To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by doing so you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
How can a church of thousands care for one another? Small groups, known as shepherd groups at Bethlehem, are the main way we support each other, grow in the Lord, and serve together. We urge everyone who considers Bethlehem home to get connected with a group.
Shepherd Groups at a Glance
- 6-12 people who gather in one another's homes
- meet at least twice a month
- led by skilled leaders who receive ongoing support
- balance worship, Bible study, sharing, prayer, and service
- offer accountability and instruction; encourage personal evangelism & outreach
- commit to developing new leaders and groups through apprenticeship
How Do I Get Involved in a Group?
- Search for a group that fits your schedule, demographic interest, and/or location with our Small Group Finder.
For Help Sorting Through Your Options
Become a Shepherd Group Leader
If you're interested in being trained as a new Shepherd Group Leader, we encourage you to first participate in a Shepherd Group to be trained and equiped. Upon the recomendation of your Shepherd Group leader we would then love for you to lead a group!
Our Small Groups Blog is devoted to providing ongoing inspiration, training, and resources for those caring for one another in small groups. Here we also highlight upcoming events, including shepherd meetings, leader training, and workshops.
Resources and Support for Shepherd Leaders
- We encourage all shepherd leaders to attend the monthly Shepherds Meeting at their campus (typically the 2nd Sundays of the month).
- talk and pray with campus elders
- gain encouragement and ongoing instruction from pastors or other leaders
- share ideas, prayer, and camaraderie with fellow shepherd leaders
- The Bethlehem Bookstore offers suggestions and discounts on resources for shepherd leaders. Contact the Bookstore (612-455-3440) for more details.
- Shepherd leaders, use the Small Group Tool to update your group roster, track attendance, communicate with your group, and respond to inquiries.