Group Life

We believe that life-change happens best in closely-connected relationships, so we have chosen a relationship-based model of ministry for our local church. This simply means that our "ministries" or "programs" are designed to provide environments in which relationships can develop and flourish, and we hope these relationships lead people to take their next step toward Jesus.

Small groups

Small groups are an important part of life here at Five Rivers Church. In this environment, groups of eight to fifteen people spend time doing life together as they discover what it means to live, love and lead like Jesus. Small groups at Five Rivers meet at least twice a month, and they come together to eat, pray, study the Bible and have fun while strengthening their relationships with each other and with God. 

If you are anything like us, you are an imperfect person struggling to understand what it really means to be loved by God and to love him, and you wrestle with what it looks like to truly follow Jesus and live, love and lead like he did. So, we invite you to join us in the journey of finding and taking our next step closer to Jesus.

If you are interested in learning more about small groups or possibly joining a small group, click the button below to see a list of our active groups.

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Small groups are super important at Five Rivers Church, but we think it's equally important to get people together in larger groups for the purpose of engaging our community with the message and love of Jesus. Jesus engaged people in different settings, and we want to do the same. 

For us, this happens in something we call Engage, and as its name implies, It's all about getting out beyond the walls of our building and into the community and neighborhoods around our church. 

This opportunity happens about once a month, and when we get together, we do at least 1 of 3 really important things: 

Pray and prepare

Go out and do

Celebrate and evaluate

Engage is open to anyone who would like to join us in engaging the Kettering area and surrounding communities with love and hope of Jesus.

Tap or click here for a look what's happening next with Engage ...

chat groups

Chat groups are the smallest, most intimate groups at Five Rivers Group. In a chat group, 3-4 men or women meet consistently for a determined period of time for the purpose of building, deeper, more intimate relationships in which personal growth and life-change can thrive. 

We suggest these groups meet weekly for 6-9 months as they learn more about themselves, each other and what is God is doing in their lives as they grow in their understanding of living, loving and leading like Jesus. 

Tracy Wright If you would more information about joining or starting a chat group, let Tracy know here and he will contact you.