Small groups are Vertical Church's mid-week connection opportunity for people to meet together in a convenient location to grow, learn, have fun and build healthy new relationships. At Vertical, we put it like this: "We desire to see people in circles, not just rows." This is where we share stories, dreams, fears, laughter, and of course, often times food.

Our spring session kicks off on February 12. In addition to our continuing connect groups, we are offering 3 small group studies to help you take the next step in your life with Jesus.

  • God is Good: He's Better Than You Think – Led by Pastor Josh Butcher, this group centers around the book God is Good by Bill Johnson. The book is available on – please purchase before first meeting. This group does not offer childcare. Group meets on Tuesdays at 7pm in Chesapeake.
  • Praying Circles Around the Lives of Your Children – Led by Pastor Kelly Owens, this group focuess on the book by Mark Batterson, Praying Circles Around the Lives of Your Children. The book is available on – please purchase before first meeting. This group does not offer childcare. Group meets on Thursdays at 7pm in Chesapeake.
  • Parenting the Early Years – Led by Mike and Jessica Paisley, this group will discuss 10 traits that will make you a better person and a better parent. There is a $25 fee for materials, and childcare is available for an additional cost. Group meets on Sundays at 3pm in Virginia Beach.

Click below for more information about our groups and to sign up for the group of your choice.

F.A.Q. about Groups

What kind of groups do you offer?

Our desire is for you to connect with other people to grow relationships that will help everyone take their next step toward Jesus. To do that, we provide a variety of different kinds of groups. Some groups are centered around a Bible study or a particular book. Other groups help you grow those relationships around a shared interest, activity, or life-stage.

How often do groups meet?

Each group is different. Some groups meet every week, others meet every other week. We even have groups that meet just once a month! The group leader will keep everyone informed regarding meeting times and locations. 

How long do groups last?

Most groups typically last about 3 months. We do have a few groups that meet continually through the year.

How do I lead a group?

We're excited to see you step into the role of group leader at Vertical Church! Our groups are integral to the mission of our church. To begin stepping into this role, just fill out our volunteer application and select small groups. Our Connections Pastor will follow-up with you.