Beachside Rebuilding Momentum for Community Groups

Posted on September 20 2021

Rebuilding momentum for community groups is an incredible challenge right now. After months of social distancing, no one would argue against the common groups ministry promise that “life is better connected.” Yet motivating folks to step (or step back) into community is no small feat after the forced hiatus of the Covid-19 pandemic.

But the team at Beachside Community Church in Florida has more than 150 reasons (and climbing!) to celebrate.


As they got ready to launch groups this fall, Beachside Community Church decided to take a break from their typical processes. Rather than offering longer-term 12- to 18-month groups, they instead promoted a seven-week group experience built around the I Said This, You Heard That study.

Months ago at the suggestion of their lead pastor, the Beachside staff dug into I Said This, You Heard That together and found it so engaging and helpful that the groups team decided to leverage it for group leader training. The group leaders then found it so engaging and helpful that they spread the word to their group members… and the buzz had officially begun.

Offering I Said This, You Heard That groups capitalized on the buzz that was building, but it wasn't the only savvy decision the Beachside team made.

  • Groups are gathering all together at the church each week, which allows them to add some extra fun with large-group activities and snacks.
  • The church subsidized a large portion of the cost of each I I Said This, You Heard That workbook, so joining a group was financially feasible for more people.
  • They are providing both on-site childcare and reimbursement, making it easier for parents to commit and attend.

Which means that before the plan for this year’s group launch had even been hatched, marketing was underway!

And the registration numbers they’ve seen back that up. Beachside had more than 150 adults sign up for I Said This, You Heard That groups, exceeding their expectations. And that number continues to climb as more people hear about and join the experience each week. After the seven sessions wrap up later this fall, attendees will be encouraged to consider a next step, which could be continuing to meet with their group—something the Beachside team is sure will be easier for people to try after experiencing the benefits (and fun!) of community firsthand.

Offering I Said This, You Heard That groups capitalized on the buzz that was building, but it wasn't the only savvy decision the Beachside team made.

  • Groups are gathering all together at the church each week, which allows them to add some extra fun with large-group activities and snacks.
  • The church subsidized a large portion of the cost of each I I Said This, You Heard That workbook, so joining a group was financially feasible for more people.
  • They are providing both on-site childcare and reimbursement, making it easier for parents to commit and attend.

Want to see the study that set up Beachside’s success? You can watch the videos right now on YouTube. Or, like they did, dig into I Said This, You Heard That as a staff.

Rebuilding momentum for community groups is an incredible challenge right now. After months of social distancing, no one would argue against the common groups ministry promise that “life is better connected.” Yet motivating folks to step (or step back) into community is no small feat after the forced hiatus of the Covid-19 pandemic.

But the team at Beachside Community Church in Florida has more than 150 reasons (and climbing!) to celebrate.


As they got ready to launch groups this fall, Beachside Community Church decided to take a break from their typical processes. Rather than offering longer-term 12- to 18-month groups, they instead promoted a seven-week group experience built around the I Said This, You Heard That study.

Months ago at the suggestion of their lead pastor, the Beachside staff dug into I Said This, You Heard That together and found it so engaging and helpful that the groups team decided to leverage it for group leader training. The group leaders then found it so engaging and helpful that they spread the word to their group members… and the buzz had officially begun.

Which means that before the plan for this year’s group launch had even been hatched, marketing was underway!

Offering I Said This, You Heard That groups capitalized on the buzz that was building, but it wasn't the only savvy decision the Beachside team made.

  • Groups are gathering all together at the church each week, which allows them to add some extra fun with large-group activities and snacks.
  • The church subsidized a large portion of the cost of each I I Said This, You Heard That workbook, so joining a group was financially feasible for more people.
  • They are providing both on-site childcare and reimbursement, making it easier for parents to commit and attend.

And the registration numbers they’ve seen back that up. Beachside had more than 150 adults sign up for I Said This, You Heard That groups, exceeding their expectations. And that number continues to climb as more people hear about and join the experience each week. After the seven sessions wrap up later this fall, attendees will be encouraged to consider a next step, which could be continuing to meet with their group—something the Beachside team is sure will be easier for people to try after experiencing the benefits (and fun!) of community firsthand.

Want to see the study that set up Beachside’s success? You can watch the videos right now on YouTube. Or, like they did, dig into the study as a staff. We’ll get you started with 50% off 1 copy of I Said This, You Heard That. (Book offer ends 9/27/21)

Offering I Said This, You Heard That groups capitalized on the buzz that was building, but it wasn't the only savvy decision the Beachside team made.

  • Groups are gathering all together at the church each week, which allows them to add some extra fun with large-group activities and snacks.
  • The church subsidized a large portion of the cost of each I I Said This, You Heard That workbook, so joining a group was financially feasible for more people.
  • They are providing both on-site childcare and reimbursement, making it easier for parents to commit and attend.

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