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What is a Life Group?

A Life Group is a small group of 8 to 12 adults who are committed to meeting regularly for the purpose of growing in discipleship. Life Groups are designed to be a place where people can learn together and can love one another.

How is a Life Group different from a Formation Group, a Bible Study, or a Sunday School class?

A Life Group is a place where deeper discipleship relationships can be formed. The smaller size and meeting venue are designed to foster a community of discipleship growth that may be more difficult to achieve in a classroom setting or in a large group study.

Where and when do Life Groups meet?

Most groups will meet in someone’s home thanks to the hospitality of our Life Group Hosts. Life Groups often gather around a kitchen table or in a living room setting that provides a good space for fellowship, discussion, and prayer. Groups may also opt to meet in person at the church or meet virtually via Zoom or Google Meet. Life Groups are encouraged to try and meet weekly if possible, though some opt to meet every other week. Meeting less frequently can interrupt the growth of relationships. Life Groups will meet from September through May, with breaks for holidays and other special occasions.

Who leads a Life Group?

Life Group Leaders are key to the success of a Life Group. While everyone in the group is encouraged to participate in the discussion, Life Group Leaders are equipped to lead the discussion and to help foster an environment of spiritual growth.

What does a typical Life Group gathering look like?

Life Groups should aim to meet for around 90 minutes. This allows enough time for gathering and visiting as a group, spending a good amount of time in the Scriptures, and having sufficient time for sharing life and a time of prayer. Often, groups will enjoy treats as a part of their gathering time. Some groups may even choose to have a meal together each time. Each group is able to choose what works best for them.

What is expected of me as a member of a Life Group?

Life Group members should think in terms of belonging to a group rather than attending a group. Life happens and there will be times when individuals will have to miss a time or two when their group meets. However, inconsistent participation in a group will be an obstacle to both fostering relationships as well as discipleship growth. Life Group members should make a commitment to faithful participation.

What if someone new wants to join our Life Group?

Life Groups are encouraged to remain “open” throughout the year. This means that groups need to be open to allowing new people to join the group as the need arises. If the size of the group increases to 12-15 members, Life Groups will be encouraged to consider multiplying their group so that others can join.

What do I do with my kids during Life Group? Is childcare available?

We do have a couple of Life Group options available for families with kids, however, not all of our groups are able to accommodate children or provide childcare for their group. Individuals may need to arrange their own childcare in order to participate in a Life Group.

How do I signup for a Life Group?

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Small Groups

Family Group - Stephen & Rylie Helweg (in-person)

Tuesday, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Pastor Eric Nygren (in-person)

Wednesday, 6:15pm - 7:45pm 115 Carr Lake Rd. SW Bemidji MN 56601

Men's Group - John Shindelar (in-person)

Thursday, 6:30pm - 7:30pm 115 Carr Lake Rd. SW Bemidji MN 56601

Randy & Mishele McKain (in-person)

Monday, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Young Adults - Pastor Douglas & Emily Daube (in-person)

Thursday, 6:00pm - 7:30pm