What is a Life Group? Life Groups are about friends sharing their lives with each other and forming close relationships. It’s where you learn how to serve others in practical ways and collectively make disciples of Jesus. Life Groups suggested size consist of 6 to 10 members (3 to 5 married couples) that meet twice per month outside of their Bible Fellowship (BF). There are four ultimate goals of a Life Group: Fellowship, Care, Discipleship, and Encouragement.
Fellowship is the first step in establishing a Life Group. Your group will begin meeting together for refreshments or a meal. During these fellowships, your members will be getting to know each other in order to establish Christian friendships that will last a lifetime.
After your group has met several times for fellowship, you will then begin the second step in the Life Group process – Care. Follow the steps on the Life Groups Game Plan to begin organizing your group for the needs that will arise.
Discipleship involves our conviction, character, and conduct. A disciple of Jesus is a person who is following Christ (conviction), is being changed by Christ (character), and is committed to the mission of Christ (conduct). Jesus said, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Discipleship happens when we pour out into each other’s lives what God has placed into our own. Are you growing stronger in your relationship with the Lord? Are you being used by God to nurture the faith of other believers? Are you helping others to know and love the Lord? Do you seize opportunities to be taught by other believers?
This final step in the Life Group process usually takes many months to achieve. Encouragement in a Life Group should be same-gender groups: 5 men/5 women. These same-gender groups can meet anytime and just about anywhere. For best results, they should meet weekly.