How does a Life Group differ from a Small Group, a Cell Group, or a House Church ?
The answer depends on what each of those terms means to the person using them. A small group is often just a limited number of people who get together to discuss a topic, accomplish a task, or deepen their relationships. Life Groups are meant to accomplish all of those goals and much more. A Cell Group is a group of people who are not necessarily small in number. The term is preferred over small group because it conveys the idea of the group having life in itself. Cell Groups are expected to multiply just as cells are meant to multiply in the body. House Church implies that the diversity of the group reflects the diversity of the larger church community. House Churches often perform the functions which are usually associated with an established church such as communion, baptism, weddings, and funerals. FBC calls our groups Life Groups to convey the fact they are identifiable, they are meant to impart life to the members, as well as multiply. They resemble most closely a Cell Group or a House Church.
How many Life Groups are there at Fellowship Bible Church ?
There are currently 11 different Life Groups meeting from Sunday through Thursday evenings.
Do I have to be a member of Fellowship Bible Church to attend a Life Group?
Not at all. Many people have attended them for years without being members of the church. Everyone is welcome to attend and contribute.
Do I have to be a member of Fellowship Bible Church to lead a Life Group?
No. But you must be in agreement with both the church’s Constitution and its Statement of Faith. FBC assumes each Life Group leader promotes and supports the beliefs and practices of the church. We also expect our leaders to be people of proven character, faith, and experience.
How can a person join a Life Group ?
People join Life Groups in many different ways. There are currently 11 different Life Groups meeting from Sunday through Thursday evenings. The leaders of each group, when they meet, are all listed on the church’s website. If you would like to get involved in a Life Group, you can contact Bill Robinson to discuss with him which group you might prefer depending on your age, schedule, preferences, and spiritual needs. You also might meet a member of an existing group and ask them about visiting their Life Group.
What is the purpose of a Life Group ?
People meet in Life Groups to be further centered on Christ, connected in a deeper way with the believers who attend, to have a venue for serving the other, and to be trained for ministering to others in the world around them. The group is small to facilitate conversation and to encourage the participation of everyone who attends.
What are the responsibilities of the Life Group Leaders ?
The leader has three main responsibilities. He must provide structure for when the group is gathered. This means being hospitable, having a plan for the time together, and ensuring the participants have a safe place in which to share their needs and concerns. He must shepherd the members by teaching, encouragement, and exhortation. He above all should be a model of the faith to everyone around him. Finally, he must train the members in how to minister to others. He will do this by helping them identify their strengths, their passions, their knowledge, and their skills to minister more effectively to others.