WHY JOIN A GROUP?
Our Groups are the lifeblood of our church. They are where the real growth happens! Groups are where we come together as brothers and sisters and do life together. We support each other; we challenge each other; we grow together. We invite you to join a group and begin experiencing real relationship!
WHAT TO EXPECT/GROUP GUIDELINES
THIS IS A SAFE GROUP – We will all do our part to create an environment where everyone can be real, open and honest with their struggles and victories
CONFIDENTIALITY IS KEY – What is said in the group stays in the group
NO CROSSTALK – Crosstalk is a conversation that leaves others out / No side conversations / Listen while others are speaking (if you want to explore more of what someone said, call or talk to them afterwards. This also builds relationship outside of the group time)
NO FIXING OR RESCUING – We are not here to fix each other, Jesus does that part / Give encouragement, speak truth, point to Jesus / Life is a journey, allow people to struggle – grow
CREATE OPPORTUNITY FOR EVERYONE TO SHARE – Be sensitive about the amount of time you share / Allow time for others to be a part of the discussion, don’t be a first responder
USE “I” VS. “WE” OR “THEM” STATEMENTS – This is a time for us as individuals to grow / Work on honesty, transparency, authenticity
BE COMMITTED TO RESOLVE CONFLICT BIBLICALLY – As humans we will need to extend grace to one another. Conflict is not bad, but an opportunity for growth. We are all being changed to be more like Jesus so conflict and change are part of the journey.
Here are some key scriptures to refer to:
– If someone sins against you. (Matthew 18:15-20) – Restoring someone in sin. (Galatians 6:1-5)
– Forgive a sinner. (Colossians 3:12-13)
– Reconciling differences. (Matthew 5:23-24)
HOUSE RULES – (slightly different in each home) – Honor group start and end times / Kid safety guidelines and clean up.