What Is a LifeGroup?
LifeGroups are the heartbeat of Bethany. As our church grows, it’s easy to get lost in the crowd. LifeGroups are the key component that helps us remain small in the midst of growing large. LifeGroups are small groups that meet in homes to study the Bible and meet each other’s needs by “doing life together.” Not only are LifeGroups a great way to develop lasting friendships, they are also an amazing way to grow closer to God. We’re about spiritual growth and transformation. It we’re not doing this, we’ve missed our calling as a church. We feel that the primary environment where growth and “becoming like Christ” can happen in our lives is in a small group. LifeGroups are designed as a way to experience the Christian life to the fullest as we study the Bible together, apply its truth to our lives, and support each other in Christ.
We firmly believe that LifeGroups are the primary place through which sustained life change and transformation occur. LifeGroups give you an opportunity to express and grow in your love for others and “live life together.” Our process for developing disciples is to create environments where people can “Love God, Love Others, and Serve the World.” LifeGroups become the primary vehicle where people can “Love Others” and be loved in return.
What’s the Purpose?
LifeGroups exist to help us grow together as disciples. The purpose of LifeGroups is to promote healthy relationships, Bible study, and authentic Christian community. We believe that significant relationships are essential for a Christian for both growth and discipleship. As our church grows larger, we must grow smaller. We’re committed to the ABC’s of LifeGroups: Accountability, Belonging, Care, Discipleship.
What Exactly Is a LifeGroup?
A LifeGroup is a small group of six married couples, or 8-10 individuals (mixed group of married and individuals or 8-10 individuals of the same gender). Groups will be encouraged to meet weekly in someone’s home for fellowship, Bible study, prayer and accountability.
Is Childcare Provided for LifeGroups?
Many parents are most comfortable leaving their children with familiar childcare providers at their home, assuring homework gets done and bedtime is honored; however, many groups may offer childcare for a fee during LifeGroup time. If childcare is needed, be sure to confirm with the group facilitator that they have childcare before singing up with their group.
What If I Try a Group and It’s Not For Me?
We’re aware that you may land in a group that may not mesh just right for you. If it’s not a good fit, you can go back to the pool and try another LifeGroup. The LifeGroup Leadership Team will assist in trying to help everyone get into a group as new leaders are available.
How Do I Join?
Personal Invite: Someone who is leading or participating in a group may personally invite you to join their group.
LifeGroup Signup: You may sign up at the Welcome Center or call the church office to let us know you are interested at 765-643-5713.