We believe that intimate community is an incredibly valuable part of not only becoming the person that God has created you to be, but to live the life that God designed you to live! So we want to help facilitate that community through Life Groups. We do not have a strict manual, schedule, or outline that every life group has to follow but instead want each group to remain flexible - because every group is different! So we decided to focus on what we believe to be the three most important pillars of successful Jesus-following communities. Some groups may focus on one more than the other two - and that is okay! There is no perfect way to do it, but we believe that the most beneficial Life Group and the one closest to how God designed us to live finds a balance between the three pillars outlined below.
Share life together! Just like the New Testament church did, we have been called to be in close community with one another... a family...a body. Each life group should enjoy each other. Love each other. Sacrifice for each other. Play games together. Be present in each others lives even outside of Life Group gatherings. We believe fellowship happens best inside of homes and with food, so we encourage every Life Group to definitely take advantage of that!
We have all been called to become more like Jesus and we believe that happens best....together! Praying for each other. Encouraging each other. Reading, studying, and applying Scripture together. Holding each other accountable as we follow Jesus in every aspect of our lives and have the Holy Spirit transform us! Whether your group decides to study a book of the Bible together, do YouVersion Bible Plans together throughout the week, or simply dive deeper into discussion and application surrounding Sunday's message – growing to be more like Jesus...together...is of utmost importance!
On Mission Together
All followers of Jesus have been called to serve and make disciples, and we think that this happens best (you guessed it)...together! This is the overflow of a group that fellowships and grows together in a healthy way. "Did you get an opportunity to love your boss/co-worker this week? How did it go?" Encourage each other. Go serve together. Stir one another on to good works. Be on mission together! Jesus sent his disciples out two by two on purpose. We will be more effective for the Kingdom when we are intentionally on mission with an intimate community.
Life Groups aren't about meeting one day a week.
They are at their best when they bleed into the other six.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will there be child care?
Yes, we will designate one night during the week where childcare will be provided at the church.
How big will the groups be?
We are aiming for 6-10 people per group. We want groups to still thrive if a couple people can't make it, yet be small enough to where you really feel it if someone is missing.
How long will the groups last?
We will have two sessions, Fall and Spring, each session will last 10-12 weeks. We will break during the Holidays after the Fall session, and we will break for the Summer after the Spring session. It will be at the discretion of each group if they would like to have additional meetings or group fellowship between sessions.
If I host, will I need to provide meals?
No, it will not be the host's responsibility to provide meals for the group. The group will decide what food will be provided during groups-if any. The expectation is that all members of the group will help contribute if the group decides to provide meals or snacks; we don't want one individual to carry the responsibility of providing for the entire group every week. Group members need to understand that hosting carries a little extra weight!
What if I don't connect with my group?
We will have Fall and Spring sessions, at the end of each session you will have an opportunity to try another group if you feel you're not getting connected. The goal is to find a group that works for you.
What day of the week do they meet?
Whatever works best for you and your family! Sunday nights will work well for some, while Wednesdays work better for others, and maybe even a different day for another group. We ask for your night preferences in the form to help us place groups together. It is up to your group what you do from there on out!
Why not have groups at the church?
One of the three core pillars of Life Groups is fellowship, and we believe that happens best in the home! That's where close friends gather...that's where family gathers. The early church broke bread...in each other's homes. Is it always convenient? Not even close. Is it worth it? We believe so. That being said, we want to remain flexible if needs arise that call for meeting at the church. (Also, practically - space is an issue when we talk about nights with youth group and child care.)
Will there be a leader?
Yes! However, that doesn't mean you are there to idly follow along. The leaders aren't there to teach....they have just been in Life Group training so that they can help facilitate the group and keep the group centered around the three pillars the best as possible while remaining flexible! Once a group gets going, it would probably be hard for a stranger to tell who are actually the "leaders" of the group because everyone is contributing, showing up, encouraging, prepping, and sacrificing! These are Life Groups...not classes. You are not a spectator, you are a contributor. You aren't just here to receive, but to give whether you are a leader or not!
If I'm not comfortable joining a group at this time, can I join later?
100% yes. This is one of the benefits of doing sessions. We understand the season our world is in currently. Honestly we almost postponed launching Life Groups again, but we decided even if only one group is comfortable enough to get together for the semester then we might as well open it up. So if this isn't the right time for you–that is okay! Keep loving God, loving people, and encouraging others to do the same. Your ability to do that doesn't hinge on you participating this semester if your family isn't ready for it. That is okay! But you better believe we will encourage you to join a group for the fall session!