Filling In The Gaps

So why do small groups matter? And if someone’s not in a small group, what is it that they’re missing?

Nate & Kayte Veldhuizen, small group leaders at New Covenant, brought that question to their small group, who started to “popcorn” a bunch of one-word answers:

  • Community
  • Accountability
  • Support
  • Being Present
  • Being Available
  • Fun!
  • Challenging
  • Safe Place
  • Being Known

A theme they landed on was filling in the gaps in life, which is less about “if you have spare time in your life, try to squeeze in a small group,” and more about, “there are gaps in life where you need coverage.”

Yes, you can do life on your own, but not well, and it’s hard. With a small group around you, there’s someone to help shuttle a kid to an activity, make a meal when someone’s sick, lend a hand with a project. Life is just easier and more fulfilling when you have good people to do it with.

The Veldhuizen's group went on with other reasons about why everyone needs a small group.

  • To serve one another
  • Honor one another
  • Encourage one another
  • Confess to one another
  • Pray for one another
  • Instruct one another
  • Be kind/ forgive one another

“Small groups are like family,” they concluded. It’s a refrain we hear all the time.

Not in a small group and want to be? Let’s get you connected.


Teeg Stouffer
Communications Director