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 Deacon 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 every day or night of the week (counting Sync, our Youth Ministry) 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 Elder Catherine Segars and 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 Jeorgi Smith

    Overseen by Elders Brian and Susan Frost

    Tuesday 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.
    Info: or

  • 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.


  • Radical BOOK STUDY | Mt. Juliet

    a study on how to live a 'radical' life for christ

    Led by Elders Bryan & Catherine Segars

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

    This group will read and discuss the NY bestsellers book, Radical, written by David Platt.  Elders Bryan & Catherine will lead the group and use their teaching gifts to explore the topic of how live a "radical" life for Christ.


  • Men's Group | Donelson

    Co-Leaders: David Northrop & 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.  


  • Agape Fellowship | Nashville

    Co-leaders: Shane & Labrina Stevens

    Overseen by Deacons Kevin and Christina Parker

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

    This group will be sharing meals, doing fun group activities like bowling, hiking, games, etc.  


  • Tweens Group | Hermitage, TN

    (4th-6th grade)

    Co-leaders: Dan & Melissa Tichota

    Overseen by Deacons Kevin and Christina Parker

    Friday Nights 7:15pm - 8:45pm, at the Tichota's Home.

    This group will give the Tweens a place to have fun, do outreach, and learn the Word of God.   

  • Hiking Group | Nashville

    Skill based Group

    Co-leaders: Rachelle Schoenemann & son Matthew Schoenemann

    Saturday Locations & Times TBD

    This group will be doing hikes on trails within 20-40 miles of Nashville.  Skill level based upon group.