Life Groups

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Life Group?
A community of Christians living life together, strengthening the body of Christ and living out the Great Commission.

Why should I join a Life Group?
A Life Group provides a place to develop and cultivate meaningful relationships with people, to get to know them and be known. It’s also a place to learn more about God and how to deepen your relationship with Him. In a Life Group, you will receive encouragement and support on your life’s journey. The Life Group is also a place where you can introduce the power and love of Jesus Christ to the unchurched.

What is the purpose of a Life Group?
Authentic Christian community. It’s a non-threatening place where open and honest dialogue about the faith journey can take place.

What happens in a Life Group?
Building relationships with each other and growing in Christ is ultimately what will happen. This will occur through Prayer, Scripture study and application, fellowship and service.

Are all Life Groups the same?
Each Life Group will have its own personality according to the people who are in the Life Group. No two groups will be exactly the same though the purpose will be the same for all groups.

How large are Life Groups?
Ideally, Life Groups will consist of 8-12 adults. Some may be slightly larger or smaller as time progresses.

Is there a maximum size?
Once a Life Group gets to around 16 or more adults, it will be time for the group to multiply itself in a way that is beneficial for all members of the Life Group.

When do Life Groups meet?
Initially, Life Groups will meet every 2nd and 4th Sunday evening of the month. Once the Life Group is established, they may choose to meet as often as they like (minimum twice a month) and whenever they choose.

Where do Life Groups meet?
Initially, Life Groups will meet at Meadows, but once established, Life Groups may meet wherever they wish, as long as it meets the needs of the Life Group. Very likely, the Life Group will meet in the home of one of its members.

What about my children?
Life Groups include the whole family. It’s a time for kids to connect and grow too!
Although each group can set up how they would like to handle kids during the Bible
study time, there will be missions curriculum available for parents to lead their children.
As there will be no childcare at the church available, LG may team up to ensure that
children are properly cared for and taught.

I don’t have children at home anymore, what about me?
There will be Life Groups to meet the needs of many of our members and the various
life stages they represent. As needs present themselves, Life Groups will form to meet
those needs, such as cross-generational, singles, etc…

How do I join a Life Group?
Initially, there will be a Life Group rally in late September of this year for all members to sign up for a Life Group.

What if I do not sign up for a Life Group right away? Can I join one at any time?
Yes, though we encourage all our members to be part of a Life Group as soon as possible.

Is there a time commitment to a Life Group?
Yes. We would like to see our Life Groups stay together for at least a year, from September to September. Every September, there will be an opportunity for current Life Group members to try another Life Group if there is space available.

What if I do not like my Life Group?
We encourage people to give the group you try a couple of visits as it may take a little time to feel like you’re in the right place. Remember, we want you to find a Life Group that fits you, so the sooner you make a commitment, the sooner real relationships can begin.

Do I have to be a member of Meadows to join a Life Group?
No. We desire members, non-members and the unchurched to experience the community found in the body of Christ, His Church.

Will Life Groups affect the current Sunday morning schedule?
No. Sunday morning Bible Study and Worship will not be affected.

Will Life Groups affect the current Sunday evening schedule?
To help facilitate the launching of Life Groups this fall on Sunday evenings, we will not be providing separate children’s ministry programming (R.A.’s, G.A.’s, Mission Friends, and Children’s Choirs.) Children will be integrated into the Life Group effort. We will reevaluate children’s ministry needs and strategy for the new year.