“All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.” Acts 2:42 (NLT)

What Are Connect Groups?

We base our Connect Group Settings on the relational circles we see in the New Testament. Jesus formed a relational circle of 12 disciples in the Gospels (Luke 6:13). The church of Jerusalem in the Book of Acts met in relational circles from house-to-house (Acts 2:46). A typical Connect Group will be a gathering of 6-15 people. Most of our groups are “open” groups where first-time guests can be invited to any individual group session.

Connect Group Model

Biblical Teaching

Word-Centered study and discussion


Relational and interactive environment

Sharing In Meals

Snacks, Food, Breaking Bread and/or Meals


Seeking God and praying for each other

Connect Group Resources

Connect Groups use prepared studies that are selected from a pre-approved list of options to choose from.

Weekly studies can last anywhere from four weeks to twelve weeks. These studies happen during one of our three groups windows during the year (Fall, Winter and Summer). A typical group term varies from 8-12 weeks in length with 4-6 week planned breaks in between.

fall session

september 19 - december 12, 2021

All Connect Groups will use the Weekly Discussion Guide based on the Sunday Message (unless otherwise noted in the group description).

interested in hosting a group?


We believe everyone can participate in a group. With so many groups to choose from, we are confident there is a group that is a great fit for you (Connect Groups, Alpha Groups, Equip Groups, Mom’s Connect Groups, Youth Connect Groups, Men’s Connect Groups, Women’s Connect Groups, Young Adult Connect Groups, Singles Connect Groups, Time of Your Life Connect Groups, etc.). You can search groups by topic, location, day, and time in our printed and online Groups directory. Once you find a few groups that interest you, contact the hosts to learn more and make plans to check them out in person.

Browse our
Connect Group Finder

Let us help you
find a Connect Group


New Hosts can start groups during a churchwide campaign or grab a Connect Group in-a-box.

The Connect Group in-a-box includes a four-week starter study on “Redwood Faith.”

We believe anyone can
HOST a group if they can have

  • Heart for people
  • Open their home or space
  • Serve a few snacks
  • Turn on a video


Attend Growth Track

All Connect Group Hosts will need to take Growth Track in order to host a group (Hosts can attend simultaneously during campaigns).

Host A Group

In your Team Emmanuel Application, make sure to check you are interested in hosting a group so that we will get in contact with you


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