NEW GROUPS FORMING FALL 2015
What Is A Growth Group?
A Growth Group is a home fellowship made up of 8-14 people who meet weekly to share, study, and support one another. Each group is led by a facilitator and a host. An average meeting will last for an hour and a half, followed by light refreshments.
How Important Are Growth Groups?
At Shepherd of the Hills, our desire is for Growth Groups to be the hub of our ministry. They are a place of real ministry as people gather together to do life together and study God’s Word. We believe that meeting together on a regular basis is time well spent and may be one of the most important hours in your week!
Who Are Growth Groups For?
Growth Groups are for everyone. They are not designed for just the spiritually elite or the people who know everything. They are designed for real people who desire to do life together with others and grow in their faith in God. Growth Groups welcome people who know nothing about the Bible as well as people who have been lifelong students of the Bible.
When And Where Do They Meet?
Growth Groups meet on various nights of the week mainly in homes throughout the Inland Empire. Most groups meet in the evenings, although meeting times vary.
How Long Do They Last?
Each year we will have 3 sessions of Growth Groups. There will be one in the Fall, Winter, & Spring. Each session will consist of 9 weeks. 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. The idea is that once you commit to a session you’re only committed to that session. Most groups stay together throughout the entire year.
What Does It Cost?
While there is no monetary cost, the cost of Growth Groups is the cost of commitment. Part of that commitment is the promise to attend each week and complete the homework as well as to attend the one social activity and one service project for the session.
What Will We Study?
Most of the studies are based on the previous weekend's message. These "sermon-based" Growth Groups are built on the concept that the weekend message is a time on teaching on God’s Word and the Christian life. The Growth Group is then a place where you get to roll up your sleeves and discuss how the weekend's message works in our lives. Each week there will be a series of Bible passages and questions provided in the News and Notes to study before the meeting. With this said, some Growth Groups may decide to study something different from time to time, but these special groups will be advertised as such at the time you sign up.
What is the Required Commitment?
Joining a Growth Group requires a 9 week commitment to attend weekly meetings and do the homework ahead of time. Obviously, allowances are made for sickness, vacation, work conflicts and other special events, but not much more. Don’t worry, you have the first three weeks to decide if your group is a good fit for you and if it doesn’t work out you can always join another group or pick things up again at the next session.
How Do I Sign Up For A Growth Group?
There are three ways to sign up for a group - online, at church after a Sunday service, or by calling the church office. Sign ups generally run the two weeks before each Session begins.
Do We Do Anything Other Than Just Study The Bible and Talk?
Each session each group will have one social event together and do one service project together. These events are essential in the path to forming significant Christ-centered relationships.