Why Small Groups?

Life is better together! We believe that the most important things in life are not things, but relationships. Sharing life through community is part of our design, but meaningful relationships aren’t always easy to find. That’s why Small Groups exist - to make these life-changing relationships relevant and accessible to you.

We want to see people doing life together as they study God’s Word, experience life change, support one another through the challenges of life, as well as pray and care for one another. Oakwood has a variety of groups - some are short-term groups (Equipping Groups) and others are ongoing groups (Community Groups). 

Small Group Questions & Answers

Oakwood’s small groups meet in a variety of locations both in homes and on the church campus. We have groups meeting every day of the week except on Saturdays.  We have groups meeting in the Ortonville, Oxford and Lake Orion areas.  We hope to have groups in other local communities soon. Most of our groups meet in the evenings for a couple of hours, but we do have a few morning groups specifically for men and women.

Most of our Community Groups meet on a weekly basis throughout the year.  We generally have oppotunities to join groups (or start new groups) during three different sessions each year - fall, winter/spring and summer.  Groups generally meet anywhere from 8-12 weeks during each session and we encourage you to commit to a full session, if possible. Of course, many people will stay with their group over the course of the full year or longer.

We also have ocassional short-term Equipping Groups that will gather from 6-12 weeks for a specific topic or study to help people grow in a particular area.  Examples of these groups would be Marriage Oneness, Financial Peace University, Grace-Based Parenting, etc.


Absolutely! Small groups are not just for couples and we have many single adults involved in our groups ministry. While couples are encouraged to attend group together, we understand this isn’t always possible.


Each group handles child care in different ways, as needed. We want our families to be connected in groups. If you need childcare in order to participate in a groups, contact Pastor Shane or talk to a group leader and see what options are available.

There are a handful of easy ways to join a small group throughout the year. You can use our website or church app to to sign up online using the community group interest form. Another optoin is to browse the available groups listed on this page and contact the group leader directly. You can also contact Pastor Shane at shane@oakwoodcc.org or 248-464-3248 if you have questions or would like to join a group. During the fall and in January of each year we generally offer sign-up opportunities at the Sunday worship services, as well.