School of Music


Doctor of Worship Studies (DWS)


William Douglas Crawley


Small Groups, Community Groups, Worship, Worship Pedagogy, Discipleship


Christianity | Liturgy and Worship | Music | Religion


Many local church fellowships have embraced small groups (life groups, community groups) as a means of connecting people with one another from within the larger church body. These small groups are a means of building community. Furthermore, many churches testify to the importance of pursuing worship as much more than music in the corporate worship gathering that takes place once a week. However, very little has been done to connect these two components together in the small group ministry environment. As will be presented, people have written concerning each one of these important elements of church body life. Yet, connecting these two foci of ministry has received very little attention. In particular, this study is focused on the Community Group ministry of Grace Bible Church in Bozeman, Montana. This researcher believed he would find a genuine disconnect between actions demonstrating a life of worship and the inclusion of an intentional worship component within the Community Group ministry. The hypothesis predicting an absence of an intentional worship component within the Community Group ministry was confirmed by the research.