Life Group Q&A

Life Groups are built on three affirmations: 

1) In Christ, LIFE HAPPENS TOGETHER.

Life Group members celebrate with one another and support one another. We are not designed to live life alone, but in relationships. A Life Group is a place where the love of Christ takes on flesh and is made real with one another.

2) In Christ, LIFE LOOKS DIFFERENT.

Life Groups recognize that biblical living does not always align with the culture. A Life Group looks to Scripture to discover what our Creator intended life to look like for those who follow Christ.

3) In Christ, LIFE MEANS GROWTH.

Life Groups are committed to going beyond understanding what they discover in Scripture to trying to live it out. Life Group members embrace the adventure of “being transformed into Christ’s likeness with ever increasing glory” (2 Cor. 3:18).



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are Life Groups and Small Groups the Same Thing?

Yes.  At Crestwood we try to use the designation Life Group rather than Small Group because we believe it more clearly communicates the focus and nature of what the groups are about: applying faith to life, discovering life, receiving life, etc.

What Happens In a Life Group Meeting?

Generally, group meetings begin with a time of gathering and fellowship.  The largest portion of the time is then spent in a period of interactive discussion springing from the Bible or a biblically informed book and centered around questions which impact daily living.  Meetings end with a time of prayer which encourages the sharing of both celebrations and concerns with the group.

Where & When Do Life Groups Meet?      

Life Groups usually meet in homes.  The most common practice is to meet every other week for about 1 and 1/2 hours, though each group decides their schedule for themselves.  Pastor Rob Burns can talk with you about the locations and times of current and potential groups.

Who Would Be In My Group?

Groups consist of 6-12 persons, often in the same general season of life.  We try to find or create a group which is a good fit for you.  If you have existing positive relationships with others, those can be great starting points for a new group.

How Long Is a Commitment to a Life Group?

For life, of course!  Actually, we encourage an initial commitment long enough to give a brand new group a chance to gel (maybe 6 gatherings).  Group members are never formally locked in, though groups may stay together in some form for years.  If coming into an existing group, you are welcome to visit a group as needed before “joining” to see if you anticipate a good fit.

How Do Life Groups  Handle Child Care?

Each Life Group resolves childcare differently.  We are aware that the cost and logistics of childcare can be a real hindrance to participation, but we don’t want them to be.  A variety of options are available, and we are happy to help you explore them.

How Do I Get Into a Life Group?

Contact Associate Pastor, Rob Burns at robertburns@crestwoodchurch.org .  A simple conversation will begin the process of finding or forming the right Life Group for you.