What is a Home Group?
A Home Group usually consists of seven to fifteen adults who meet weekly to study, to share, and to support one another in their Christian lives. A typical meeting lasts from an hour and a half plus a little time for fellowship and refreshments. Some groups incorporate singing and worship. All groups serve together periodically on campus or in the community at places such as at Micah House, Cornerstone, the Cold Weather Shelter, and others.
Why should I join a home group?
In a small group, significant relationships can be developed with other members of our church body while experiencing true biblical community. We grow as Christ-followers as we study and apply God’s Word in our daily lives. Growth also occurs in our love toward God and for others as we share life and faith with one another.
Where and when do they meet?
Home Groups meet in homes throughout the Inland Empire most evenings where they provide an opportunity for each one of us to engage in real community. The limiting factors in organizing a group for a given night and location are the availability of trained leaders, of hosts, and of committed people.
How long does a group last?
Each study session lasts approximately twelve weeks. We divide the study sessions during the year according to the seasons (fall, winter, spring, and summer). At the end of each season, people are free to stay in the same group, join another group, or take a break. The majority of groups stay together throughout the year. However, most groups do not meet regularly during the summer though many meet socially or informally.
What is a Home Group Commitment?
We believe that significant relationships with other Christ-followers are essential for healthy spiritual growth. That’s why we urge people to be actively involved in a small group where real fellowship (koinonia) with God and with other believers is cultivated. As we are “Doing Life and Mission Together” in a healthy small group, we will naturally build one another up in faith while encouraging the best and bearing each other’s burdens.
Commitments are always a part of this kind of family and teamwork. As a member of a small group, you are asked to make five commitments that form the essential foundation for a healthy small group:
- Grace: Extending grace to one another is imitating God’s relationship to us. We are on a journey to know and follow Christ together.
- Faithfulness: Consistent attendance is necessary to develop deep and safe relationships. Therefore, we must commit to making our group a priority.
- Preparation: Members are urged to complete the material beforehand and come ready to share in conversation about what they have learned and thought about.
- Confidentiality: What is shared in the group remains in the group. Trust is vital for the creation of an atmosphere where people feel the freedom to share beyond the superficial.
- Burden-bearing: Small groups are a place where burden-bearing relationships takes place (Galatians 6:2). Members need to be willing to support and pray for one another as they face life’s challenges and opportunities.
Can I bring my kids?
We have found that it is best for kids to remain in the comfort of their own homes with a sitter. When children are within earshot, they distract their parents and inhibit discussion.
Can I change groups?
If the group you are assigned to is not a good fit, you’re welcome to try another one.