We had a great GROUPER gathering of about 40 people this past Tuesday evening. We had a great meal and experienced some good fellowship and we had we had some informative discussion. Following is the essence of our plan and what we talked about.
We’ll be using the new term “LIFE Groups”…living life together. One of our goals is to increase LIFE Group participation from 20% of church membership to 40%. We’re going to develop and maintain a LIFE Group database to include who is in which group. In September, we plan to roll out an informational and sign up campaign to include Sunday sermon series by Pastor Money. In that same regard, we will be providing Sunday sermon lesson guides for Life Groups to use in their meetings and discussions. We also need to develop 6-8 new groups to fill “holes” that exist in the present selection of Sunday morning classes and existing LIFE Groups. Starting mid-September, we will be providing training for new and existing LIFE Group leaders. We are now putting together a support team for LIFE Groups. I’d be glad to talk to some of you about that. Finally, we are assembling a library of study materials for LIFE Groups to use during their meetings.
It was suggested that we could build groups out of existing ministries such as Food Pantry, Home Rangers, and Faith Community Nurses. It was asked how evangelism fits into the LIFE Group process. This is one of the foundational components and major roles of LIFE Groups, that is helping and encouraging each other in sharing our faith; see my previous blog on this topic. It was pointed out that Sunday morning classes have members, who are part of separate other groups, and, that there are others who could be a LIFE Group. There was general discussion of group size and it was stressed that some groups may need to split so that meetings are more personal and more encouraging for sharing, (15-18 people in a group is too many). It was also suggested that lists of potential LIFE group people to be contacted, be provided so that personal and telephone contacts may be made. One current group leader shared that he had invited neighbors to attend their meetings and they had now become active group members. That’s what it’s all about. Another current group member mentioned a family member’s experience, in Ohio, where they are provided with information each week based on the previous Sunday sermon. We’ll be doing that. It was suggested that when we see someone sitting alone in church that we approach them and sit with them and invite them to join a group.
Please be in prayer about your role in helping all the above come to pass.