A LIFEgroup is 5 to 12 people who gather regularly to encourage and challenge one another to grow spiritually and connect with some friends who are going in the same direction. Sometimes the best description is simply a group of people who want to make some friends and become more like Christ. LIFEgroups are typically organized by age and life stage. They meet in homes at various times during the week. Bible study is an important aspect of the group meetings. Fellowship and service are also important. LIFE stands for "learn," "involve," "fellowship" and "evangelism." Each member of a LIFEgroup is encouraged to be engaged in these four marks of a believer.
10 Things You Should Know About LIFEgroups
1. You don't have to sign up before you go.
2. You will learn and discuss the Bible on a personal level.
3. You don’t have to know much about the Bible.
4. There is a place for everyone in the family.
5. You don’t have to talk if you don’t want to.
6. There’s one that fits your schedule and needs.
7. You won’t be asked to pray out loud.
8. We’ll help you find one.
9. We encourage you to try more than one.
10. You’ll make friends in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.
Why do I need to be part of a LIFEgroup?
Simply put, “we need one another.” God made us that way. He designed us to be His personal agents to encourage, challenge, and care for one another. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34-35). More specifically, you will make some new friends and connect as part of a community rather than just being a face in the crowd, you will grow spiritually and more Christ-like and finally you get the opportunity to engage with others on their spiritual journey.
When and where do LIFEgroups meet?
Most of our groups meet in homes. A few of our groups meet in local restaurants, office buildings, or at the church. They meet at a time and place that is convenient for the whole group. Ideally LIFEgroups meet weekly in someone’s home. Developing significant relationships takes time and consistency—that’s why we encourage groups to meet every week.
What if I don't like the first group I try?
We want to encourage you to give the group you try a couple visits. Anytime you're trying something new, it may need to grow on you. In addition, it may take a couple of times to begin to feel like you're in the right place. But at the same time, we want you to find a group that fits you! So don't be afraid to get a second opinion if you don't really feel good about the group you try.
What about childcare?
Every group deals with this issue in its own way. Some of the groups go in together and make arrangements for a baby sitter, some groups are kid-friendly, some groups provide childcare for everyone, while others may ask each person to make their own arrangements. If childcare is a financial barrier to being part of a LIFEgroup, discuss this with your LIFEgroup Leader or one of the Elders.
What do LIFEgroups discuss or study together?
LIFEgroups are encouraged to follow the weekly sermon discussion questions designed specifically for LIFEgroups. As needed, groups can choose from a number of recommended curriculum options to address specific areas for continued transformation, building relationships and equipping for service.
How do I get into a group?
(1) Click on one of the tabs above, find a group that suits you, show up at the meeting
(2) Request information using the tear off card in the Sunday bulletin.
(3) See Rob Dupree or Clint Wells after church service and they will help get you plugged into a group today.
(4) Click the sign up tab above and sign up right now!
Can I start my own group?
Yes. We love it when people are interested in leading or hosting a group of their own, and we are always in need of new groups.
What is the role of a LIFEgroup leader?
LIFEgroup leaders are responsible for providing their groups direction, and support (the LIFEgroup leader is a guide, an example, and a servant) they do not need to be Bible experts or teachers. Leaders are successful when they are personally growing in their intimacy with God, within the Church community, growing as a positive influence with those outside the Church, and are leading their groups in such a way as to encourage the group members’ growth in these areas as well.
What are the qualifications to become a LIFEgroup leader?
Spiritually warm—have a personal, growing relationship with Jesus Christ
Relationally warm—have good social skills and emotional intelligence
Recognize the Bible as the authority in their lives
Have LIFEgroup (or any small group ministry) experience (preferably)
Is a member of Epiphany
Has the time, emotional capacity, and moral discernment to lead a group
Is Training Available for LIFEgroup leaders?
Yes. Rob Dupree (firstname.lastname@example.org) is happy to set you up with an online training course whenever you would like.