LIFE GROUPS FAQ
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 is more difficult to achieve in a classroom setting or in a large group study. Formation Groups and other learning environments are a great compliment to Life Groups.
Where and when do Life Groups meet?
We plan to offer two meeting options this year. For those who would like to meet in person, we will offer Life Group opportunities on-site at the church building. For the time being, we will not be hosting any Life Groups in homes. We believe that this will be the safest option that will allow for proper social distancing for those Life Groups that wish to meet in person.
A second option that we plan to offer is online Life Groups. This will allow Life Groups to meet virtually in the safest manner possible. Groups will need to meet via Zoom, Google Meet, or a similar interactive meeting platform. We would be happy to provide training to anyone wishing to learn how to use these platforms for their Life Group.
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. Throughout the year we will be offering a series of Life Group Leader Labs to help equip and train leaders for this ministry. Some Life Group Leaders may choose to have their group meet in their home and also be a Life Group Host, though this is not a requirement to be a Life Group Leader.
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 share coffee and 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?
At this time, the church is not able to provide or arrange childcare for a group.
How do I signup for a Life Group?
Please complete the form below and someone will follow up with you about joining a Life Group.