Frequently Asked Questions About Grow Groups
Common questions about doing life together throughout the week.
What does a Grow Group look like?
We believe sustained life change happens best in Grow Groups. A Grow Group is made up of four to five married couples or 10 to 12 individuals that meet together throughout the week in homes in our community or classrooms on the church campuses.
It is in a Grow Group where you study God’s Word together and are in a setting in which you can tackle the tough questions and challenges of life. You will find Grow Groups to be a comfortable place where you can connect with and share life with others who are encountering God.
How much of my time is this going to take?
Grow Group meetings last approximately 1.5 hours each—thirty minutes for snacking, eating, and hanging out; one hour for Bible Study. As Grow Group members begin to develop community, they most likely will want to spend even more time together.
What are we going to do with our children during Grow Group?
During the first half hour of the meeting they hang out with the entire group. During Bible Study groups have various childcare solutions—hire a sitter for the group, have another home near the host home with a parent keeping them, adults rotate keeping the kids in a bonus room, use childcare provided during regular activities at the church, etc.
Will there be homework?
Most Grow Group studies will not have mandatory homework. Occasionally there will be optional support resources such as devotions, podcasts, online lessons, and so forth.
Am I going to have to talk or can I just sit and listen during meetings?
Grow Groups are like family – sometimes you talk, sometimes you listen. No one is forced to talk or to lead the group. As the group develops, people become much more comfortable. We have discovered that people who seldom speak up in large groups will talk in Grow Groups.
Will I have to pray out loud?
No. Again, you are allowed to move, grow, at your own pace. When you want to share a prayer concern or pray out loud, you will be encouraged to do so.
Who else is going to be in the group?
Grow Groups are formed by the leader inviting friends, neighbors or acquaintances to be a part of a Grow Group for six weeks. At the end of the 6 weeks each person can choose to continue with the group or not. This allows you time to try a Grow Group, but you also have the assurance that there is a comfortable way out.
How much do I have to know about the Bible?
None. Grow Groups are all about learning the Bible not debating it or being tested on it. There will be seasons when all Grow Groups will study curriculum that coincides with the sermon series. This is when the greatest personal spiritual growth happens. This is reason enough to want to be in a Grow Group.
How many weeks or months is this group going to last?
Initially, Grow Groups agree to meet for six weeks. Grow Group is like family, some of them last for years; others multiply and start new groups in 12 to 18 months. We expect all Grow Groups to have a leader and an apprentice leader. As the group grows, it will be the apprentice leader who begins a new group.
If I don’t like it, can I leave without people being mad at me?
Yes, but most people build such community that they do not want to stop being part of the Grow Group.
What are we going to be doing during the meetings?
Most meetings last about 1.5 hours. There is 30 minutes for social, fellowship, eating, snacking time; building community. Then there is an hour of Bible Study where the group learns from the Bible and discusses the lesson. There is always time for prayer and sharing of life issues where others in your group can help you walk through life and not be alone.
Are there Grow Group options available on-campus?
Yes. There is limited space available for Grow Groups to meet. The Grow Group strategy improves interpersonal relationships and helps us move from being a facility-based to a community-based church.
We already have seen people who would never attend church get involved in off-campus Grow Groups. Some of those people are in the process of becoming church members. We also are concerned about the spiritual growth of people who are serving in others areas of ministry. By having Grow Groups available throughout the week, those people can serve without having to sacrifice their personal growth.