Top 10 questions about lifegroups
1. How much time is this going to take?
Lifegroup gatherings are usually 1.5 hours long, with approximately 20-30 minutes of snacks and hang-out time and 60 minutes of group Bible study. During our Spring and Fall Terms, groups meet weekly for 12-14 weeks. During our Summer Term, groups typically meet every other week during the 12-14 week Term.
2. What does a typical Lifegroup Term look like?
Each year, Lifepoint has 3 Lifegroup Terms. These terms last 12-14 weeks with a 4-5 week Term Break in between each term. Terms are January to April, May to August, and September to December. During each term, a group will meet for Bible study and group discussion a majority of the time, however, each term every group participates in at least one hangout night (i.e. – bowling, dinner, movie, game night, cookout, etc.) and at least one serving opportunity through our Serve the City Partnerships.
3. What are we going to do with our children during Lifegroup?
Bring your children with you. During the adult’s Bible discussion time, nearly all of our groups have a special time for the children called Lifegroup Kids. The groups that have Wildlife are identified in the Lifegroup catalog (available on Sunday mornings at Guest Central). During Lifegroup Kids, kids will enjoy their time together as much as the adults do, with age-appropriate Bible study, games, and fun. All of the adults in the group rotate the responsibility for facilitating this time on a weekly basis. If you are nervous about facilitating it, you will be paired with a group member that is experienced.
4. Will there be homework? If so, how much?
Every group uses a different study each term. Some studies are video-based, some are book-based, and some are Sunday-sermon based. We want everyone in our Lifegroups to feel invited and challenged. We trust our trained Lifegroup leaders to know how much homework is appropriate for their group. If you are concerned about homework, simply ask the group leader about it when you inquire about the group. Groups that do have homework during a specific term understand that people are busy, and will give one another grace when homework hasn't been completed.
5. Am I going to have to talk or can I just sit and listen during meetings?
Lifegroup is like family – sometimes you talk, sometimes you listen. No one is forced to talk or to lead the group. We all move at a different pace and you are allowed to do just that. To get the most out of the group, we encourage everyone to share and discuss as they feel comfortable, because the more discussion that takes place within the group, the better the learning and growth.
6. Will I have to pray out loud? How much do I need to know about the Bible?
No. Again, you are allowed to move and grow at your own pace. If the time comes in your life that you feel you want to voice a prayer request, that will be well received. If the time comes when you would like to lead in prayer, that will also be well received. Also, Lifegroup is about learning the Bible, not debating it, or being tested on it. Simply come with an open heart and a willingness to learn.
7. Who else is going to be in the group?
Our target group size is 12-14 adults, with some groups also having children. Some groups are larger, some groups are smaller. At Lifepoint, we encourage intergenerational groups, where people of all ages and life stages share life together, learning from one another’s life experiences and perspectives. When inquiring about a group, simply ask the group leader about the group participants and he/she will be able to tell you who is in the group.
8. Will I always be in the same Lifegroup from term to term?
If you are joining your very first Lifegroup, we encourage you to explore a few different groups before settling into a group consistently. Each group has its own style and personality. Once you find the group you want to be a part of, we want you to consistently attend that group and form long-lasting friendships from term to term. All of our groups are encouraged to multiply along the way. Multiplication is when a group grows to a larger size, and the group leader will ask the co-leader to multiply the group into 2 groups for the purpose of creating opportunities for new people who want to join groups. We celebrate this process because we retain friendships from the multiplied group and have the opportunity to create brand new friendships too!
9. If I don’t like it, can I leave without people being mad at me?
Yes, but most people build such a community that they do not want to stop being part of the Lifegroup. Most people find that their Lifegroup becomes extended family to them and they look forward to sharing life with one another. If you do leave a group, contact Pastor Bryan for assistance connecting with a new group.
10. I want to get connected to a Lifegroup. What is the best way to do that?
You can connect with Lifegroups in one of two ways. The easiest way is to complete the Lifegroup Interest Form, or you can contact our Executive Pastor, Bryan Wolf, and he will help you find a group that is right for you.