"And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” 2 Timothy 2:2
What Are Grow Groups?
Grow groups, also known as a small group or community group, is a small gathering of church members who come together regularly (typically weekly) to build relationships, study the Bible, and grow spiritually. These groups typically consist of 6 to 12 people (no more than 16 preferably) and meet at the church building or other locations.
The purpose of a church grow group is to create a more intimate and supportive setting where members can connect with each other on a deeper level and grow in their faith. Members of the group may participate in Bible studies, discuss relevant topics, pray together, and engage in outreach efforts to serve their community.
Church growth groups often provide a sense of belonging and community for members, who may find it challenging to connect with others in a larger church setting. By participating in a grow group, members can develop meaningful relationships with others who share their faith and values, which can help to strengthen their relationship with God and their sense of purpose within the church community.
What Are The Benefits?
One of the key benefits of church grow groups is the opportunity for members to build meaningful relationships with other believers. In a smaller, more intimate setting, members can share their life experiences, struggles, and victories with one another. They can pray for each other, encourage each other, and provide support during challenging times. This sense of community and fellowship can be incredibly valuable for members who may feel isolated or disconnected in a larger church setting.
Another important aspect of church growth groups is the opportunity for members to grow spiritually. Members may participate in Bible studies or other types of group discussions focused on specific topics or themes. These discussions can help members to deepen their understanding of the Bible and their faith, and provide opportunities for members to ask questions, share insights, and learn from one another.
Additionally, church grow groups can provide opportunities for members to serve others and engage in outreach efforts. Members may participate in service projects, volunteer at local organizations, or organize events to reach out to their community. These activities can help members to put their faith into action and make a positive impact in the lives of others.
Overall, church grow groups are an important part of many church communities. They provide a space for members to connect with one another, grow in their faith, and serve others.
Who Are The Leaders/Teachers?
Typically, the church requires grow group leaders to be members of the church who are spiritually mature, have received training, may have undergone a background check, and commit to leading the group for a specific period of time while being held accountable. Most groups have a leader and a backup.
What Should I Expect?
At their first church grow group meeting, a person can expect to meet other members of the group and the leader, participate in icebreakers and introductions, discuss the purpose and goals of the group, learn about the format and schedule of the meetings, and possibly begin a study or discussion on a topic related to the focus of the group. The atmosphere is usually welcoming and friendly, with an emphasis on building relationships and growing in faith together.
How Do I Get Started?
You can contact the pastor after any church service and he would be glad to talk to you about what group would be a good fit for you. Some groups are age specific and others meet on different days to accommodate different schedules. Most of the adult groups use the same curriculum for every group. The Grow Kids and Grow students curriculum are age specific and use different curriculum.
What Are The Different Available Groups?
Grow groups for adults are offered at the church:
How Long Do Groups Last?
Most groups usually last either 4 weeks or 6 weeks. There is a short break after the group ends. New groups launch every time we start a group semester (Fall, Spring & Summer). At that time, you can join the same group, find a new one, or could possibly lead one yourself.