Christian Social Groups
We were not made to live in isolation - just the opposite. We are designed for relationships and connections!
In CRU’s Made for Relationship, Millie Welsh explains, “From page 1, the Bible tells us that we were created to enjoy a relationship with God (Genesis 1) and relationships with each other (Genesis 2).”
Just as we were created to have a relationship with God, we were created to live in relationship with others. Why?
Scripture repeatedly tells us relationships with other Christians help us grow in our own spiritual walks.
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”
-- Proverbs 27:17
But what do you do if you don’t have any Christian friends?
The older we become, the harder it may seem to make new friends.
If you are a new believer or new to town, it can feel especially daunting to find other Christians to socialize with and form relationships.
Thankfully, there are several ways for you to find Christian social groups.
How Coronavirus Has Changed Social Groups
When facing the coronavirus health crisis, churches across the world had to get creative to serve their congregations.
Many churches started doing livestream Sunday morning messages, but it wasn’t just Sunday sermons that were affected.
In churches where relationships are fostered, the church members were desperate to find ways to stay connected to their friends in their small groups.
And, what happened has been nothing short of amazing.
All over the world, Christians recognized that while they were isolated at home, it didn’t mean they had to feel isolated.
While they practiced social distancing, they found ways to connect via social media.
Small groups met virtually using technology like FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, and Google Hangouts.
In this way, individuals were able to stay connected though they were physically apart.
We hope the same types of virtual connections Christians made during the Coronavirus health crisis remain fruitful.
Many recognized how easy it was to reach out across the Internet to pray and discuss the Bible with other Christians, and it alleviated many fears people have over meeting in person.
“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
– Matthew 18:20 (Even online!)
Look for Local Groups
When it comes to finding Christian social groups, it is wise to begin by searching locally.
For instance, see if the church you attend offers Bible studies for people in your age group or other social events.
Additionally, look for local Christian groups or places, such as Christian bookstores offering book clubs or Christian ministries seeking volunteers.
Search for Online Groups
With more and more people using social media to connect and make plans, it is also wise to search for online groups.
Try searching on Facebook by using just the word “Christians” and the name of your city.
You’ll likely discover several Facebook groups created to help Christians in your area find one another.
Attend a Meetup
Meetup is a website designed to help people with similar interests “meet up” in real life.
They even have an entire section dedicated to Christian social groups with (at the time of this writing) 480,304 members and 2,160 groups representative of multiple denominations.
You can search by location or interests.
You’ll find meetups for social activities, Bible studies, Christian singles groups, people who are new in town, and more.
Some of these groups meet to study God’s Word together while others just enjoy meeting to socialize with like-minded believers at restaurants.
Connect at a Women’s Group or Men’s Group
There are several different Christian groups with chapters scattered across the United States.
For instance, MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) is a Christian ministry for moms of newborns through kindergarteners. This group is designed to help moms meet and connect with other women.
F3 is a Christian ministry that offers free, peer-led workouts for men.
One of the best group experiences I ever had was C12. It is a Christian business group where your peers help you build a great business for a greater purpose.
Other Ways to Connect as a Christian
While it is important not to live an isolated life, we know it’s not always easy, or even possible, to find community, as demonstrated by the COVID-19 situation.
However, in addition to gathering online with your small group, there are other ways you can connect with Christian friends.
The YouVersion Bible app allows you to go through devotional plans with friends and even provides private discussion areas to talk about what God is teaching you. They’re amazing!
Start Your Own
Finally, maybe God is calling you to start your own Christian social group.
If you can’t find one in your area or for your age group or interest or whatever, consider putting yourself out there and starting a group.
It’s as easy as creating a group on Facebook and inviting others (or) forming a Meetup and creating an event (it can be as low-key as a Christian meetup at a local coffee shop).
You’ll likely discover there are many others just waiting for someone to take the lead.
Pray and seek God’s direction as you seek Christian community in a socially-distanced world.
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.” – Ecclesiastes 4:9-10