GROWTH GROUPS FAQ'S
How Important Are Growth Groups?
The growth groups is the hub of our ministry. They are the place where the real ministry of the church takes place as we encourage, support, and challenge one another. God doesn’t want any of us to be left to walk alone – we need each other. We want to be a church, not a crowd!
What Is a Growth Group?
A growth group is made up of 10‑12 people who meet weekly to study, to share, and to support one another in their Christian lives. Each group will be led by a trained leader and host or host couple. A typical meeting would last for an hour, followed by light refreshments. Some groups may choose to also spend some time in singing and worship.
How Long Does A Group Last?
Each Growth Group session lasts 10 or 11 weeks. Basically, the year will be broken into 4 quarters or sessions. At the end of each quarter, you have the choice of staying in the same group, or trying a new group. We encourage groups to stay together throughout the entire year. Groups would not meet in the months of June through August.
Which Group Should I Join?
We suggest you join a group based on your “station in life” rather than on geography or the most convenient night of the week. It is a proven fact that relationship work best when people share common interests, backgrounds, marital status or similar aged children. Frankly, sometimes it might take two or three groups before you find the perfect fit. But don’t worry, you’ll find it!
What Is The Required Commitment?
Joining a Growth Group requires a 10 to 11‑week commitment to attend the weekly meetings and to do the homework ahead of time. Obviously, allowances are made for sickness, vacation, work conflicts, and other special events...but not much more! Remember that your commitment is the key to strong relationships and healthy groups.
What About Childcare?
We leave it up to each family to work out their own childcare. Sometimes it might work best for families to share a sitter or to swap childcare with another family whose group meets on a different evening or time.
What Will We Study?
The studies are based on the previous weekend’s sermon. Growth Groups will be built upon what the “Lecture‑Lab” model. If you imagine the weekend sermon as a lecture on Christian living, then the group meeting is a lab where you get to roll up your sleeves and discuss how the sermon works out in real life.
Each week there will be a series of Bible passages and questions to study and complete before your meeting. The homework is included on the back of the sermon note sheet found in your bulletin. It will usually take 20 to 30 minutes to complete the homework.
How Do I Sign Up?
Church wide sign‑ups begin at the start of each new session (in September, January, and March). You can also sign up before or after any weekend worship service or by calling the church office. Our Growth Group staff will be happy to help you find just the right group for you. Those who are new to the church (start attending in the middle of a session) can sign up and join any group that has openings without waiting for the start of a new session.
When and Where Do These Groups Meet?
Growth Groups would meet on various days and nights of the week in homes throughout the community. Some groups may choose to meet at the church even though they are called “Home Fellowships!” For example “Special Interest” and “Recovery” groups.
What Is A “Special Interest” Growth Group?
Special Interest groups will use a different curriculum for their studies (their focus can include everything from marriage enrichment materials to Bible study methods, parenting issues or financial freedom etc). Other Special Interest groups are bound together by a common station in life such as singles, newly marrieds, parents of teens, seniors, college students etc.
What Is A “Recovery” Growth Group?
Recovery groups provide a safe place for emotional and spiritual healing. These groups deal with tough issues, old hurts, broken relationships and destructive patterns within an atmosphere of honesty, acceptance, openness and encouragement. There will be some Recovery Groups sessions that the content and issues being dealt with are led by professional counselors and are more therapeutic in nature. They will include topics like Overcoming Sexual Temptation, Marriage Renovation, Setting Boundaries, Healing Wounds of Sexual Abuse, and Changes That Heal.