The truth of the matter is that if we want to grow up in our faith, and mature as followers of Jesus we need to spend time with other Christians. None of us can walk the journey of faith alone, and simply attending church on Sunday’s isn’t enough “spiritual food” to sustain us for life. The scriptures encourage us to meet together, to pray for one another, and to help in meeting one another’s needs. This is why Life Groups, are an integral part of how we do church.
What is a Life Group? It is a group of people who meet together for fellowship, support, and discipleship. Each life group consists of families and individuals who gather regularly for the purpose of becoming fully devoted followers of Christ. Many of our groups are intergenerational, and most range in size from 6 – 15 people.
Why should I be part of a Life Group? Simply put, “we need one another.” God made us that way. He designed us 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 people will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34-35).
When and where do Life Groups meet? Each group meets at a time and place that is convenient for the whole group. Ideally Life Groups meet weekly in someone’s home. Developing significant relationships takes time and consistency—that’s why we encourage groups to meet regularly. Groups meet on a variety of different nights and at different times.
What about the kids? Each group will need to work out their plans for how to include children. Some groups meet part of the time only as adults and choose to have special nights where everyone is included. Other groups have kids participate all the time.
What do Life Groups discuss or study together? Every Life Group is encouraged to begin with getting to know one another. We encourage them to share their life stories and to discover what it means to be part of a community. After that the pastoral staff will provide materials that a group can use. After a time, groups are welcome to study topics which are relevant and of interest to them. Again, the staff is willing and ready to help resource groups and help them final suitable material.
What is the life expectancy of a Life Group? Every group will be different however we encourage groups to commit to meeting for one year. After this they are encouraged to have a discussion and decide whether to commit for an additional period of time, and to give members a change to transition into another group if that seems best. Many of our groups decide to remain together after their first year.
Who leads the Life Group? Each group will have a point person or family who communicate with the church regularly. However, the group will need to decide how it will be led from gathering to gathering. Most groups take turns among families preparing and leading their spiritual focus time.
If you would like more information on the Life Groups at LCBC, please email Pastor Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org