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We want every person to have a connection with the people here at Soteria Des Moines. There are two basic way we foster connection–Growth Groups & Serving Groups.

To jump right in a find an available group, click one of the buttons below.

If you want more information, scroll down and keep reading.

WhAT ARE GROWTH GROUPS?

Growth groups are our basic units for Christian fellowship, connection, care, and discipleship at Soteria Des Moines.

In keeping with the pattern of the early church, these groups meet in homes and serve as a compliment to our corporate worship on Sundays.

We offer groups on the basis of geography, stage of life, and interest.

Our desire is to see people deepen their love for God as they develop authentic, love-driven relationships with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.

WHEN DO THEY MEET?

Our growth groups run in a cycle we like to call “3 tens and a break.”

We offer 10-week long small group sessions in the fall, winter, and spring with breaks between each session. During the summer, the groups do not meet.

In order to participate in a growth group, you must sign up at the beginning of a 10-week session.

If you desire to plug into a group, every several weeks we have a new Starting Point group that begins. Attending the Starting Point group is a great way to get to know more about the Bible, the church, and experience our small group format. Starting point lasts 6-9 weeks. 

After the intro group, you are free to sign up for a regularly meeting group before the next 10-week session begins.

WHAT DO YOU STUDY?

The main topic of study during the groups is the sermon from the previous Sunday service. We believe this is one of the strengths of our program. This allows you to dig deeper into the teaching from Sundays.

Additionally, you have the valuable experience of applying the message to life situations in the context of a small group of fellow believers.

Sunday morning services are centerpiece of our ministry. Because our groups supplement and support our Sunday services it is critically important to get plugged into a group!

HOW DO I GET CONNECTED?

Go here to our group locator app. You'll see a listing of all our of current growth groups that meet around the city. There are a number of groups that have space to welcome new people. You can search by location, or by a variety of group attributes to find the group perfect for you.

If none of the groups seem to be an option please contact us and let us know you are interested in getting in a growth group. We'll be in contact with you shortly to get you plugged in.


WHAT ARE SERVING GROUPS?

Serving groups are teams of people that serve the church and community using their gifts, talents, and passions. We would love for everyone to be a part of a serving group. We have a number of groups available to join including things like, greeting, ushering, photography, multi-media, landscaping, and many others.


WHAT CLASSES ARE OFFERED?

Sunday morning classes are ongoing communities that gather to learn the word of God and encourage one another in spiritual disciplines. Classes meet during the morning service times, 9 AM and 10:45 AM. For example, if you attend the first service, stick around for a class during the second. This means that families can spend time in classes learning simultaneously as their kids are in Sunday School. Then you can have the opportunity to worship together in service. Classes are primarily based on your stage of life.