Emmanuel Bible Church
Upstate South Carolina

Shepherding Groups



What are Shepherding Groups?

Shepherding Groups are small groups of EBC members that meet throughout the week in order to worship God and edify one another in the faith of Jesus Christ. They exist for furthering Christian fellowship, accountability and the exercise of spiritual gifts so that believers may grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ.

Where do they meet?

Shepherding groups meet at seven different locations in the Upstate, usually in the facilitator's home. Contact us if you're interested in visiting.

When do they meet?

Wednesday night is popular since many people are already used to meeting then, but Shepherding Groups may meet anytime during the week.

Who may participate?

All members of EBC are strongly encouraged to participate in a Shepherding Group. If you're not a member of EBC, we encourage you to visit a Shepherding group for up to four months while you prayerfully consider joining the EBC family.

Contact us if you're interested in visiting.

We also hope these groups will be used to invite friends and neighbors who need Jesus.

How big is each group?

Each group has about 15 adults (plus children), giving the group diverse interaction while still allowing the group leader to spend time individually discipling and encouraging individual members.

What do you do during Shepherding Group?

We usually start each meeting with several worship songs before discussing the Sunday message – what we learned and how we are applying it. Then we share and pray. Care is also provided for the children.

What are some ongoing goals of Shepherding Group?

To be intentional about

  • Displaying God's Trinitarian care for us
  • Promoting believers "one anothering" of each other
  • Providing mutual accountability
  • Encouraging gospel-centered fellowship
  • Fulfilling Christ's command to disciple by example and instruction
  • Fostering intergenerational discipling, ministry and fellowship
  • Encouraging and training believers to exercise their gifts and abilities
  • Facilitating relational evangelism through work and community contacts

What opportunities do group facilitators and members have?

Group facilitators care for group members:

  • With instruction by life and verbal communication
  • Through prayer support, encouragement and accountability
  • By discipling (including speaking the truth in love)
  • By keeping in regular contact

Group members:

  • Recognize a Shepherding Group is not a replacement for the corporate gathering (Hebrews 10:24-25) or for union in Christ (John 15:5)
  • Commit to faithful participation
  • Receive the Word with eagerness, searching the Scriptures daily (Acts 17:11; James 1:21)
  • "One another" other group members
  • Invite friends and neighbors from the community