I keep hearing about large group. What is that?
Transit impacts your student through two environments every Sunday. One of these is large group in the Attic, where students first meet to interact in games and vibrant worship with their own live band, as well as to learn from inspirational speakers. The goal of large group is to set up fun and meaningful discussions in small group.
What is a small group?
Small groups provide the fuel that drives students to make good choices during the week. Ideally led by two adult leaders and a high school mentor, each small group includes students from the same school grade, school, and gender. This gives them the opportunity to develop a group of Christian friends close to home, which leads to further encouragement and accountability. Students enjoy getting together outside of church with their Small Group Leaders and small groups for community service, personal/spiritual growth, and additional fun. Our goal is that each small group remains together for the duration of middle school. On occasion, a group that grows too large will be multiplied to keep relationships personal. But don’t worry—friends and former leaders are always around!
When does Transit end each Sunday?
Students typically get out of small group a few minutes after the main service ends. However, since conversations are geared to help students explore issues important to them, Transit does not have an official end time. Each group wraps up discussion at its own pace.
How do I volunteer to become a part of Transit?
When you look at the beaming faces in Transit, you see far more than middle schoolers. You also see dozens of energetic adults and high school students who were once in your shoes—wanting to jump in, yet wondering whether they had time or energy to commit to mentoring. They discovered what you will soon recognize: our volunteers aren’t merely here to help. The relationships they form become their ministry and a treasured priority. In fact, most small group leaders engage with the same students for the entire three-year duration of middle school—laughing, listening and leading. We’re delighted you want to become part of the reason that middle schoolers love Transit! For more information, email Chelsea Robbins at [email protected].
Can a parent be a small group leader of his or her student?
Becoming a small group leader is a fun and exciting way to stay engaged with your own middle school student. We absolutely encourage parents to become small group leaders—and, with our rapidly expanding student ranks, we need you—but we do not permit parents to lead their own children during Transit. Some students need more space than others and are far more likely to be candid in small group discussions when parents are not present. We’ll help find the best fit for you, as well as the right place to maximize your student’s experience in Transit.
How is my student’s small group leader or group chosen?
Small group leaders volunteer to participate and then go through an interview/approval process before being selected to lead students. We group all students by school grade, school, and gender.