Above you will see our new name for our small group ministry.
We want people (that’s you!) to understand that LIFE groups happen as life happens; it is not another event or check on the “to-do list” but it’s part of your life rhythm. Moving forward we want a more unified vision for LIFE groups that, at the same time, allows us to celebrate the diversity of our community at Bethel. We have highlighted four values (which will be explained further in the future) that each LIFE group will adopt, but each group will (together) choose how each vaule will work itself out for their LIFE group. Our values are:
community • word-centered • prayer • accountability
We believe these values will enable us to build deeper communities and stronger disciples. LIFE groups at Bethel exist to encourage all members of our community towards our vision, which is encapsulated by our 3 G’s:
- Growing in intimacy with God.
- Growing in intimacy with others.
- Growing in acts of service.
Though this can play out in a variety of ways depending on the particular small group, some things are common across all our groups:
- Each group meets regularly, often weekly or bi-weekly.
- Groups are safe places, and confidentiality between members is expected.
Some groups follow a specific study guide, like Tim Keller’s Reason for God, the Love and Respect marriage course, or Beth Moore’s David. Other groups study a book of the Bible, or use the weekly Touching Base articles to have a discussion about the sermon topic. Building relationships is a central part of the small group, so there is often a time to share experiences from your life and to pray for each other.
Why Do LIFE Groups Exist?
God created us to live in relationship with one another and to be part of something bigger than ourselves. We want our community to be a place where Jesus Christ is experienced so that our lives, the lives of others, and the city, are changed. We believe hospitality and accountability are necessary parts of community life together and service is a part of our call to be a light in our city, nation and world.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
How Can I Get Involved?
We have groups running every night of the week for a variety of demographics. Some groups are curriculum based and others are full, so we don’t have a published list for you to pick from. Connect with us and we will try to find a group for you.
To get connected:
- Email Amanda at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call office 613-542-2990