HCC Small Groups
On Campus Sunday Small Groups
The heartbeat of our church can be heard in our Sunday Small Groups. Committed Group Leaders provide teaching for all ages every Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. There are friendly people in Welcome Centers to offer assistance in finding just the right place for you and your family.
We urge all our members to belong to a Sunday Small Group as a part of their spiritual growth. We invite you to visit our classes and find one in which you feel comfortable for your spiritual growth.
Off-Campus Small Groups
At Heights Community Church, we believe faith development occurs better in circles rather than rows. Small groups offer participants the opportunity to learn from one another, be exposed to some of today’s best Christian writers and speakers, and grow in the Lord. Limited to no more than sixteen participants, most groups meet in a member’s home for six to eight week-long studies. By offering short-term group studies, one can commit to a convenient but intensive discipleship experience that will be rewarded by having deeper connections with others in the congregation and a better understanding of Scripture and its application to daily life. By being in a home, the relaxed and enjoyable setting enhances the discussion and enjoyment of the group.
At HCC, we offer four periods of small group experiences – fall, winter, spring and summer. Small groups are promoted in advance and allow for ample time to sign-up and be a part of what many consider one of the best ministries at HCC.
If you have never participated in an off-campus small group, try one! If small groups are a consistent part of your faith journey, then welcome others to experience one with you.
Listed below are the small groups – past, current, and coming soon – that will give you a flavor of the breadth of our offerings.
The Women's Small Group studied "Quest: An Excursion Toward Intimacy with God" by Beth Moore. This was a 6 week study that looked into Scripture to explore how God created us to seek after Him-a God who desires to be found and known. In this lifelong quest of faith, learn to develop your intimacy with Him and embrace the adventure that comes with living a life for God.
The Men's Small Group studied "Why In the World" by Andy Stanley. This was a 4-week study that took a closer look at one of the unique things Christians believe: God became one of us. Why in the world would God do that? Why would God leave the comfort and recognition of heaven to live on this ball of dirt in a time before morphine and indoor plumbing when the conditions barely paralleld the worst of modern day conditions? We think we know why He died. But what compelled Him to live as one of us?
The Women's Small Group studied "Me, Myself, and Lies: A Thought Closet Makeover" by Jennifer Rothschild. Me, Myself, and Lies is a video-driven women's Bible study that encourages us to clean out the junk in our minds and replace hidden negative thoughts with positive truths from God's word. Words are powerful, especially the words women speak to themselves. All too often, what we say to ourselves when we lie in bed at night or look in the mirror in the morning is not even close to the words God wants us to speak to our souls. According to Rothschild, what we think about often has a ripple effect on nearly every area of our lives.
The Men's Small Group, both the morning session and evening session, studied "Glory Days" by Max Lucado. Life has a way of taking the life out of us. Often we go through situations where the challenge seems so much greater than our strength. During such times, we can find hope and inspiration from the story of Joshua. God had called Joshua to take over from Moses and lead the Israelites into a paradigm shift from wilderness wandering to promise-believing. In Canaan, they would not fight for victory but fight from victory. God had a Promised Land in store for them, but they had to grasp that reality, change their mindsets, and take action to receive it. The same is true for us today. God is telling us that our best days—our “glory days”—are still ahead of us. We only need to grasp that truth and live in faith to realize this promise.
Jesus Continued (women) This women’s small group will start in mid-June and run for 8 weeks. Based on J.D. Greear and Trevin Wax’s work of the same title, this study explores the role of the Holy Spirit in one’s life. The subtitle says it all: “Why the Spirit inside you is better than Jesus beside you.” The group will explore the various promises Jesus made about the Holy Spirit and how those promises impact one’s life and faith through discerning how the Spirit speaks to us, how we experience the Spirit’s power, and how to follow the Spirit when we don’t “hear” anything.
Horizontal Jesus (men) Subtitled “How Our Relationships with Others Affect Our Experience with God,” Dr. Tony Evans’ six-session study is based on Biblical truths that demonstrate how our heart toward others impacts our intimacy with God. We’re the body of Christ – the hands and feet of Jesus in our world. So God cares about the way we treat people. Evans’ powerful teaching examines several one-another teachings of Scripture to show we reap more of God’s blessings when we extend those blessings to others.
Uninvited (Women) In Uninvited, Lysa TerKeurst shares her own deeply personal experiences with rejection from the incredibly painful childhood abandonment by her father to the perceived judgment of the perfectly toned woman one elliptical over. With biblical depth, gut-honest vulnerability, and refreshing wit, TerKeurst's Uninvited helps participants to release the desire to fall apart or control the actions of others by embracing God-honoring ways to process their hurt; know exactly what to pray for the next ten days to steady their soul and restore their confidence; overcome the two core fears that feed our insecurities by understanding the secret of belonging; stop feeling left out and start believing that "set apart" does not mean "set aside;” and end the cycle of perceived rejection by refusing to turn a small incident into a full blown issue.
“Jesus, Continued…” This men’s small group will start in mid-January and run for 8 weeks. The facilitator will be Dave Burke. Based on J.D. Greear and Trevin Wax’s work of the same title, this study explores the role of the Holy Spirit in one’s life. The subtitle says it all: “Why the Spirit inside you is better than Jesus beside you.” The group will explore the various promises Jesus made about the Holy Spirit and how those promises impact one’s life and faith through discerning how the Spirit speaks to us, how we experience the Spirit’s power, and how to follow the Spirit when we don’t “hear” anything.
“Entrusted: A Study of 2 Timothy” Best-selling author Beth Moore’s new work will be the basis for our winter women’s small group. This six-session study will examine 2 Timothy and our obligation to guard the gift entrusted to us…the gospel! Through witnessing to others and mentoring women new to the faith, women will learn how to continue in ministry through hardships and staying the course in a life of faithfulness.
Past: Fall 2016
“The 7 Rings of Marriage” A small group experience designed for couples, “The 7 Rings of Marriage” takes couples from the engagement ring to years after the wedding ring, as every season of marriage requires renewed commitment, fresh perspective, and practical biblical wisdom. Each of the seven rings teaches couples to keep the end in mind, ultimately leading to a meaningful and fulfilling relationship.
“Jesus > Religion” Our women’s small group for the fall is Jefferson Berthke’s “Jesus > Religion.” This women’s small group study will help participants to abandon dead, dry rule-keeping and embrace the promise of being truly known and deeply loved. The study unpacks and highlights the difference between teeth gritting and grace, law and love, performance and peace, despair and hope. The six-session experience is based upon Jefferson Bethke’s work by the same title, subtitled “Why He is so much better than trying harder, doing more, and being good enough.”
Past: Summer 2016
“Lord, Teach Me to Pray” Well-known Bible teacher and conference speaker Kay Arthur’s study helps believers focus on the Lord’s Prayer as they learn how to pray according to God’s will and purpose. Each week of this five-session women’s small group series features a prayer tip to help participants sharpen prayer skills.
“Jesus > Religion” This men’s small group study will help participants to abandon dead, dry rule-keeping and embrace the promise of being truly known and deeply loved. The study unpacks and highlights the difference between teeth gritting and grace, law and love, performance and peace, despair and hope. The six-session experience is based upon Jefferson Bethke’s work by the same title, subtitled “Why He is so much better than trying harder, doing more, and being good enough.”
Past: Spring 2016
“Gideon: Your Weaknesses, God’s Strength” This seven-session small group for women is based on Priscilla Shirer’s “Gideon”…”Gideon’s story is so much bigger than the story about the fleece. This is a story about God and His people,” writes the author. This small group experience encourages women to recognize personal weakness as the key that the Lord gives to them to unlock the full experience of His strength.