group, etc.

  5. Ken Alvis on June 1, 2009 at 8:54 am

    Community Groups!

  6. David Burckhardt on June 1, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Bible Fellowship Groups. We are using BFG for both Sunday School and Home Groups as we gradually merge the two organizations.

  7. Melissa Salomon on June 1, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    small groups…..but would like a better name……none from the list above really grab me.

  8. Augustine on June 1, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    cell groups

  9. Cliff on June 2, 2009 at 2:47 am

    WE call our small groups Link Groups. It carries the idea of a chain being linked together. So if you’re in a Link Group you are considered to be linked to the vision of the church.

  10. Randy Boschee on June 2, 2009 at 5:34 am

    Connect Groups

  11. Debbi Purvis on June 2, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Life Groups

  12. PW Bargstadt on June 2, 2009 at 10:18 am

    Small Groups

  13. Mark Howell on June 2, 2009 at 10:41 am

    This is great! Thanks everybody for jumping into the discussion!


  14. eamon on June 2, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    My church uses the word KINSHIP to describe its home groups. It is a vineyard church based in Bourenmouth UK which has a Canadian as lead pastor. As long as people feel part of the group the name is imaterial unless as a christian group yopu call yourself sons of satan! which may cause a problem> Lol.

  15. Jeff on June 3, 2009 at 8:08 am

    F3 Groups which is a reminder of our church-wide mission to produce a multiplying movement of fully functioning followers of Jesus Christ.

  16. Mark Howell on June 3, 2009 at 8:10 am

    F3! I love it! Thanks Jeff!

  17. Mark Howell on June 3, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    This is great everybody! Thanks for joining the discussion!


  18. Mike on June 3, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Life Groups. We also use the tagline: “Because life is better in community,” a play on our name (Community Church of Hendersonville). We also use the phrase: “Real people doing real life together!” These aren’t original, but they work for us.

  19. Mark Howell on June 3, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    I like it! We call ours “Life Groups” also, but I like the tagline! Thanks for commenting!


  20. Pam Plotner on June 4, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    At Living Hope Church in Vancouver, Wa. we have Lifegroups and Lifeclubs. Lifegroups are typical small groups and Lifeclubs are activity driven such as Quilting, Motorcycles etc.

  21. Mark Howell on June 5, 2009 at 5:58 am

    I like the twist! Thanks Pam!

  22. edrowell on February 20, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Base Camps. We live in the mountains.

  23. Anonymous on February 20, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    What a great name, Ed! Thanks for jumping in here!


  24. Barb Layman on January 12, 2016 at 9:07 am

    If all small groups within your church fellowship are refered to as ‘small groups’ how do you differentiate one from another?

  25. markchowell on January 12, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Not sure I understand your question, Barb. For us, small groups is the category and when we are referring to an individual group we use the leader’s name. What are you asking?

  26. Barb Layman on January 12, 2016 at 9:21 am

    Okay, I understand what you’re saying, Mark – it’s the leader’s name that separates one small group from another- as in Barb’s Small Group or Mark’s Small Group. Thanks.

  27. Barb Layman on January 12, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Our pastor refers to us a ‘covenant friend group’ and I’ve been toying with the idea of actually naming us – ‘The Pact’ for example – pact/covenant. you get the idea.

  28. markchowell on January 12, 2016 at 11:01 am

    That’s right. We’ve actually just changed from “small groups” to “life groups” thinking that it’s a better descriptive name in terms of what happens within our groups.