Relationships sit at the core of our human existence. God's intent is that life is lived out through community. In our LIFE GROUPS you will find opportunity for both relational connection and for spiritual formation. We believe that the best ways to establish authentic relationships is in a Small Group meeting in a home or at a coffee shop, With the Bible as our centerpiece, we engage in spiritual dialogue and discussion, looking for ways to care for one another, grow in our faith, serve others, and reach out beyond our walls.
CROSSROADS provides small groups of 10 to 20 adults that meet regularly in homes and apartments, and coffee shops cross the Pensacola Area. To find a LIFE GROUP near you look at the list of small groups on this website. For more information on small groups, or if you feel God calling you to lead a small group contact Mallory McArthur at 850.475.1157 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Led by: Bud & Pam Hinote
Topic: Discussing Pastor's sermons
Location: Craft Room 3104 in ROC
Led by: Ava Sturgeon
Contact: Ava at 850.261.5307
Location: Ava Sturgeon's home at 3632 Laurel Lee Blvd, Pace
Led by: Walt Magaha, Alvin Saulsberry & Tony Pino
Name: Mighty Men
Contact: Walt at 850.261.9303
Location: Chapel at Olive Baptist Church
Led by: Miriah Brown
Contact: Miriah at 850.723.7369
Location: Miriah Brown's home at 7522 Southpointe Place, Pensacola
Led by: Mike Lawlis & Cody Goolsby
Topic: Evangelism & Discipleship
Contact: Cody at 850.607.0027
Location: Mike's house
Every small group has its own personality, but some common elements happen in most group meetings. Groups typically spend some time just hanging out and getting to know each other. For example, some will have snacks as a part of their weekly group time. Along with casual hangout time, groups also do a study together. Some groups focus strictly on book studies of the Bible, while others rotate through topical studies. Prayer is also a key element to typical group meetings. Many people find that praying in groups is their favorite part of group life. A typical group meeting lasts 1 or 2 hours.
“They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”– Acts 2:42-47
We have groups based on gender - guys with guys and ladies with ladies. With gender-based groups, the authenticity and accountability level is higher than in mixed groups. The reality is that if a woman is present, a guy will always put his best face forward. We consider small groups a safe place to share life and be held accountable to God's call. There are plenty of opportunities to build relationships with the opposite sex throughout our CROSSROADS ministry, but a small group is not one of them.
“We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.”– 1 Thessalonians 2:8
Each group picks their own curriculum to study with the help of their Life Group Leader (LGL). We suggest starting with the Serendipity House Adult studies. These cover books of the Bible and specific struggles.
Our groups generally meet on Sunday or Thursday evenings. They will meet at a consistent location in the home of a designated area.
All groups meet up once a week every month. However, every 3rd Sunday night we meet up at Olive Baptist Church to do a community outreach project.
To get involved in a small group through CROSSROADS, simply stop by our College and Young Single Adult Office or contact Mallory McArthur at 850.475.1157 or email@example.com.