GROW: In a Growth Group. Acts 2:42-47
To place people in the context of Biblical growth, we offer age appropriate Growth Groups for Bible study, prayer and care which facilitate daily growth in their walk with God.
We believe growing as a believer is personal but not private. The Christian faith has always been lived out with other Christ-follower’s support. In Acts 2:42-47 we find four values that we can apply to our GROWTH GROUPS.
Value #1: Study vs. 42 “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' teaching and fellowship,”
We believe that the depth of our GROWTH will only be as strong as what we unite ourselves around. Scripture is what we will unite around. All our Growth Groups reinforce Biblical teachings and principles.
Value #2: Prayer vs. 42 “in the breaking of bread and the prayers.”
All Growth Groups will pray together and pray for each other.
Value #3: Care vs. 44-45 “And all that believed were together, and had all things common; and they sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all, according as any man had need.”
We ask our Growth Groups to care for one another, love one another, submit to one another, and serve one another.
Value #4 Mission vs. 46-47 “And day by day, continuing stedfastly with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread at home, they took their food with gladness and singleness of heart, praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to them day by day those that were saved.”
We expect all our Growth Groups to participate in a community outreach event. Lighthouse provides outreach events at specific times throughout the year. You may get involved in these or come up with your own. Don’t ever forget the power of a personal invite one on one.
FOCUS in Growth Groups
F – Fitting (relevant to real life)
Is the selection of studies relevant to the groups (age and culture)?
Is the content presented in a relevant way (culturally and developmentally)?
O – Outstanding (being the best in details)
Are there at least 3 entry points to Growth Groups?
Are volunteers well equipped?
Are all group titles easily understood and communicated?
Are the leaders well prepared for each growth group?
Are the participants being well cared for?
C – Creative (newness with a wow factor)
Is there variety in the Growth Groups offered?
Is there a different element or new twist in presenting Growth groups during sign ups?
U – Unifying (full participation for all)
Is every person able to get involved in a growth group?
Is it easy for every person to sign up for a growth group?
Are the facilities comfortable to invite participation?
S – Seamless (the flow of progress)
Are handoffs from Connect easy, obvious, and relational?
Are handoffs to Serve easy, obvious, and relational?