Life Groups - Current Sunday Morning Series

ABOUT LIFE GROUPS

We have a group for everyone!  Should you have any questions about life groups at Little Chapel, send us an email at groups@littlechapelchurch.com.

 

LIFE GROUPS FAQ

 

What is the purpose of life groups at Little Chapel?

  • Life groups provide an ideal way to be aware of and care for the needs of people within the church.
  • Life groups help one to develop a closer walk and intimacy with believers that offers a sense of family and belonging as one lives out his/her faith.
  • Life groups offer a comfortable, safe introduction for unbelievers to the Christian faith by demonstrating the Love of Jesus in a non-church setting.
  • Life groups help to guard against individuals getting lost in the crowd or slipping through the cracks by intentionally maintaining a structure of communication, awareness, spiritual feeding, and protection.

 

 

What is expected of every life group at Little Chapel?

Four elements are expected of every life group at Little Chapel:

 

Unity in Leadership,

Hospitality,

God's Word will be "Chewed Out Loud", and

Prayer.

 

 

What is meant by Unity in Leadership?

The leaders of life groups must see themselves as part of a team.  Although the life group is smaller and more intimate in nature than the church, it is still connected to the entire congregation.  By having submissive and humble hearts, and by holding their Pastoral and Eldership in high esteem, the life group leaders help to maintain a spirit of unity and love that keeps our people safe and healthy.

 

Life group leaders encourage a sense of family through intimacy and transparency in the life group.  Leaders also point to the larger family of the congregation and use their influence to encourage the people within their life group to:

 

Be faithful to the main church services,

Be actively involved in some type of ministry or team ministry, and

Reach out to visitors and others in the community that they have contact with.

 

Life group leaders also serve in communicating the needs, issues, challenges, victories of their life group members to their Overseeing Elder and/or Pastor so that the Church's Leadership has a firmer grasp on the health and well-being of the overall flock.

 

Finally, life group leaders agree not to schedule any activity that would keep people from attending the main church services.

 

 

What is meant by Hospitality?

Fellowship and the "breaking of bread" is such an inherent part of the Christian life.  Hospitality does not have to be an ornate full course meal.  It can come in many forms.  For example, coffee and cake, finger foods, ordered out pizza, a potluck, or a full meal.

 

What matters is that people feel the warmth and closeness of sitting down with others and eating with them.  That's what families do.  That's what Jesus desires to do with us.

 

 

"Look! I stand at the door and knock.

If you hear my voice and open the door,

I will come in, and we will share

a meal together as friends."

Revelation 3:20

 

 

What is meant by God's Word will be "Chewed Out Loud?"

Life groups at Little Chapel will have a structured study that revolves around God's Word.  Examples of a structure study are things like:

 

A chapter by chapter study of one book of the Bible,

A One Year Bible study,

Sermons or sermon series by respected teachers/preachers,

A Bible-based Christian book, and

A DVD series (for example, Beth Moore, Francis Chan, Focus on the Family).

 

 

In life groups, we encourage each person to share at least one thought connected to this study in an "Around the Room" format.  It is so important that the discussion edifies the group.

 

 

"Don’t use foul or abusive language.

Let everything you say be good and helpful,

so that your words will be an encouragement

to those who hear them."

Ephesians 4:29

 

 

To accomplish this we ask each person to share thoughts that center on "What God is teaching me" in reference to scripture.  When people in the life group focus on things that God is teaching them, bible discussions are usually very edifying and encouraging.

 

When a spirit of pride comes into a life group, people stop sharing "What God is teaching me" and instead begin to share their opinions about "What other Christians should do."  Please avoid these types of life group environments.

 

These basic expectations have provided great protection to our people.  They ensure that each group will remain high quality in the way they feed and nurture God's people.

 

 

What is meant by Prayer?

In life groups, every person present will be asked to share at least one personal prayer request in an "Around the Room" format and every person present will be asked to pray for at least one personal prayer request in an "Around the Room" format.

 

The goal is not to force people to pray agains their will, but over time to create an environment of safety where people aren't embarrassed or nervous, but can pray and be prayed for.

 

 

How is the "Around the Room" format different from "Teaching?"

The "Around the Room" format gives everybody a chance to share, keeps long-winded or dominating personalities restrained, and helps everyone be better listeners and students of the Word.

 

The quietest people often have the most amazing insights.  If a person truly does not want to share it is very easy for a gracious leader to offer them an opportunity to pass.  We are called to make disciples.  One of the deepest needs in every Christian's life is to have some type of study, where friends will ask them the huge question: "What was the Lord saying to you in this week's study?"

 

Often times the deeper and richer elements of Truth are found in the combination of perspectives being offered by the group; not just one person.  It is one of the many benefits of the concept of the "one body with many parts" in Scripture (1 Cor. 12; Eph. 4).

 

In meetings where the entire meeting is a teaching or an "Open Discussion" chatty people often keep talking because they feel an obligation to fill the "Dead Air."  In "Around the Room" discussions there is a decorum that restrains the long-winded person.  Everybody feels obligated to make sure that everyone else has a chance to share.

 

Almost everyone likes to share, but few people like to "fight" for a chance to share.  When people know with certainty that they are going to get a chance to share, they are much more relaxed and listen more deeply to what others are saying.  The bottom line is that they are more eager to come and participate in the life group.

 

 

Who oversees life groups at Little Chapel?

One of the overall goals in launching life groups at Little Chapel is to create a larger grid of communication and awareness that the Elder's can shepherd from.

 

In order to accomplish that, the oversight will function as follows: Each Elder will be assigned 1-3 life groups to oversee.  Life group leaders will function in an unofficial role as deacons (Acts 6:1-7; 1 Tim. 3:8-12).

 

The Elder and his wife are expected to visit the life group from time to time.  The Elder will be intentional about building relationships with members of the life groups he has been appointed to oversee.  The Elder will communicate a few times a month with his life group leaders for updates, prayer concerns, needs, and offer advice and leading, as needed.  The Elder will bring significant or dangerous issues to the Board of the Elders to discuss.

 

Life group leaders will provide an up-flow of information to their shepherding Elder regarding the needs, issues, challenges, and overall health of their life group members.  Life group leaders will lead in unity and humility with the vision and direction of the Church as set by the pastoral and Elder leadership through the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

 

 

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Life Groups - Current Sunday Morning Series