Every Life Group Is …
Life Group serves a purpose deeper than the need for strategic pastoral care, more significant than the human soul’s desire for socialization, and greater than the joy of fun, food, and fellowship. The common denominator in Life Group is our shared experience in the Christian faith. Life Group has no higher purpose than the encouragement we offer each other in our walk with God and experiencing Him in the context of biblical community. First and foremost, Life Group is spiritual.
Our goal in Life Group is to build authentic, biblical community where we laugh together, cry together, rejoice with one another, and share “all things” in common. When someone has a need, the group rallies. When someone receives a promotion, the group celebrates. As Paul describes in Ephesians 4, we aim to “build up the body of Christ until we all attain to the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God.”
Every person on earth has a deep longing to belong—to be loved and accepted. God has also given to every person a unique set of gifts, talents, interests, and abilities. A Life Group environment that encourages personal transformation considers these two deep personal needs and strives to be inclusive. This means, first of all, that every person belongs—every person can be invited; every visitor is welcomed; and everyone has a place in the group. Secondly, every person has something to contribute, whether in discussion, outreach, ministry time, etc. Every member is a minister.
Research has shown that Life Groups with an outward focus are the healthiest of groups. Our unified pursuit in the church is both the Great Commandment (to love God and love people) and the Great Commission (to tell the world about Jesus). We need ministry both “within” the group and ministry “out” of the group.
The Life Group ministry, by far, provides the greatest opportunity for equipping, empowering, and releasing leaders in the church. In order to make room for more people, more disciples, more world-changers … we must be in the business of raising up leaders. Healthy ministry is constantly multiplying.