Discipleship and genuine community are 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 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)
Life Group Registration is now done online and will be open for small windows each fall and in the New Year. The link will be on our homepage during these windows. Through this link you will be able to see any open groups and sign up for one that works for you
Online group registrations opens SOON!
More details to follow.
Life Link is taking on a new twist this year. In previous years it’s been a live event but new for this year all our sign up will be online. Online Registration will open after noon on Sunday Sept 9, 2018 and close Sept 20, 2018. The link to the signup page will be available on our homepage at www.pathwaylife.com and, once clicked, you can look at the different options and pick the group that works for you within that window. Please note that once groups are full there can be no other signups for that group.
Most groups from last year will not be staying together (at least not in their entirety). There are some that are fully or partially staying together and that’s great but for some it’s time to change it up. Both can be great options. That does not mean that you can’t sign up together with someone from your last small group that you connected with either. Hopefully this helps everyone have the best of both worlds.
The one thing we ask is that you don’t sign up for a Life Group if you’ve been attending the church less than 3 months. This is simply because it’s best for everyone involved if you are confident that this is where you want me be and grow.
In addition we encourage everyone to show up, join in and be real. If you have no intention of doing any of these things then perhaps now is not the best time for you to join a group.
Registration will only be open from after noon on Sept 9, 2018 until Sept 20, 2018. Unless you were already in a group last year and wish to stay, you cannot sign up before registration opens.
If you are uncomfortable signing up online please go to Todd Cook directly or ask for him at the welcome table on one of the Sunday’s that take place during the registration period. He will then try to place you in a group that will work for you. Unfortunately this may somewhat limit your options.
The number of group members will vary from group to group. Our aim is to have most groups around 10-12 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. If a Life Group leader has a specific focus in mind for the group (ie: parenting, marriage) it will be clearly noted on the registration page.
There will be some stage of life groups and that information will be in the group description of each individual group.
We will likely not have enough preset leaders for the number of people that want to participate in a Life Group. That’s ok. We will have options that currently do not have a set leader and you can sign up in these. If there isn’t enough people to make a full group on a certain night we’ll investigate combining groups that don’t have a preset leader.
There are a number of things you can do in preparation for registration:
- 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?)
- pray and ask God to lead you to the right group for you.
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. Also they can also wait until the next registration period after Christmas.
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 10 weeks of Life Groups you simply cannot continue, we will provide an opportunity to exit your group at that time and try another Life Group soon after.
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.
Ideally everyone would commit to the duration of our Life Group season (Sept – May) but we do provide an offramp before Christmas in case the chemistry just isn’t there. And sometimes it’s not. And that’s ok. So essentially we’re asking for approximately a 10 week commitment to try the group and if it works, finish out the season. If not – we’ll look for a better fit in January.