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.


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 semester 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 7 of our Connect Groups below along with the leader's info so you can get their address and any instructions. All Eastgate Connect groups are either led by a Deacon or overseen by one.

  • NOW word ladies bible study | DONELSON

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

    Mondays at Eastgate, 7-9pm (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!

  • Ecclesia | Mt. JULIET

    College & Career Adult Group

    Co-leaders Andrew Rodriguez and Nick Herod

    Overseen by Elders Brian and Susan Frost

    Friday Nights 7:00pm - 9:00pm in Mt. Juliet, TN
    Ecclesia is Eastgate's fellowship for college and career aged adults.  This group is passionate about Jesus and reaching their generation with the message of God's love and power for daily living.  They meet at a variety of locations including college campuses and coffee shops.

  • EQUIP | Donelson

    Eastgate's Discipleship Course

    Co-leaders: Keaton & Amy Hamm

    Overseen by Elders Brian and Susan Frost

    Tuesday nights 7:30pm - 9:00pm at the Eastgate Facility

    EQUIP is a discipleship course that will help you understand what it means to be a disciple and also how to disciple others as Jesus commanded!  Join Keaton & Amy for this amazing equipping course for new and established believers.


  • Men's Group | Donelson

    Led by: David Gray

    Overseen by: Pastor Chris Smith

    Thursday Nights 7:00pm - 9:00pm at the Eastgate facility.

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


  • Prayer Group | Donelson, TN

    Led by: Fidelia Aguocha

    Friday Nights from 7pm-9pm


  • Walk thru the bible | Nashville

    Led by: Dan Tichota

    Overseen by: TBD

    Saturday Nights 6:30pm - 8:30pm, in the Nashville Area.


  • Marriage Group | Mt. Juliet

    Led by Mark & Claudia Dozier

    Saturday Nights 7:00pm - 9:00pm in Mt. Juliet


  • Drama | Donelson, TN

    Co-leaders: Troy & Briana Miszklevitz

    Overseen by: TBD

    Sunday Afternoons

    This group will be preparing for a production in December.