1. What is a Life Group?
Most of our Life Groups are made up of 6 to 14 people who want to grow spiritually and connect with some friends who are going in the same direction. Sometimes the best description is simply a group of people who are like you and are looking for a way to become more like Christ. They're not stuffy. In fact, there's no better place to meet some people who really want to live life to the fullest.
2. Are all Life Groups the same?
The short answer: NO! At GPCC our goal is to develop all kinds of groups, because we have all kinds of people. We have groups for married couples, empty nesters, newlywed couples, single adults, single parents, men's groups, and women's groups.
3. Why should I join a Life Group?
Life Groups are one of the best ways to get plugged in and meet people at Grace Point. They provide an environment where people can develop friendships and strengthen one another spiritually. Through the discussions involved in Life Groups, you will be able to understand the Bible better and see how it applies to your life. Life Groups open the door for support and encouragement through all seasons of life.
4. Do I have to be a member of GPCC to join a Life Group?
5. How often does a Life Group meet?
Each group is different, but most of them meet bi-weekly.
6. Am I going to have to talk or can I just sit and listen during meetings?
A Life Group 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’re allowed to do just that.
7. Will I have to pray out loud?
No. Again, you’re allowed to move and grow at your own pace. If the time comes in your life where you feel you want to voice a prayer request, that’s well-received. If the time comes when you’d like to lead in prayer, that is also well-received.
8. What happens at a Life Group meeting?
Within each group, there are some common denominators. Groups have a time for just hanging out, eating something light, talking about the week and what's going on in life. For some, the central component is a study of the previous Sunday’s message. The questions are intended to generate discussions that help people have a deeper understanding of God’s Word and apply it to their daily lives. Lastly, we encourage a time of prayer for those in the group to encourage and ask the Lord to make His will clear.
9. Where do the Life Groups meet?
Most of our groups meet in homes.
10. Is there childcare available?
Every group deals with this issue in its own way. Some of the groups go in together and make arrangements for a baby sitter or take turns watching the children. Other groups require each participant to make their own arrangements.
11. How much do I have to know about the Bible?
None. Life Group is about learning the Bible, not debating it or being tested on it. The discussion is centered on the message from Sunday morning’s service or another topic or study. Because of that, you can attend a Life Group already up to speed and ready to enjoy your time together.
12. How many weeks or months is this group going to last?
Life Group is like family, some of them last for years; others multiply and start new groups in 12 to 18 months.
13. If I don’t like it, can I leave without people being mad at me?
Yes, but most people build such community that they don’t want to stop being part of the Life Group. However, anyone is welcome to move on from a group at any time or try multiple groups before fully committing.
14. What if there is no available open group for my stage of life?
Consider starting a new group by becoming a leader yourself.
Call 503.639.3913 for more information.