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LIFE GROUPS DEFINED:

Simply put, a life group is a group of friends (new and existing) who consistently get together with a purpose and are intentional about having spiritual conversations and following Christ.

If this seems like a “flexible” definition, it is! Real community doesn’t always fit inside one set box. That’s why we’ve gone with the values approach. Whatever a group looks like, as long as we’re pursuing and living out our four values in one way or another, then it’s great! Our four values are our “bulls eye” for a healthy group; beyond that, get creative, seek God, and learn together. This means that as long as we’re being real with each other and living out Jesus’ teaching together, each group may look a little different, and that’s great!

 

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WHY LIFE GROUPS?

Life Groups are one way that we “do life together” at Christian Life Fellowship. It’s tough to have deep relationships by merely attending a big event like a church service. That’s where life groups come in. Real relationships are built out of shared experiences: meals together, conversations, adventures, serving others together, being there for each other when a need arises, and creating memories together. As we follow Christ TOGETHER ‘iron sharpens iron’ friendships emerge and true discipleship takes place. It is more than just a Sunday thing. It is a way of life.

 

VALUES-BASED LIFE GROUPS

PURSUIT OF GOD
This means that as a group we’re actively growing in our relationship with God through worship, Bible study, and obedience. Together we are learning what it means to follow Jesus and live out his teaching.

 

TRANSPARENT CONNECTIONS
Life groups are so much more than sitting in a circle confessing our deep, dark secrets. We need to be real and authentic with each other, but those relationships come through a life lived together. This means we take time to have fun, eat together, and share stories from our lives. Bible study is important, but so are trips to a park, weekend hikes, and barbeques.

 

AUTHENTIC SERVICE
This means tangible ways of living out and spreading Christ’s love by serving our communities and engaging with non-Christians in real friendships on a regular basis. The possibilities here are endless…from active involvement in a local school to preparing meals for someone in need, but the goal is to make service a way of life.

 

NATURAL GROWTH
As in nature, anything living is either growing or dying. Therefore, it is important that our life groups continue growing by reproducing. We can do this by always being open to new people. This is a life characterized by hospitality: we care for the people we are with and constantly welcome others. It isn’t a forced thing, and there are no time lines or systems here. For, as we’re living life together, we’ll naturally want to invite others along on our journey. This also means that at some points along the way, we’ll be led to release people out from our group to start new groups and continue the process of growing.

 

For information about getting involved in a Life Group contact the church office, 715.887.3565 or email us- info@clfonline.org