Community Group FAQs

Perhaps you are new to Community Groups and want to learn more about why we believe building community with each other is so important in our Christian walk. There are so many reasons why being in a supportive, Christ-centered environment is valuable and we've gathered some of the most frequently asked questions to help better understand the importance.

What does a Community Group look like?

A Community Group usually consists of 7 to 16 people who meet on a regular basis in someone’s home or at ECBC to study and discuss the Bible, pray for one another, care for one another, and do ministry together. These groups meet all across the Charleston Area on various nights of the week.

Do you have to be an East Cooper Baptist member to join a Community Group?

No, anyone is welcome to a Community Group.  If you’re new to a group, it’s a great idea to contact the group leader and let them know you’ll be attending.

What do Community Groups study?

Many small groups use an approved RightNow Media video study series from RightNow Media’s ECBC Custom Library, while some groups review and discuss the ECBC Sunday Sermon.  Sometimes a group will study a book resource to focus on a specific need of the group. Examples might be a short-term study on doctrine, a book of the Bible, marriage, parenting, evangelism, prayer, etc.  You will find a list of all of the approved resources on the Community Group Study Curriculum page.  If you are interested in using a resource that is apart from RightNow Media or the ECBC Sermon, contact Craig Harris at to preview.

How do I get connected to a Community Group?

To get plugged into a Community Group, click on  “Find an Open Group”, and search the list for a group that best fits your needs and location, then contact the group leader. He will be in touch soon with more details about the group meeting. You are welcome to visit several groups in order to find the right fit before making a commitment. 

Another way to find out more about Community Groups is to visit our Kiosk in the “CONNECT” corner of the Welcome Center on Sunday mornings. A representative can guide you through the online process and discuss your options.

For futher assistance contact Carol at .

What if I need help with childcare?

A childcare reimbursement supplement is available to parents attending your group through a cooperative effort with other families in your Community Group. The group leader will complete and submit a childcare reimbursement form in order to help make it possible for you to participate in Community Group life without making it cost prohibitive. Caregivers are vetted by the group and children are usually cared for in a separate room of the house where the group meets, or in a home nearby.

We also have several Wednesday Night Community Groups that meet within the church building and utilize ECBC childcare facilities. Every group takes a turn to care for the children of the other groups meeting in the building.

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