Why do Life Groups exist?
Life groups is the small group ministry of Alive Church. Our Life Groups have one, simple purpose: to bring people together. We believe God created us to live in relationship with others and only then can we live the full life He intends for us. Sharing life through community is part of our design, but meaningful relationships aren’t always easy to find. That’s why life groups exist—to make these life-changing relationships relevant and accessible to you.
What are Life Groups?
A life group is an intentional gathering of people where you can connect with others on a regular basis who share your interests, who are at a similar stage in life, or who have experience in an area where you would like coaching.
Why should I join a Life Group?
It is through doing life together that our problems become smaller and God uses others to bring healing, support and encouragement to our lives—whether we realize we need it or not. Your life group will quickly become a place where others don’t just know your name, but care about what is happening in your life.
Leading a Life Group
Leading a life group isn’t about being perfect; it’s simply about serving others. Our life group leaders help serve our church family by giving people a place to connect. Hosting a group is simple—simply choose a topic or activity that interests you, select the time and location to meet, and then begin sharing it with others. We promise to resource you by giving you the essential tools you will need to make your life group successful.
One resource is our Leadership Training where we will help you learn all you need to know about leading a small group, and you’ll realize that it’s not nearly as hard or as daunting as it may have seemed before. We also have an online directory where you can register your group so that others can easily find it sign-up to be a part of it.
We truly believe that people’s lives are changed one semester at a time by moving one step toward Christ, and as a life group leader you get to play an important role in that process. Smaller groups is where genuine friendships are made, and where real discipleship takes place.
Interested in leading?
If you have not already attended all four steps of the Growth Track and the Life Group Leadership Training, then you ought to make plans to attend both so that you will be equipped to lead well. If you don’t know what group you want to lead yet, feel free to connect with our life groups team.
We’d love to see you launch a life group today! Stop by the Information Hub on Sunday morning to talk to one of our church leaders about launching a new group.
1. WHAT HAPPENS AT A LIFE GROUP MEETING?
You’ve probably seen life groups meeting and not even realized it. A life group looks like friends at lunch, teams playing basketball, or people studying a book or topic of interest. At its core, a life group is a small gathering of people, and it is less about what you do and more about who you do it with. By participating in life groups, you can expect to connect with others through a common activity, engage in life giving conversation and request prayer.
2. HOW OFTEN DOES A LIFE GROUP MEET?
Our life groups meet for three semesters a year—winter/spring, summer, and fall. During the semester, most groups meet once a week. Life groups are meant to bring meaning and community into the flow of your life so even if you can’t attend every, single meeting, there is still great value in joining a life group.
3. WHERE DO LIFE GROUPS MEET?
Life groups meet in places like homes, parks, restaurants, coffee shops and office buildings. The leader of the life group selects a meeting spot that best fits the purpose of the group. Life groups happen throughout the region all week long.
4. HOW LONG DOES A TYPICAL GROUP STAY TOGETHER?
Most life groups meet for a semester. This way, new people can join groups easily and regularly. Also, the semester format allows you to try multiple groups each year. As relationships form, some groups choose to stay together for consecutive semesters, but new members are always welcome.
5. IS THERE CHILDCARE AVAILABLE?
Childcare varies from group to group. When you search our directory for a group, the group profile will indicate if childcare is available.
6. WHAT IF I DON’T LIKE THE FIRST GROUP I TRY?
The truth is, not everyone will find the best fit with the first group they try. This is why we encourage you to select a few groups that interest you, contact the leaders and try out a couple different groups before choosing the best one for you. The simple strategy to finding success in small groups is to not give up. We believe there is a group that is right for everyone—including you!