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Thank you for your interest in leading a group! Here at Petra, we believe in the power of community and the impact it has on spiritual growth. Our goal is to foster authentic relationships by connecting people who will grow together in faith and service. We want to empower you to lead well, and we hope this page is helpful in answering questions you may have about what it looks like to lead a group in our Petra Community! You can find a video from Groups Pastor Matt Kauffman explaining what group leadership looks like, as well as find answers to the most frequently asked questions. If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, please feel free to reach out to Matt. His contact information can be found at the bottom of this page. We look forward to seeing what God has in store for you!

Frequently Asked Questions
What happens in discussion groups?

Discussion groups typically meet weekly or biweekly in homes, here at Petra, in coffee shops, or in lunchrooms. Each participant reads the material independently; then, the group comes together to share their life experiences, what they are learning, and how they can apply these truths to their lives. Groups are also encouraged to worship together, pray for each other, and read the Bible together.

What is the group leader's role?

A group leader does NOT have to know all the answers or be a “spiritual superstar.” A leader simply guides the group’s conversations. A Leader Guide is provided (example below) with discussion questions and resources to help the leader lead their group well. Additional content is also emailed weekly by Petra Small Groups Ministry to help make leading easy for anyone!

Click here to see a sample Guide from a previous study

Can I form a group with my friends?

YES! As a group leader, you get to decide who you invite, where you meet, and when your group gets together. We suggest you form your group with at least 2 other individuals who can connect and grow together through life and faith.

How do I start a group?

Step 1) Reach out to Groups Pastor Matt Kauffman at with answers to the following questions.

           WHEN do you want your group to meet? (Day and time)

           WHERE do you want to meet? How many people can fit in that space?

           WHO do you want to invite? (Provide names) We suggest 3-10 people per group.

Step 2) Start inviting friends to join your group!

Is my group open to the public?

Only if you want it to be! If you want to open your group to anyone interested in joining a group, please mention that when contacting Pastor Matt.

What is the next Churchwide Study?

Find all you need to know about our upcoming Churchwide Study here. 

Additional Help

We want to support you in successfully launching your “closed” or “open” discussion group. The week before the launch of the next Churchwide Series, we will hold a "Leader Launch" that we strongly encourage you to attend. At this launch, we will go over last-minute details, allow you to ask any other questions you may have, and give you the opportunity to meet other group leaders. (Lunch is provided) If you sign up to be a leader, you will get this information emailed to you. You can also find this information in our Petra News

If you have any other questions about Leading a Group, Groups Pastor Matt Kauffman would love to chat with you!
You can contact him at .


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