SMALL GROUP...your family in Beijing!

BIG churches are great places. They can offer excellent preaching, teaching, wonderful music, and a wide variety of programs. But it's also so easy to feel lost in a big church. Small Groups are designed to build relationships among a smaller community of believers, who become like family to one another. At BICF, we encourage you to get connected with a group who can become your family, your friends and prayer partners with whom you share your life.

What do we do in Small Groups?

LEARN from Bible study, discussion and personal sharing.
FELLOWSHIP with others both informally and planned social gatherings.
CARE for each other through prayer, encouragement, and in practical ways when needs arise.
GROW spiritually as you become an active part in the Body of Christ and begin reaching out to others.

 

People who gather in small groups of 6 to 16 people who provide love, support, friendship and spiritual strength. Members are from our church, as well as friends, neighbors, relatives and coworkers who are invited to join in the adventure. Small groups meet in any location such as homes, restaurants, coffee shops, businesses or anywhere that is convenient for the members. Not everything we do has to be long term or involve bible study.

We follow the free market small group model where we focus on the felt needs and interest of the people – Bible study groups, special interest groups(dancing, golfing), learning a new skill groups(card making), evangelism groups(Alpha), Doing Ministry As a Team groups(drama ministry team), couples group etc.

It is an informal and comfortable 1½-2 hours gathering at a member’s home. Most groups are guided through the study series using DVD programs, Bible study guides or personal sharing. It all depends on the maturity of the group.

Welcome – Connecting with each other
Worship – Connecting with God
Word – God addressing us (focus on application)
Work – Share, pray, plan for reaching out

It's easy. a) Go to the welcome counter at lobby after church service. The small group director or volunteers will give you a small group list and guide you to a Small group that is most suitable for you. b) Log on to our website - www.bicf.org and obtain the Small group lists. Select a group that looks promising, email the small group leader to learn more about the group and arrange to visit a group meeting. Please feel free to try more than one group. Surely, there is one for you!

 

Small groups are a wonderful way to meet new friends and to find like-minded people who worship the Lord. Location will be important but so will the group that you choose. Above all, we would want you to feel comfortable so that you can further your faith in a supportive environment. If you find that your original decision is not the right one for you and your family, no-one would be offended if you looked for an alternative small group within BICF.

For assistance, please call BICF on 8454-3468 to speak to the small group director or email smallgroup@bicf.org.

*Due to local government regulations, the Fellowship is open to foreign ID holders only. Thank you for your cooperation!

1. SEARCH our small group list and choose one or two that may be suitable to you.

2. COMPLETE and submit the form. You will be contacted within 3 days.

3. ATTEND your new group.

We are always looking for people to lead a group! Serving the Lord in this capacity is a great opportunity for you to grow in your walk with the Lord and encourage others in their relationship with Jesus Christ. We will partner with you, guide you and provide the resources and necessary training. Our goal is to give you the help you need to make your group experience a successful one. Take the first step and complete the application below and someone from the Small Group team will contact you shortly.

Group Leader Application

For more info please meet us at the lobby or contact us :
Email: smallgroup@bicf.org
Rachel Kwong, office tel: 84543468

Expectations of a facilitator/leader
  1. Is a growing, born-again believer in Jesus Christ and baptized.
  2. Is a BICF Associate Member.
  3. Understands and agrees with the BICF’s doctrinal statement, mission statement, vision and core values.
  4. Understands and agrees with the vision, purpose and values of the Small Group Ministry at BICF.
  5. Demonstrates a teachable spirit and willingness to be coached to be well equipped for the task.
  6. Participates and supports all BICF Small group ministry initiatives and programs as a team player.
  7. Respects those whom God has placed in authority over you, according to Hebrews 13:17 (Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.)
 

Definitely not! If you have a willing heart, a DVD player & TV, and a few open seats in your living room, you are ready to be a leader. BICF has many DVD curriculums available that provide expert teaching to your small group, so that any one with any level of experience can lead a successful group. Your leadership responsibility is to facilitate the discussion around that teaching using provided resources. Please email smallgroup(a)bicf.org and our staff will help equip you to successfully lead a small group.

• Be a growing, born-again believer in Jesus Christ.
• Is an Associate Member. (Please see Q&A no 6 – How do I become a BICF Associate Member?)
• Involved in the life and ministry of BICF.
• Demonstrate a teachable spirit.

You need to have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, be baptized, completed the 1 hour Associate Membership class, and have signed our membership covenant that is available in the class book.

If you would like to form a group as a certain affinity – like ethnicity (Malaysians or Cantonese), common interest (Beth Moore bible study or card making) or stations in life (like couples with toddlers only), please email smallgroup(a)bicf.org. When people are far away from home, special affinity groups are effective as an evangelism tool because people can assimilate instantly because of the common factors. This is not meant to be a segregation at all but an inclination towards ’birds of the same feather flock together’. In a multi-cultural and multi-national congregation, we thrive in diversity which makes life more interesting and find unity in Christ.

Once or twice a year we ask all groups to study the same material associated with a church wide campaign. Otherwise, we ask each group to select what they want to study based on the interest of their members and their spiritual maturity. We recommend Life together, NavPress, Christianity Today International or other solid evangelical small group Bible or "felt need" studies. For available small group studies email smallgroup(a)bicf.org. We have good resource materials that come together with permission to photostat for use in BICF.

Have a party and celebrate the time you have shared together as a small group. Affirm those that leave and assure them of your prayers. Schedule your next meeting with those that will be continuing, decide on the study that you will do next, and move on ahead.

First, make childcare a top priority in order to make Small group happen. You may want to rally together. You might be able to get a sitter to watch the kids in one part of the house while the group meets in another room. If there's a home nearby, one person can watch the kids there while the group meets in another house. You may even try to rotate people out of the group to take care of the children. There are many childcare options these are just a few.

BICF has a very transient community. A big number stays in Beijing for about 6 months to 2 years. Once a leader steps on board we encourage them to actively: LOOK FOR YOUR REPLACEMENT & TRAIN THEM. This is a process where your group members are delegated to do small tasks of your small group. Based on their giftedness, rotate leadership and have members lead a sub- group. They can lead when you are out of town and then they can be released to lead their own group when the group is bursting at its seams. Encourage your small group members to attend BICF Leader Training so that they can effectively develop as leaders.

Yes, we do. We find it very beneficial to have both the husband and wife lead in couples small groups. Each one brings different gifts to the leadership position. They each fill in and compliment the other.

This starts with the vision, mission and strategy of your group being very clear to you and to the members of your group. The BICF Vision and Small Group Mission Statements help small groups understand why their group exists:

BICF Vision: “To build a vibrant, reproducing community unified in Christ that embraces and transforms people of all nations to impact their cities, their nations, and the world for Christ."

Our Small Group vision: “To see every person, connected in a healthy small group for the purpose of living a transformed life in Christ and community.”

a. Absolutely! Inform your friends, neighbors, family members, coworkers and casual acquaintances about your small group study. Most of BICF's study materials are appropriate for both believers and seekers. Pray for God's guidance as you can make an eternal difference in the lives of others.

b. While it is not our desire to attract people away from other Bible believing churches, BICF's desire is to both connect "unconnected – not in Small group" people at our church into small groups.

Yes, we have found over time that people do move from one group to another. It is important that you let people have the ability and the flexibility to move to another group. It's important that the leaders understand that meeting the members' needs is the primary concern, even if it means they find another group. We encourage leaders to remember that not all people grow at the same rate, or have the same needs over time. It is healthy for people to seek a group that meets their needs at the time.

We ask you to update your group information on your Small group Leader list by emailing smallgroup(a)bicf.org.

We want every small group leader to understand the distinctive principles of BICF small groups. Also, we believe that leaders are learners and we strive to provide advanced Leader Training and growth opportunities for our leaders. As an experienced leader you can mentor the new ones by sharing your experiences with them.

We want to provide small group leaders with as many resources as possible. Below you will find great videos and articles that should give you valuable tips and training right there in your home. These sites are hosted by famous masters in the small group ministry.

 

1) Mac Lake Online (read the great helps for small group leaders but to view the videos you need a VPN)

http://www.maclakeonline.com/category/small-group-leadership/

 

2) Small groups.com by Christianity Today

http://www.smallgroups.com/articles/2010/sgleadersmostimportantjob.html

 

3) Josh Hunt

http://www.joshhunt.com/articles.htm

 

4) Church leaders.com – subscribe

http://www.churchleaders.com/smallgroups?mpweb=256-1627652-742254073

 

 

Need Bible study curriculum for your group?

 

View the complete listing available for leaders to check out. (Topical bible studies, book studies, family life, marriage, new believers etc)

If you have any questions concerning what to study in your small group, email smallgroup@bicf.org

Unity

Oct 16 - Nov 13, 2016 (5 weeks)

What is the small group campaign study about?

The world we live in is desperately seeking unity. The apostle Paul writes in Ephesians “God made known to us the mystery of His will… to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.” This study seeks to help believers understand the source of true unity, the cross of Christ. It also seeks to help believers understand their part in keeping and guarding the unity that has already been given to us in Christ Jesus.

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Christ Honouring Choices

Oct 18- Dec 6, 2015 (8 weeks)

What is the small group campaign study about?

This study is designed around the Beatitudes and the closing parable of the Sermon on the Mount. Christ’s longest single teaching is The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew chapters 5-7). He began with what we call “the Beatitudes” (Matthew 5:1-12). These eight short statements describe the new life which believers are given and the path that we are called to follow. Each of them reminds us that those who choose to live God’s way are blessed and happy.

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Freedom In Christ

Oct 16-Nov 20, 2011 (6 Weeks)

What is "FREEDOM IN CHRIST"?

It's a 6 weeks journey through the book of Galatians to discover how to live in the freedom that comes through faith in Christ. "It was for freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery." (Gal 5:1).

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Jesus says I AM…

Oct 21-Nov 25, 2012 (6 Weeks)

What is the " I AM…" small group campaign?

Many people have an opinion about Jesus.  Who should you listen to? Who best helps us know and understand Jesus?  Who is Jesus? Through the “I AM” sayings in the Gospel of John, Jesus told his first disciples who he is.  In this 6 weeks series, you too can hear Jesus speak for himself, “I AM…”

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Lord among the lampstand

Oct 20-Dec 1, 2013 (7 weeks)

What is the small group campaign study about?

In Revelation chapters 2 and 3 Jesus teaches seven churches how to live in this world. It is not an easy balance to strike – if we imitate the world we will be ineffective in it, and if we are too isolated from it we will be insensitive to it. The kingdom of our Crucified Lord was born in death, victorious by defeat, and powerful when powerless. Listen to the Head of the Church as He tells us how to be His Church...

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Joy, No Matter What

Oct 31-Nov 28, 2010 (6 Weeks)

What is "Joy - NO MATTER WHAT"?

It's a 5 weeks journey through the book of Philippians to discover how we can find encouragement and rejoice in the Lord always, no matter what. A DVD and participants guide will be used in the small group and Sunday sermons will be preached on the same topic but with different contents.

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God’s Big Story

Oct 19 - Nov 23, 2014 (6 Weeks)

What is The Small Group Campaign Study About?

Everyone loves a good story!
There is no greater story than the story of the Bible.  God’s great plan to bring his lost children home sweeps across its pages revealing God’s great love and power. In the stories of Adam, Eve, Noah, Abraham, Sarah and Joseph we discover ourselves, God, the wonders of his love and ourselves.

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Seminars

Date Title Speaker Listen Watch Read
16 April 2016 Mentoring Works! Benny Ho
Mentoring Works! -- Q&A Benny Ho
15 April 2016 Back to the future Benny Ho
2nd May 2015 Session 1 - Healing the Inner Man (Apologies - recording is not clear) Benny Ho
Session 2 - Shame and Guilt
Session 3 - Rejection_Bitterness
Session 4 - Encountering the Power of the Holy Spirit
Session 5 - Making Changes Benny Ho
Handout