A Closer Look At Life Groups

Not all groups are exactly the same.  But here's a quick gist of a typical Life Group night... You may also notice the "ish" factor.  This is a general idea of how the time might go.

6:55-7:15ish

Everyone arrives and hangs out. It's a great time to catch up and to see how everyone's been since the previous meeting. Someone brings a snack and this ends up being a time to nosh on something yummy and to chat.

 

7:20-8:00ish

Next, everyone finds a seat. The group leader might open in prayer, share an announcement if there is one, or they might start with an ice-breaker question to help everyone get to know each other.

Then it's time to delve into the "Intersect" questions. Each week there is a set of notes that go along with that Sunday's message. The first page is "fill-in-the-blank" notes. No need to overthink the fill-ins, they are already filled in online, and shown during the message. The "Intersect" questions are questions to ponder after hearing the message and before we meet as a group. They are designed to help us ponder how to "intersect" what we've learned in the message with our everyday lives. The idea is not to just hear the message one time but to allow it to help us grow in our understanding of who God is and how we are called to respond. During this time in our Life Groups we talk, encourage, and sometimes grapple together with these questions.

 

8:00-8:30ish

Around 8:00 most groups start to transition into two groups... guys and gals. We separate for a time of more chatting and to pray for each other. The night officially ends around 8:30ish... but often we still haven't chatted enough. So the night usually ends with eating the last few crumbs and connecting some more.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Life Groups are made up of 6-12 people who gather once a week at a host home for about 2 hours. We run 3 sessions a year for about 8-10 weeks each: one in the fall, one in the winter, and one in the spring. (September-November; January-March; March-May). We ask that people make it a top priority to meet each week. Without this type of commitment, a group cannot build trust and a sense of connection. Other than a work commitment, vacation, or sickness, we desire people to be there weekly.

Besides showing up each week... we desire for each person to grow in our knowledge of who God is and how to respond to Him. The best way to do this is by completing the "Intersect" fill-ins and reviewing the questions each week and coming prepared to participate. By engaging in the message and sharing, we all benefit.

We purposely have three semesters for people to have "on" ramps and "off" ramps. At the end of each semester people can choose to continue with their group or switch to a new group. We always encourage people to finish a semester before switching.

Because Life Groups are designed for adults, we ask each family to take care of child care so there are no distractions. Nursing mothers would be the exception. If you have a difficult time finding child care, please contact your life group leader.