Grow Groups - How is your life with God?
Why Grow Groups?
One of the first things we learn in the Bible about how Jesus lived is that he intentionally lived life with his small group of followers, or disciples. This kind of community is one that we seek to emulate, as we believe that it is an essential part of the growth of our own faith. Doing life together enables us to ask questions, pray for one another, and learn together how to better follow Jesus.
Community is a word that gets thrown around a lot, but different people use it to describe different things. We all bring different expectations and experiences of community to the church, so we want to ensure we explain the intent. Yet still, community isn’t something we can “program” for our members.
Community at Bethany is built upon the foundation of hundreds of spiritual friendships. Spiritual friendship is an intentional relationship grounded in a mutual commitment to follow Jesus Christ that includes the practices of vulnerability and interdependence in search of living a more wholehearted life and answering the question, “How is your life with God?”
This kind of community is one that is grounded through trying to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves. It is truly a spiritual discipline, just as prayer, Sabbath keeping, fasting, and Bible study are disciplines. These groups meet regularly - hopefully at least weekly or bi-weekly - and are not centered around any other affinities or lessons. We have plenty of groups that are connected via hobbies, bible studies, topical learning opportunities, etc. Instead, this idea of growth centers around groups that are formed by the intent to increase in discipleship through living in community as Jesus did. From intentionally seeking God together.
Our invitation to you is to cultivate this kind of friendship in your life through participation in a Grow Group. While we cannot promise “community” for you, we can commit to creating opportunities for connection, as well as resources for you to use as you continue to pursue how you might “grow in his image.”
If you would like to join a Grow Group
If you have questions, please contact Kelly Shoenfelt.