Our Life groups are intended to be more than Bible studies. Bible study is important, and will be one component of the Life Groups, but the purpose of each Life group is to be a “holistic group.” That is, a place where we not only rightly study the Bible, but where the group works together to apply what they’re learning in practical ways.
Life Group members should be learning to serve each other, and as a group, to serve the greater community. The group should be a place where people are able to honestly share their needs and concerns, to discuss options, and to be safe in doing so. They should be a place where heartfelt prayer is shared, and a true sense of community is developed. The Life groups are intended to be the place where the essence, the reality, of church life is worked out in meaningful ways.
The curriculum for Life groups is both defined, and yet very open. The Board of Elders desire that group studies be based on the Bible. The materials used, execution, style, and format of the studies are being left to the discretion of each group. The objective of each course of study is to provide foundational teachings of the Christian faith… with the objective of life change.
Life Group Format
Group size, 6-15 people
Duration of group: 1 year, renewable as the group desires
Duration of meeting: Targeted to be about 1 hour 30 minutes
Location: Where ever works best, church, home, picnic table…
Start time: Selected by each group based on what meets their needs
General Meeting Schedule
Fellowship with refreshments – 20 minutes
Sharing – 10 minutes
Prayer – 10 minutes
Study – 30 minutes
Discussion – 20 minutes
Each group needs to understand that growth is anticipated. Groups are expected to remain “open” to new people joining. Over time any given group may need to divide into two groups. This is natural, expected, and a part of healthy organic growth.
Additional: Each group is encouraged to take up a service project on a periodic basis. The projects could include:
• Work around the church
• Service work for members of our congregation who need help
• Service projects in townThe only limit is your own imagination
Where to Start
We are currently exploring the need for additional life groups. Are you interested in joining an existing group, or being a part of a new one? Simply express an interest to Pastor John or one of the Elders.