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The Impact of Connect Groups on a Local Congregation w/ Grant Forsyth

The Impact of Connect Groups on a Local Congregation w/ Grant Forsyth

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In this episode, Anthony Mullins, interviews Grant Forsyth – Pastor of Grace Communion Kenockee in the great state of Michigan. Together they discuss Connect Groups and how they function to support the Faith Avenue and the overall vision of Healthy Church.

“In order to grow our Faith, and our relationship with God, we really need to grow together with one another, in so many ways. I really think that Jesus’ command to love one another is a little difficult with a once a week gathering. It is so much easier to that love play out by gathering more often.”
– Grant Forsyth, GCI Pastor

Main Points:

  • In the big picture, why is connect group ministry important to the Faith Avenue of a local congregation? (7:03)
  • Your congregation has 4 groups running concurrently. What impact have these connect groups had on your congregational life? (9:30)
  • What is the role of the connect group facilitator? How did you go about preparing facilitators for their care of the group? (14:47)
  • What advice would you give to a pastor who may be a little skeptical about connect group ministry because they have tried it in the past or don’t see the value of having group interaction during the week? (23:59)



  • Apprentice Square – a leadership tool that provides a pathway for leaders to journey alongside team members to provide learning opportunities and support, while inexperienced leaders learn a new skill or take on an unfamiliar role.
  • Why Connect Groups? – environments for relationally-based discipleship (includes starter curriculum).
  • On Being Series – a four-part interactive connect group curriculum, designed for biblically-based, dynamic discussions around being a disciple.
  • We Believe– a comprehensive tool for teaching all age groups the core beliefs of our Christian faith.
  • The Basics for New Christians – a less comprehensive tool for teaching adults and older teens.


TO REGISTER and for updates on the 2021 VIRTUAL DENOMINATIONAL CELEBRATION visit gci.org/events/2021


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