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.

  • Meet the Pastors | Old hickory, TN

    Led by: Pastor Chris Smith

    Once a month Visitors Group on the 3rd Monday of the month 7pm - 9pm at the Eastgate facility. This group allows visitors of Eastgate to connect with our Pastors, ask questions and learn more about the ministry. 

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  • 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!

  • The Green way Group | Hermitage, TN

    Led by: Shane Robert Williams

    Overseen by: Deacon Dr. Rucele Consigny

    This group meets on Wednesday night's at 6pm.

    Location: Will vary week by week based on current section of the greenway contact the group leader.

    For more Info:

  • 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! 


  • Ecclesia | Mt. JULIET, TN

    College & Career Adult Group

    Co-leaders Andrew Rodriguez and Nick Herod

    Overseen by Decons Kevin & Christiana Parker

    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.

  • Men's Group | Old Hickory, TN

    Led by: Deacon Kevin Parker

    Friday Nights 7:00pm - 9:00pm

    Location: Contact Leader

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


  • Sync Student Ministries | 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

  • Dinner & a Movie Night | Hermitage, TN

    This group will meet two Saturday's a month grab an inexpensive meal together and then watch a movie! 

    Led by: Mark Dozier, Claudia Dozier & Chad Stem

    Location: Contact Leader

  • Prophetic Drills | HERMITAGE, TN

    This group will meet Saturday's 4pm-5:30pm at the Eastgate facility. 

    Led by: James & Theresa Beeh