Adult Small Groups

Here at GSPC we define each Group in the Grip of GRACE as a small, relationally connected group in which lives strive to become more Christ-like. By developing the "habits of discipleship": Bible study, giving, and sharing in member care, we become more mature Christians.

G - God's Word
R - Relational
A - Apprenticeship
C - Christ-likeness
E - Empty Chair


Values: God's Word: Spiritual growth and attempts to become more like Jesus begin when we open our Bibles and fill our lives with God's Word. By making the Bible the authoritative standard for the group and by becoming "doers" of the Word, we implement God's principles in our lives. (2 Timothy 3:16, James 1:25)

Relationship: Small groups increase the opportunity to develop a closeness, support system, and mutual care like that of extended families. They provide a safe atmosphere for continuing emotional and spiritual connection, which can serve to fuel individual mission in Christ's name. (Galatians 6:2, Proverbs 27:17)

Apprenticeship: The next generation of leaders is developed by: identifying, mentoring, and providing leadership training. Leaders model the ministry of the GRACE groups. (2 Timothy 2:2, 1 Corinthians 11:1)

Christ-likeness: Small groups help individuals to become disciples by growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. There, they learn to follow His example through understanding that the quality and strength of one's love for others comes from the One who first loved us. (Ephesians 4:12-13, John 17:3)

Empty Chair: GRACE groups at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church are committed to the development of more small groups. The empty chair at each meeting reminds us that there is someone who needs to belong to a group that extends GRACE, whether that person comes from within GSPC or from the surrounding community. Each time the empty chair is filled, it is replaced with a new one. (John 17:21, Matthew 4:19)