What does a typical Growth Group meeting look like?
From start to end time, your typical Growth Group meeting will include time to eat, learn God’s Word, and pray together, bringing together our distinctives of relational, intentional and missional community. A shared meal helps us foster a relational environment, the discussion around God’s Word, the intentional focus on Christ, and the prayer time helps us prepare for a week of missional living as we pray for one another, for our non-Christian friends, and for ways we can reach out to our communities.
What is the curriculum?
Each new group that forms goes through a three week training on the purpose, essentials, and commitments of Growth Groups. In the weeks following, group members will REAP a passage of the Bible together (REAP is an acronym that stands for Read, Examine, Apply and Pray a passage of scripture). This reproducible way of approaching the Bible helps group members grow in their understanding of scripture and gives them an easy way to read the Bible with others. Groups use the REAP method to discuss and apply the Sunday sermon series or focus on other books or issues in the Bible. At times, supplementary curriculum will be used to help groups grow in their understanding and sharing of the gospel and of how the gospel shapes their community.
What else do Growth Groups do?
Intentional, Relational, Missional living doesn’t stop when the group time ends. Group members spend time together during the week in coffee shops, in each other’s homes, and by using technology to keep in touch. Basically, we encourage groups to live out everyday life together whenever possible. Each semester groups will determine in their 3rd or 4th meeting who they can serve and bless with a missional outreach.
What kinds of groups are there?
We have men’s groups, women’s groups, and mixed groups, made up of all ages and life situations. Contact Adult Ministries or reach out to any of our Growth Group leaders for more information about what group might be best for you.
How long do groups meet?
Growth Groups meet from September to December for the first semester and then late January to the end of June for the second semester. A Growth Group will often multiply after a year together with some staying and some going out to form a new group. Some may opt to join a different Growth Group or even try out a different community at West Park after a semester or year. It’s an exciting but also bittersweet time when groups multiply and not something that can be forced. We believe that the Holy Spirit will help group leaders and members know when the time has come for some to leave and start a new group.