WHY LIFE GROUPS EXIST
Life Groups have one, simple purpose—to bring people together. We believe God created us to live in community with others and only then can we experience the full life He intends for us.
We believe life change happens in the context of Relationships.
Meaningful relationships can be hard to find, and Life Groups exist to make life-changing relationships relevant and accessible to you.
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
Passion Church Life Groups Model
At Passion Church, we believe our church must grow larger and smaller at the same time.
We grow larger to reach as many people as possible with the life-giving message of Jesus. We gather in Life Groups to build community and care for people.
Passion Church is a church of Small Groups, not a church with Small Groups.
We base our Life Group model on the early church as described in the Bible in the book of Acts. In Acts, you can read about the tremendous growth of the first church in Jerusalem, where small group meetings in homes helped lay the foundation.
Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.
Life Groups offer people:
A Place to Connect
Yes, whatever a person is like, I try to find common ground with him so that he will let me tell him about Christ and let Christ save him.
1 CORINTHIANS 9:22 TLB
We were not made to do life alone. God created us for community, and Life Groups provide a place to connect with others, share life, and grow in faith together.
A Place To Protect
We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.
1 JOHN 3:16 NLT
It is through life together that our problems become smaller, and God uses others to bring support and encouragement to our lives. Life Groups become a place where others don’t just know your name, but care about what is happening in your life and want to support you in your spiritual journey.
A Place To Grow
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
We believe every person is created with God-given potential to make a difference in the world. Life Groups are a place you can grow with others to become more like Jesus and reach the potential God has put inside you.
HOW TO START YOUR LIFE GROUP
1. Ask God
Ask God for direction about what group to lead and who to invite.
Once you decide on a topic or activity for your group, choose a place and time to meet.
Register your group in the online Life Groups Directory at Passionqc.churchcenter.com so people can find it and contact you to attend.
Invite people you know or meet to come check out your group.
Pray for God to do great things through your Life Group.
Preparing for your group meetings:
- Send a message to group members reminding them about the first meeting.
- Arrive early to set up a welcoming environment.
- Consider having name tags available to help everyone learn names for the first few weeks.
Here are a couple conversation starters to help get people talking as your group gets to know each other:
- How did you learn about our group?
- What are your hobbies?
- What are you looking forward to this year?
- What brought you here?
- What are you hoping to get out of this Life Group?
The same goes for those who want to be servants in the church: serious, not deceitful, not too free with the bottle, not in it for what they can get out of it. They must be reverent before the mystery of the faith, not using their position to try to run things. Let them prove themselves first. If they show they can do it, take them on. No exceptions are to be made for women—same qualifications: serious, dependable, not sharp-tongued, not overfond of wine. Servants in the church are to be committed to their spouses, attentive to their own children, and diligent in looking after their own affairs. Those who do this servant work will come to be highly respected, a real credit to this Jesus-faith.
1 TIMOTHY 3:8-10 MSG
- Sincere, worthy of respect, and of a good reputation.
- Tithe regularly to Passion Church.
- Have a genuine desire to serve and minister to other people.
- Able to lead, motivate, and teach other people.
- Able to create positive group dynamics, and deal with conflict resolution within the group.