We realize that doing life alone can be tough. Challenges can build us up or tear us down. Sometimes we might wonder if we're walking through unique experiences--can anyone else possibly relate??? That's where Life Groups come in. Meeting together with others can help us get a good perspective on our own lives.
Why Join A Life Group?
If you’re not quite convinced about why you would need something besides the Sunday services, read on! And even if you’re already connected to a community, you can always use an encouragement or a reminder, right?
Here are the top reasons people join Vineyard Life Groups.
1. On Sundays, you will no longer feel like a stranger in the crowd.
You’ll feel connected in spite of the large number of strangers around you. Even though some people might have enjoyed remaining anonymous during Sunday services, after their first few months at Vineyard, without exception, they eventually feel disconnected and alone. However, building relationships in a life group is one of the first steps to making the faces recognizable! Many people who joined a life group have consistently shared that they feel connected even with the whole church. By the way, life group people tend to sit together during services like a family—we see this all the time.
2. Your life group will be a great support for your journey of life.
Your life group can become like family—a “home” away from home. As you build relationships in your life group, you’ll find that you won’t want to stand-alone any longer. As a matter of fact, many people involved in life groups are sharing their lives with each other and going through the ups and downs of their lives together. The people in their life groups are the ones that they seek after first, in times of celebration and in times of need.
3. You will be challenged to grow spiritually in a life group.
Because of the nature of a life group, you will probably receive encouragement and challenges by group members. It is within this face-to-face context that you can be sharpened spiritually (“as iron sharpens iron”), as well as receive constant encouragement for your spiritual growth. We have seen many lives changed through life group experiences!
4. You will be able to make a difference in others’ lives.
When we merely receive from others, we can enjoy only half of what Christian life can offer. Christian life can be much fuller only when one begins to use his or her spiritual gifts (God-given strengths) to serve God and others. When you simply respond to the real needs of real people in your life group, you can make a difference in their lives by showing how God has uniquely shaped you.
Vineyard is a place where nobody stands alone. Would you explore your potential with a life group here at The Vineyard?
Email LANCE TUCKER for more information about getting connected in, hosting, or even leading a Life Group.