Life Groups FAQ
A Life Group is a small community of up to 12 people who regularly meet to do life together as a learning, serving and witnessing community.
Because we are convinced that these smaller, close-knit, life-on-life groups are the most effective means to carry out our church’s mission and advance the revitalisation process by making and growing disciples of Jesus, building deep relationships of care and accountability with one another and bringing the hope of the gospel to others.
Our goal is that by 2024 we will see 70% of the church in these close-knit Life Group communities committed to God’s mission together.
While there are similarities between small groups and life groups, we chose a Life Group ministry model to emphasise our focus on doing life together by way of deep and committed relationships of care, growth and accountability.
No. While studying the Bible is an essential aspect of a Life Group meeting it is not the only or main priority. Our goal is life transformation and mission so while Bible study plays a central role so too does prayer, caring and accountability and witnessing together.
In Life Groups we have a dual emphasis on life transformation and mission. An emphasis on the group sharing life deeply together, that Life group will help each group members to live out a Christian life in every sphere of their lives. A further emphasis on the group encourages and spur each other in mission for God, that the group becomes comrades in fulfilling the Great Commission.
One major advantage of the Life Group model is that it enables all members not to be passive spectators but active participants in the mission of God. Life group is owned not only be the church, by shared amongst the group members. We believe in priesthood of all believers and we aim to develop generous group members who are willing to give their time, money, and gifts.
Each life group should consist with around 6-12 people. If there are more than 12 people, the group should be starting to plan for multiplication within half a year. The co-leader would then step up to be leader a group. The multiplication of group is to be decided in consultation and under advice by zone leader and life group director
There should be a regular meeting, from 2-4 times per month. There could also be irregular meetings which involves a collaboration with other groups within the same zone, some examples could be outreach events, fellowship events, special holiday events (Christmas, Mid-Autumn etc.)
To increase the sense of fellowship, it is recommended that most life groups with be participated in homes, but life groups could also meet at church.
This is to be decided by life group director and zone leaders, depending on the need of each congregation. The following are some general rules:
We encourage a group to have diversity in age, in background and even culture, as one of our core values is embracing all people.
We realise that youth and probably even young adults they might be able to achieve the life group goals by having a more homogenous group.
We also know that there are groups that address specific needs, for example Connect groups which cater new seekers, interest groups such as women groups. Currently these groups are out of scope of life groups
Welcome (15 mins)
Welcoming, games or songs, or announcements
Ministry and Mission (20 min)
Thinking about how the group is being missional and serving in ministry areas
Word (40 min)
Discipleship, knowing God, teaching, discussion
Work (35 min)
Prayer for each other, comforting and encouragement, praying for church and community
Groups are generally led by a trained Life Group leader and co-leader who serve together to guide, care and nurture and train their group members.
- To attend regularly.
- To be ready to give and receive care and accountability.
- To be ready to contribute to the life of the group through the use of your God given gifts.
- To be willing to grow by learning, serving and witnessing side by side with your fellow group members.
Life Groups are an integral aspect of our strategy for achieving our vision. It fits in the 1+3 strategy - Sunday Service + Life Groups, Mission, Ministries.
Life Groups are a ministry that executes some of the primary functions of the church. It is where we learn, do local outreach, do Sunday service set-up, welcome newcomers, pray for the church, etc. It is the platform for how information flows as well. The ministry of Life Groups should also mobilize brothers and sisters serving in the church as well as being on mission outside of church.