Growth Groups are the next step after KNOW in our discipleship process!
Growth Groups are the next step after KNOW in our discipleship process. Spiritual growth is stunted when Christians think that the Christian life only consists of one hour of Worship on Sunday morning. Spiritual growth happens in the context of community. Growth Groups are focused on developing a strong network of friends that help and challenge us to become more like Jesus Christ. Growth groups offer a balance of fellowship, Bible study, prayer, encouragement and mission in an informal environment.
What is a Growth Group? Growth Groups offer a place to form strong friendships, grow in God’s Word and positively impact the world.
Who: Couples, men’s, women’s, singles, life stage and blended groups.
When: Many of us will gather on Wednesday nights during Lent for our Growth Group. Additional groups will meet on different nights and days of the week. Indicate your availability when registering, and we will match you with a group that is convenient to you.
How long are the meetings?
1 ½ – 2 hours, but depending on group decisions could be longer or shorter. Our Lenten Wednesday night study schedule looks like this:
5:30 to 6:15: Pot Luck Soup Supper in Big Ed
6:20 to 6:45: Worship and viewing the study video for that week
6:45 to 7:45: Growth Groups meet with their small group throughout our campus
Where: During Lent, our Wednesday night Growth Groups are encouraged to meet at the KOG campus. Other groups may meet in homes but also restaurants, coffee shops, church, etc….
Size: Usually a Growth Group has anywhere from 4-12 people.
Growth Group Study Schedule:
The study includes a video to accompany each chapter. If you are participating in our Wednesday night study during Lent, the video will be shown during our time of worship together. The video is available on DVD and online for Growth Groups meeting at other times.
Session 1: February 14 : The Parable
Session 2: February 21: The People Around Jesus
Session 3: February 28: The Two Lost Sons
Session 4: March 7: The Elder Brother
Session 5: March 14 : The True Elder Brother
Session 6: March 21: The Feast of the Father
What Makes a Healthy Growth Group?
The Essentials of Growth Groups: We GROW in Growth Groups. Four key ingredients should be a part of every Growth Group:
- The Word of God: Whether we study straight from the Bible or study the Bible through devotional books/guides, we are committed to growing from the Word of God in Christ.
- Growth: We are here because we want to grow and see our lives transformed to be more like Christ. As part of this growth we commit to pray for each other. We seek to encourage each other and hold each other accountable in the steps of our discipleship process: KNOW-GROW-GO.
- Acceptance: As members of this Growth Group we seek to accept each other unconditionally as Christ does each of us, seeking to build strong friendships rooted in Christ.
- Confidentiality: Everything shared in this group stays with this group. Gossip and slander are unacceptable. Like Christ we seek the best for each other.
Will there be child care in our group? Childcare will be provided during our Lenten Wednesday night study. Childcare may be available at other times, but only if you join a group that can offer it. These groups will generally have H.O.S.T.’s that have young children themselves. It will most likely be an older sibling or neighbor who watches the younger kids.
Will it cost me anything? Our 2018 Lenten Growth Group Study is “The Prodigal God” by Timothy Keller. Materials for this study (book and discussion guide) are provided for $10 per participant.
What time and day/night of the week will we meet? Most groups will be meeting on Wednesday nights during Lent. Other groups may meet on Sunday after church or at other times convenient for those group members.
Can I join a group on my own, or will you place me in a group? Both. If you know of someone who is HOSTing a group, please talk with them about being in their group. If you don’t, we will place you based on your needs.
What is the duration of the study? Some groups will meet for a limited time, others go on for years. Our initial Lenten Group Group study is a 6-week commitment.
What if I can’t attend every week? We will do our best to place you in a Growth Group that can accommodate your schedule. If you should miss a week, you will have your own study guide, and the links to the weekly video are available online. Our time as a Growth Group is important for all of us, but don’t let your busy schedule stop you from participating.