Pathway Small Groups Pastor Dan Litwiller believes small groups are the place where spiritual growth takes off. He finds it a privilege to walk alongside people, listen to their stories, and encourage them as they take steps towards Jesus. Before landing in Fort Wayne, Dan led as a worship pastor in Illinois and Missouri for eleven years. For three years subsequent, he served as a church-planting resident in Chicago and Baltimore. In his downtime, nothing makes Dan happier than a vintage sci-fi film and some Chinese takeout. (He even learned to roll his own sushi this year!) When he isn’t rolling the sushi, Dan loves spending time outdoors with his wife and three energetic little boys.
Small groups are designed to provide a consistent, ongoing opportunity to experience deeper connections with God and with others. They meet in homes, any time throughout the day, any day of the week. Find a group by clicking the button below. You can also search by group type below.
Our vision for Connection Communities grew out of our desire to help people be known and to move into deeper community at Pathway. A Connection Community is people who connect weekly by sitting in the same section of the Worship Center. We know that it can be tough in a large weekend service to meet other people and get connected to Pathway, so this mid-size group helps to make our big church feel smaller!
When you enter our Worship Center for the first time you will notice four divided sections of chairs. The Saturday night service has two Connection Communities, the Sunday services each have four, and our Sunday 11 AM Venue is its own Connection Community. Every section of chairs has a Section Leader, who might greet you, will make you feel right at home, and answer any questions you might have. That will be your initial experience but there is so much more that makes Connection Communities our intentional strategy to help people connect at Pathway on the weekends.
Are you outgoing, and hospitable? Do you enjoy making others feel welcome? You might be the perfect fit on one of our Connection Teams!
There isn’t a formal process! Just sit wherever you’d like and introduce yourself to the section leader and team members. You’ll find a picture of your section leader on the card that awaits you on your seat. The section leaders and team members will be wearing lanyards that coordinate with the color on the card. If you’d rather sit somewhere else, you don’t have to “leave” your current section and “sign up” for the new section.
Your section leaders and team members are eager to talk to you. They want to get to know you and help answers any questions you may have. You can take advantage of the time before and after service to get to know those sitting around you. We want you to get to know the other people in your section and begin developing meaningful relationships with them. Each sections will also have a quarterly party right after the service to provide another opportunity for people to interact and develop deeper relationships.
People will get to know the real you and love you wholeheartedly. You will develop real relationships with depth & meaning. Your section will help you stay on track and keep your faith growing. When you’re in need your section will support, encourage, & pray with you. You will find your place at Pathway Community Church and never feel lost in the crowd.
You don’t have to be! Sections are not forced community. We believe in the power of community and want our whole church to be a part of it, but you can choose the level of your involvement in the section you sit in.
These friendly faces are ready to have a conversation with you! Go ahead, ask them anything. They’re eager to help you take your next step at Pathway.