The Christian life is not meant to be done alone. Jesus calls us to love one another, and we believe we grow best in our faith through relationships with others. That’s why we do Groups. In Groups, we seek to become and make disciples of Jesus through sharing life together.
What is a Life Group?
A Life Group is a weekly gathering of around 8-12 people who share life with one another. These groups meet together to care for one another, study God’s Word together, pray for and with each other, and serve together. Each group has a person or couple who leads the group and facilitates discussion. Most groups are a mix of people (different ages, backgrounds, men and women, single and married, etc.). We do have Groups just for men or women.
What do Groups study?
Most of our groups are message-based. The discussions focus on the previous Sunday’s message. Each week, there will be Questions that dig deeper into the Bible and the content of the message. Group members complete the Questions beforehand and come ready to share and discuss. But we are not looking simply to know more stuff, but we seek transformation at the heart level. This means engaging your life honestly and deeply with what God wants to teach you.
What else happens in the groups?
The group members share life together by supporting one another, sharing joys and sorrows, and building each other up in the faith. Typically, groups meet for 1 ½ to 2 hours for some social time, study and discussion, and prayer. Sharing meals and serving out in the community happen regularly. Group members connect with each other in real, authentic relationships that challenge one another to grow as a Jesus-follower.
When and where do groups meet?
Life Groups run in seasons of 8-12 weeks three times per year, with a few weeks off between sessions, and most take the summer off. The groups meet once a week in homes and we have groups meeting almost every night of the week. We have a few groups that meet at the church, particularly on Wednesday nights with the childcare provided.
What’s the commitment?
We ask each person commits to try a group for 3 weeks. After that, the commitment is the rest of the season (8-10 weeks). We have found that commitment is a key component to strong relationships and healthy groups. Each group member will come with the Questions completed and ready to share. We ask everyone to engage in authentic relationships with one another. At the end of a season, everyone has the option to step out of group. Often, members remain in a group for multiple seasons.