Here are a list of frequently asked questions and answers. If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, please contact us.
What is a Life Group?
A Life Group typically consists of 5-15 people who meet regularly, seek to respond to who God is and what He is doing, relate to one another and to our neighbors, reach our neighbors with the love of Christ, restore what is broken in our city and world and replicate what Jesus is doing in us. It is where we give and receive help to follow Jesus as a Family of Disciples on Mission.
How often do groups meet?
Groups meet either weekly or bi-monthly on a seasonal schedule. That means groups are designed around a Fall/Winter/Spring schedule and typically slow down or take a break in the Summer.
This creates easy on ramps for people, and easy off ramps for people if needed.
Can I be a member of more than one group?
We prefer people not to be members of more than one group in order to give themselves fully to their group.
How long of a commitment am I signing up for?
By joining a Life Group, you are signing up to journey with others to follow Jesus and fearlessly make Him known. You are signing up to share life with them as a family of disciples on mission for as long as you can.
I have been through Rooted but my group is not becoming a Life Group. What do I if I want to be in a group?
If your Rooted group is not becoming a Life Group, contact us for Next Steps.
What if our Life Group is too small?
If a Life Group is too small we may suggest that it merges with another group. Our goal is to set everyone up for success and having critical mass for a group is one way of doing that. This, however, is a decision the group will make together.
What if my Life Group is not a working for me?
If your group no longer works for you due to a move, change in schedules or life stage, you are free to see if there are other open groups for you to join.
I want to move from my group because we have unresolved differences. Can I move to a new group?
Yes, you can. However, we want to as much as possible help groups work through their differences. We encourage that the group tries to address the issues with the help of a coach as challenges in groups can be an opportunity to grow. If the group resolves to end or if some members opt to leave, contact us to connect you with a new group.
What if I don’t connect with my new Life Group? Could I change groups?
Sure! Sometimes you just don’t connect right away. Give it a chance. Relationships take time to build and grow, and starting can often be the hardest part. With time and effort, relationships can grow. But if you don’t connect we can put you in a different group.
If I attend Ridge Point. Can I join a Cultivate or Third Coast Life Group or vice versa?
Our desire is that you find intentional community at the Network Church you attend. We, therefore, encourage that you join a group at your Network Church. However, if you find a group that works for your schedule by all means join that group. Ultimately, our goal is that you be part of a community of faith.
When and for how long do groups meet?
The time and place of meeting depends on the group members. Some groups prefer Sunday afternoons others a weekday evening. Group meetings usually last 1.5–2 hours.
Is childcare provided for Life Group meetings?
Child care is not provided. Each group creates their own childcare plan. The following child care options have been used by Life Groups.
- Members have planned their own child care independent of the group.
- Groups have collectively hired a sitter for the children in the group and shared the cost.
- Group members have taken turns to watch the children at group meetings.
- Men and women alternate meeting and occasionally the whole group meets together.
- Older children of group members sometimes volunteer to watch the younger children.
- Children are included in group meetings
- Can I bring my children to group?
- Life Groups are designed for adults. The structure for groups is unique and will look a little different for each group, but we know that adults connect best with few distractions. Each group will determine their own child care plan.
What types of groups are available?
Many of our groups are formed around stages of life (singles, young marrieds, 20s/30s, 30s/40s, young families, empty nesters, multigenerational, etc.), similar interest (serve groups) or similar life situations (grief, divorce, etc.)
Groups can be single gender or coed.
Can I join a group of people like me (age, life stage, interest)?
Every person and group is different, we do our best to put you with people you might connect with.
What do groups study?
Each group chooses their own curriculum and Bible studies. We offer a comprehensive list of recommended material and help groups make curriculum choices.
What can I expect during a life group meeting?
The Life Group experience is typically shaped by its members and will, therefore, feel slightly different. However, you can expect groups to meet regularly, go through a study, have conversations, share a snack or meal, and pray together. Life Groups are however, not classes. Do not expect a teacher with all answers. Expect that group members will ask questions, share their learning, agree, disagree and encourage each other to apply their learnings to everyday life. Groups will also serve together either during their scheduled time or at other times.
When I join a Life Group, am I committed forever? No, it is okay to commit to a group for a season. While you will probably find yourself connecting with a group that you stay with long-term, you are always welcome to be a part of starting a new group.
What are the expectations of the group members in a Life Group?
- Attend group gatherings: You are an important part of the group. Your story and your perspective matter and are needed. By attending, you offer the gift of your unique contribution to the group.
- Participate: Your thoughts are important to the group. Don’t be afraid or hold back from the conversation. Join us so that we can learn from each other.
- Be real: Come as you are and be yourself. Offer the gift of being you and expect the same from others.
How much does it cost to join a Life Group?
- Our Life Groups are free.