Circles are Transfer’s small groups. These small groups meet to begin the process of discipleship. These groups meet at least 3 times a month during each semester – once on a Wednesday night in service and twice on a Sunday evening in a host home. Each group is based on grade level. We encourage the host homes and the leaders who facilitate these groups to make these Circles the best time possible. These groups always include food, prayer, and center on students processing where they are in their faith. Leaders are provided with topics, questions, and passages of scripture to discuss. These times are where deep friendships can be made, honest conversations can be had, and the discipleship process can begin. Jeanne Mayo says, “If the youth group fails the friendliness test, it fails.”
If a student has trouble connecting with a large Wednesday crowd, I always encourage parents to start their student in a Circle to build relationships with other students and leaders. Our leaders who facilitate these groups are not to preach in these meetings – they merely help the flow of conversation.