Frequently Asked Questions - InsideOut

What is 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, geographic area, 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!

What is large group?

InsideOut 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.

Can a parent be a small group leader?

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 InsideOut. 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 InsideOut.

How is my student's small group leader 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, geographic area, and gender.

Can my student bring a friend to InsideOut?

Absolutely! In fact, we encourage it. InsideOut is designed to be fun and inspirational for every high school student. We’re thrilled when your student is excited to share what he or she is experiencing at church. 

What about baptism for InsideOut students?

We love getting to baptize students celebrating their decision and encouraging them in their walk with Christ! If your student is interested, please email [email protected] for more information.