Discipleship is one of the key focus areas for us at Pathway Church. We believe that every person should not only be part of a church community, but they should also be systematically learning and growing. It is impossible to meet the spiritual and intellectual needs of every person on Sunday mornings. Life Groups (formerly called small groups) allow for intimate settings, relationship building, and stage appropriate learning. Our Life Groups are run on a regular basis throughout the year – please let us know if you are interested and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Life Group F.A.Q’s
A Life Group is essentially a small group of individuals who meet 3x each month to study, pray, and do life together. It is in the context of these groups that we can support and encourage one another.
Most of our Life Groups are closed because we believe that it is important to build trusting relationships where people can be honest, transparent, and even vulnerable. For most people – this type of relationship will only develop with lots of time. Our small groups will typically stay together for 1 to 2 years and then we will divide them (keeping some of the group members together) and multiplying the group by adding new families. We usually have 2 or 3 opportunities (September & January) each year for people to join a group.
The one exception to this rule is our Young Adults Small Group which is open throughout the year for newcomers.
Our groups take place at a time and location that works for each individual group. We presently have groups meeting on most nights of the week. Locations will vary throughout the year as families will take turns hosting the group in their homes.
We typically try to keep the groups to 5 or 6 families (kids are often in attendance as well) so that everyone can participate and be involved in the discussion.
We ask that you do not join a Life Group if you are still trying to choose a church home. Everyone who joins a Life Group will need to be willing to commit for the upcoming 9 months. This is difficult to do if you are not yet certain if this is your church home.
There are a number of things for you to consider as you join a Life Group:
- Be willing to attend as often as possible (groups meet 3x month)
- Be willing to host (if possible, many groups will rotate host homes)
- Be willing to bring snack (on a rotation)
- Be willing to contribute to the group in conversation, helping with organization, and with children (if applicable)
Participate in a LIFE LINK EVENT.
Each September and January we host an event called Life Link where you will be able to see all the options available and select a group that works for you. To register for one of these events or to get more information about joining a group … fill out the form below.
Next Scheduled Event: September 23, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. @ Rhema
Life Link is a Sunday evening event where you can join a small group (called Life Groups). The event will start with a short information session, followed by 15 minutes to walk around and talk to some of the leaders. There will be Life Group leaders at tables around the perimeter of the gym and you will have an opportunity to search for a group that works for you. The group you choose may be determined by: location, night of the week, focus of the group, or maybe just meeting new people. After this we will open up the sign up period and you can officially register with the group of your choosing before the event concludes
The actual event will start at 6:30 pm and end around 8 pm. If you have children we ask that you arrive by 5:45 to ensure they’re checked in and you do not miss anything
Yes. There will be a self-serve nursery environment and a large group environment for children aged 2-10.
Most groups from last year will not be staying together (at least not in their entirety). There may be a few exceptions due to location. We want to encourage people to change it up. That does not mean that you can’t sign up together with someone from your last small group that you connected with.
Yes, but only if you cannot be at the Life Link Event. Important note: you will not be able to choose your own Life Group if you do not attend the event.
Yes, you can still be in a Life Group. Those individuals / families that cannot make the event will be placed in a group by our life group directors (like previous years). This means you may be added to a group that isn’t full or a new group will be formed if necessary. We’ll figure it out
No, we would never do that! We understand that events like this can be scary and intimidating. We will have volunteers and staff available to help you find the right group during the Life Link event. They will be able to make some recommendations and introduce you to people that might be a good fit for you
Yes, you can. We want you to be in a group where you are comfortable while being challenged and stretched. We will actively discourage people from orchestrating a small group entirely composed of their friends as it goes against the purpose of our Life Groups. We believe that forming new relationships is an important aspect of spiritual growth. Look for a group on your own or with a friend, but please remember that finding the best fit for you is the main objective. Sign up for a group that you can consistently attend, with a leader(s) you can connect with, and you will be making strides towards a good Life Group experience.
The number of group members will vary from group to group. Our aim is to have most groups around 10 adults although some groups may have more or less (this will be at the leader’s discretion). Please keep in mind that there will be additional people who cannot make it to the event who will be added into groups as necessary.
Some of our Life Groups will have a specific focus, others will not. They will generally start off with a few weeks of group setup, getting to know each other, and then move on to sermon based materials or other curriculum. If a Life Group leader has a specific focus in mind for the group (ie: parenting, marriage) it will be clearly noted on the night of Life Link.
We are presently preparing for a young adults group aimed at those in their late teens and 20’s (post high school). We don’t have any other stage of life groups in the works at this time.
Maybe, but more than likely there are other determining factors such as availability, group size, etc. If this is the case or there aren’t enough people to accommodate all the leaders we have there we will simply move those people into another group that has room or if you join a group there is likely already a leader and assistant so you’ll never be alone and the group will likely be filled out with those that couldn’t make the event
There are a number of things you can do in preparation for this event:
- Consider what you’re looking for in a group.
- If you are married, talk to your spouse about it before attending if possible.
- Figure out which nights of the week will work best for you.
- Decide how you will handle childcare (Will you bring your child or get a sitter?)
Finally we would suggest that you come with an attitude of making whatever happens work. You may not end up with the leader you want. Your friend may not be able to do the same night as you. We are confident that whatever group you end up in will be filled with great people.
As a general rule, No. We have closed group policy at Pathway Church because it allows us to develop trust and confidentiality, which are integral to building community. That being said, if a group has space, and everyone presently in the group is on board with the addition, we would certainly make an exception.
First, we would ask you to please give it a chance. We believe that God is smarter than us, and bigger than us, and can make things work way better than we could ever imagine. That being said, if after the first 8 weeks of Life Groups you simply cannot continue, we will provide an opportunity to exit your group at that time.
No! It’s far more valuable than anything you can afford, so we have decided not to charge anything. Kidding of course – there is no charge to be in Life Groups. You may be required to purchase a booklet or two depending on the curriculum the group selects. Most of these cost less than $10 and will only be required on occasion.