Eastgate's small group Ministry

Eastgate's Connect groups are a weekly source of growth and connection. Check out the list below and contact the Connect Group leader with any questions you might have. They can tell you whether or not their group includes meals, childcare, give you directions, etc. These groups are our main point of connection at Eastgate and the most effective pastoral arm of the church.

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Again, Eastgate is not a church with small groups, but a church of small groups. They are called "Connect Groups" and they are largely the way in which we define membership at Eastgate. By becoming a part of a Connect Group, you will find community with like-minded people and truly thrive at Eastgate! 

At Eastgate, we have opportunities for members and visitors to meet on various nights of the week (and our groups are on a trimester model, meaning that you choose one group for a 3 month period and then can choose another one the next semester (or stay if you prefer). Our groups range from Bible studies to art classes, and each group is either led by a deacon or overseen by one.  

Connect groups meet weekly but not the week of the first Wednesday each month, since we want to encourage attendance at Outpour. Outpour is Eastgate's monthly night of just worship and prophetic opens-mic ministry. Click here to go to our Worship page and learn more.

Find all of our Connect Groups along with the leader's info so you can get their address and any additional information needed. 

  • NOW word ladies bible study

    Co-leaders: Jeorgi Smith, Elaine Anderson, &  Pastor Laura Harris Smith

    Overseen by: Deaconess Elaine Anderson

    Mondays 7-9pm contact leader for Location. (but not on Outpour weeks)

    For women, 18 and up

    Women crave sisterhood. And even if your sisterhood-tank is full, a word of encouragement never comes at a bad time. Imagine walking into a place where you are 100% sure you are going to leave having received the love you deserve, the directional word you need and the fellowship you've been missing. Join us!

    *Childcare is provided

  • Men's Group | Old Hickory, TN

    Led by: Pastor Chris Smith

    Monday Nights 7:00pm - 9:00pm

    Location: Eastgate Facility

    This group will be a time of connection, discussion, and “manly” fellowship.  


    *Childcare is provided

  • Dinner & Fellowship Group

    Old Hickory, TN

    Led by: Shekinah Moreira

    Overseen by: Elders Mike & Donna Svolto

    Thursday Nights from 6:30pm-9pm

    This group is all about food, prayer, and fellowship. So, come prepared to leave with your bellies, hearts, and Spirit full! 


  • Eastgate youth ministry | HERMITAGE, TN

    This group is for teens 7th - 12 Grades and they meet on Friday nights at the Eastgate facility 7pm-8:45pm for fellowship, corporate worship, and small group teachings.

    The Group is led by Sync Directors:

    Youth Directors: Brandon Blumhardt & Abigiail McCormick

    Youth Director Assistants: Eric & Hannah Dunn

    Overseen by: Pastor Jhason Smith & Brittany Smith