Community Groups FAQ

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share with Email Share
How do I find a Community Group?

Creating clear simplified steps for adults to connect to Community Groups is the goal and purpose of the Community GroupLink Events.

How do groups add additional group members?

When a group is looking for members, we encourage group members to look at their existing relationships first − friends, neighbors, etc.  After that we encourage them to go to a GroupLink Event.

What type of Community Groups are there?

Married Couples: Groups comprised of married couples in the same stage of life and possibly the same area of town.
Men’s and Women’s: Men and women can join same-gender groups.

How long should I expect to commit to a Community Group?

The projected life cycle of a Community Group is one year to two. The first eight weeks are a formation time, and members are encouraged to determine if this is a good fit during that period of time.

How do groups choose curriculum?

Our leaders have access to the study accompanying the sermon series and other choices and resources on our curriculum list. Our goal is that through their choices they will grow in three vital relationships: Life with God, community with believers, and impact in the world.

What criterion is used to place people in Community Groups?

New people typically look to connect to a new Community Group for the first time with the following criteria.

• Stage of life (i.e. married with kids, married with no kids, married empty nesters, single males or single females)
• Area of town
• Night of the week
• Group’s start and end date

People are placed in married group based on their marital status. Do you offer other group opportunities for those who are not married?

The gender specific groups are created for those of that gender that may be married, single, divorced, or widowed. They may have a spouse uninterested in joining a group. As a result women/men receive informal mentoring by having six-eight individuals speak into their lives and offer encouragement rather than only one as in a traditional mentoring program.

People are not placed in groups with mixed seasons of life (single adults and married couples), why?

It is more difficult for a leader to create a predictable environment with single adults and married couples together in the same group. The disparity in life circumstances limits the accountability that is possible or appropriate in a mixed season of life group. We recognize the value of relationships with married people in the lives of single adults and encourage all our single adults to personally pursue these relationships through other opportunities in the church such as in serving teams.