1. What are Life Groups like at BHBC?
Groups can be summed up in 3 words – Connect. Grow. Serve.
Connect :: It’s the joy we experience when we have honest, open talk about who we really are; when we can give and receive without fear of rejection. Connection is about being known, being present and being faithful to God and to each other in all the ups and downs of our lives.
Grow :: Though created for connection, we abandon God, the source of connection. We turn to people and demand from them. We sin. We hurt each other. We hide in shame. Jesus is our hope, our only way out. His way is openness, honesty, forgiveness, kindness, laughter, hope, healing. Real growth happens in safe community as we know and speak the truth in love, depend on the Holy Spirit for our source of life and extend care and encouragement to one another.
Serve :: Real growth leads to service – the outward focus. We give as we’ve been given to. “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love (Gal. 5:6).” Humility and courage enable us to be servants. As we connect and grow together we come to know the fears, the hurts, the hopes we all carry. We lock arms. We become allies on the sacred journey of helping each other become all God intends us to be.
2. How will joining a Life Group benefit me?
You will get to know other people and have an opportunity to build meaningful relationships. You can grow spiritually as you study the Bible together and apply its truths to your life. You will not be alone in your struggles and challenges. Groups provide opportunities to serve, encourage one another and become all we can be in Christ.
3. How many people are in a group?
Eight to twelve people are typically in a group, including leaders. Support groups can be larger.
4. Where and when do groups meet?
Groups typically meet in homes, 7-9p or 6:30-8:30p. Most groups meet every other week. Support groups meet weekly for a determined time.
5. What does a typical group meeting look like?
Groups often begin with refreshments and casual, social time. They study the Sunday sermons or a topic that is relevant to spiritual growth. Groups seek to build truth over time, sharing struggles and joys so they can pray for, encourage and grow with one another toward Christ. Confidentiality is a priority.
6. What if the group I join isn’t a good fit for me?
Within the first three to four meetings, group members discuss and come to a mutual agreement about the purpose and values of their groups. But, not every group is the right fit for everyone. Processing this with the group leader is an important first step to addressing concerns about the small group. If adjustments can’t be made, sometimes another group is the best choice for you.
7. What kinds of opportunities are there for groups to serve in and outside of BHBC?
In addition to serving one another within the group, our small groups serve in our local church ministries, bridge-building events and the community. Groups are assigned a global partner to pray for and support through cards and emails. Groups are encouraged to participate in the Mission of BHBC by serving locally together.
8. What kind of training and support are available for those who want to lead a group?
The Foundations for Small Group Leadership class is offered twice a year on Sunday mornings during first service and occasionally on Sunday nights. Advanced leadership classes are also available. Short 525 retreats are available throughout the year. Curriculum, discussion guides and other resources are available on the website or at the Information Desk. Sunday evening classes are highly encouraged for additional training.
8. How do I join a group?
To join a group or ask a question contact Gary Heim, x118.