Life groups are a vital ministry at BridgePoint. They are the place where people experience genuine Christian community. Most groups meet in homes weekly. Some study a book of the Bible, others a book on Christian living, still others explore the Bible text for the previous Sunday's sermon. All of them are committed to helping people know Christ and become all that God wants them to be.
Life Groups meet in fall, winter and spring sessions (with a summer break).
How Important Are Life Groups?
Life Groups are a vital ministry here at BridgePoint. They're the place where deeper ministry happens as we study God's Word, while supporting and sharing our lives with one another. We believe that meeting together on a regular basis is time well spent.
When and Where Do They Meet?
Life Groups meet on various nights of the week in homes throughout our area. Most evening groups meet between 7-9 pm.
How Long Do They Last?
Each Life Group session lasts 9 to 12 weeks. We have Fall, Winter & Spring sessions. At the end of each session, you will have the choice of staying in the same group, trying a new group or even taking a break. Groups often stay together throughout the entire year. Life Groups do not meet mid-June through August.
What is the Required Commitment?
Joining a Life Group requires a 9 to 12 week commitment to attend weekly meetings and do any homework ahead of time. Obviously, allowances are made for sickness, vacation, work conflicts and other special events, but not much more. This commitment is the key to a strong Life Group. You have the first three weeks to attend the group to make sure it's a good fit for you.
What Will We Study?
Groups study a variety of topics: some study a book of the Bible, others read through a book on Christian living, and some groups study the previous Sunday's sermon text. All groups strive not only to study, but also to apply what they learn from God's Word.
What Does It Cost?
Few things in life are free and Life Groups are no exception! The cost of Life Groups is the cost of commitment. During the first meeting, groups may review an "agreement" together. This simple form helps each group discuss their priorities and commitment. Part of that commitment is the promise to attend each week and to complete any homework (as well as to attend the quarterly social and do one service project for the year if agreed upon). You have the first three weeks to decide if your group is a good fit for you.
When you join a Life Group, you're promising to attend and be prepared each week. It's this commitment that makes Life Groups work. We realize it's a big commitment, but it only lasts for 9 - 12 weeks. At the end of each quarter, you have the choice of recommitting for another quarter, trying a new group, or taking a break from Life Groups altogether.
What About Child Care?
Life Groups are for adults only. (Exceptions can be made for nursing newborns, up to six months.) We generally leave it up to each family to work out their own child care. Sometimes it works best for families to share a sitter or to swap childcare with another family whose Life Group meets on a different evening.
How Do I Choose A Group?
This is up to you, but you'll want to consider the topic being studied, the leader-host team, and the location. You may find natural common ground with people in your station-in-life (e.g., young married couples), or you may prefer an intergenerational group.
How Do I Sign Up For A Life Group?
We offer sign-ups for Life Groups on Sunday mornings and online before each of our Life Group Quarters begin. There are people available at the sign-up table to help you choose a group and answer any questions. During our sign-up Sundays we have basic information available on the groups in the bulletin. There are three or four sign-up weekends before the beginning of our Fall Quarter in September, and two sign-up weekends before our Winter Quarter in January and our Spring Quarter in April.
Are There Life Groups for Teenagers?
Yes, our high school and junior high ministry offers small groups for students. Although these groups are not included in this publication, they are very important to our church. For more information about junior and senior high school groups, please contact Jesse Ranslow at .Thanks!
If you have any questions (especially if you are new to BridgePoint Church), please don't hesitate to contact the church, and we will gladly assist you. Keep in mind that it might take two or three groups before you find the best fit, but we believe you'll find it!