You don't need to have it all together

You don’t need to have it all together or have everything figured out to start a group.  You just need to be willing! The best way to find a group is to start one that works for you! A group can start with just a few people. You have the chance to guide discussions and activities that align with your passions and interests. The possibilities are endless, whether it’s a book club, Bible study, or hiking group.


Starting A Group Is Simple

Small groups create a space for people to intentionally make friends, follow Jesus, and make a difference. A small group leader determines how often their group meets and what the focus of the group is. Small groups gather in homes, coffee shops, and other places where people love to connect—including online. 

It’s easy to start a new group—and we’re with you every step of the way. We’ll provide all the resources you’ll need including tips, training, and coaching. We believe God uses small groups to change people’s lives, and as a leader, you get to be a part of that!

Let’s talk about starting a small group. Tell us a bit about yourself.

Still not sure? Let’s meet to discuss your ideas and questions.

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Hear from other Eastsiders why they decided to start a small group.

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Eric & Kendra

It’s true… leading a small group takes some work, but it’s totally worth it. As we discovered, not finding the right small group is sometimes just the nudge you need to realize it’s time to start a group when....



After the hike they were eating breakfast, They noticed a woman alone and struck up a conversation. When the woman said she'd been lonely, they invited her to join their hiking group and to visit Eastside. They prayed for her, and she went on her way then.....

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kylie & colin

Life is full of challenges, and it's easy to feel isolated when going through tough times. In our small group, we discovered a safe space where we can be vulnerable and share our struggles without judgment. It is amazing to experience....

small group leader resources

Click HERE for resources and to learn more about options for your group.

5-week Small Group Leader Training:

  • Making People Feel Welcome, Wanted + Home
  • Ask Good Questions
  • How To Manage A Small Group
  • Pastoring the People God Entrusts You With
  • Identify and Equip Emerging Leaders

Email to sign up for the next Small Group Leader Training session.

Small Group Leadership Huddles with guest speakers and a chance to brainstorm with other leaders. These huddles are offered 2-3 times a year. 

Every new leader is connected to a Coach who provides support, prayer, encouragement and care.

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