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LIFE GROUPS

This summer kick-start your spiritual growth

 

One part of our mission is simple: restoring everyone into full fellowship with Christ and others. While this can occur in a multitude of ways, one primary way this occurs is our Life Group environment. 

SUMMER SEMESTER​

June 9th - August 3rd

Church Alive's Life Groups are 15-20 people meeting together once a week, starting February 10th, for 10-12 weeks to learn more about the Bible, grow in their faith, and have fun meeting new people.

Signing up is easy:

1) Find the group that's right for you above.

2) Click "sign up" or the book cover.

3) Complete the simple form.

4) Your Life Group Leader emails you all the Group details.

At Church Alive, we believe spiritual growth happens best in the context of community. That’s why we encourage every person that’s serious about following Christ to get involved in a Life Group. We offer outreach groups that serve and love our community. We also offer Bible study and curriculum-based groups to help you grow in Bible literacy.

 

Whatever your season of life, whatever your interests, we believe the abundant life we all long for is found in a community. Don’t miss it!

 

FIND MY GROUP

Search below to find the group that works best for you!

 

WHAT TO EXPECT?

We want your first experience in Life Group to be relaxed, and to enjoy with your family. Here is some information to help you know what to expect.

Do you ever have the urge to buy school supplies in early August? Do you feel like the world winds down to a slow crawl from Thanksgiving to New Years? Do you find yourself eager for a fresh start when spring arrives? 

 

We have all grown up in the modern educational system, and we are wired to associate feelings of new beginnings and inherent endings within seasons of the year. There is a natural flow in how we relate to the progression of our months. 

Our educational structure defines our culture. People adhere to the rhythm of the educational system throughout their developmental years. As grown-ups, that doesn’t change. Either our lives still revolve around the academic calendar because we have kids in school, or we are likely involved in some form of continuing education ourselves. Even the farthest removed adult still feels like he or she should get a summer vacation. We know that and intrinsically respond to the structure of this system.

This truth plays a significant role in the development of Church Alive's semester-based Life Group philosophy. The same type of system we have all been in for most of our lives also work best for Life Groups. That is, a semester-based system, modeled after the prevalent American educational calendar.


People grow best through built-in “stress and release” periods that make up the school year. In other words, we grow most effectively in a semester-based system. Semesters are, by definition, time-bound. 

 

While most Life Group philosophies tell you that groups need to last anywhere from 18 months until-death-do-us-part, we believe that 8 to 12 weeks is the perfect length for a healthy group. When you put time-bound groups in place and mold them around the natural flow of the academic year, you encourage more people to sign up. Also, you guard against the genuine danger of stagnation and open the door for new guests to participate.

 

Church Alive offers Life Group in a three-semester rotation: Spring, Summer, and Fall. The spring and fall semesters are 12-week commitments while the summers are 8-week. 

SEMESTER BASED

Time is a valuable commodity. It should never be wasted and must to be prioritized. At Church Alive we believe that setting aside the time to engage with Christ and other believers in life-giving fellowship is of high importance. It serves as an indispensable aid for your spiritual growth and personal health. Therefore, we ask you to prioritize your time and engage in a Life Group.

Simultaneously, we want to be respectful of your time. That is why we have asked our Life group leaders to make the first meeting, and every meeting to follow, 90 minutes or less. We have asked them to keep from dragging beyond that time limit.

On rare occasions, a Life Group may require a longer meeting time. If this becomes necessary, as much as possible, we will look to disclose that with you ahead of time.

90 MINUTES OR LESS

Occasionally we have questions asked about the covenant. Here are some common questions that we find:

1. Do I have to attend Church Alive weekend worship services to be in a Life Group?

 

This question comes from the second statement in the covenant where we ask group members to “attend, give, serve and invite” as part of the Life Group experience. 

 

The short answer is, “Yes, as much as possible.” Life Groups are not meant to be standalone stations of spiritual growth but are part of the overall commitment to being a fully engaged member of our church. 

Our philosophy is that someone who has another home church should not be a part of Life Group at Church Alive. While some may think that our mindset on this issue goes against the Kingdom mentality that all churches are on the same team, the opposite is true. 

 

We believe that encouraging someone to keep the commitments they have made to their church is one of the most beneficial things we can do for God’s kingdom. Every church needs its own fully committed people as we work together to build up the kingdom of God.

 

2. Do I have to commit to attending every week if I sign the covenant?

 

This question often comes from the first statement in the covenant. Our intent with this statement is that you will attend Life Group every time it is at all possible. Everyone will miss from time to time due to a sick child, last-minute work responsibilities, etc., but the commitment is to make your presence a priority. 

As a common courtesy, if you know that you will be unable to attend a meeting, make sure to contact the group leader ahead of time. Also, please keep up with the reading you may have missed. 

 

3. Do I have to sign the covenant to attend the group?

 

Again, the short answer to this question is “Yes,” but talk to the pastoral staff, or group leader, and share your concern further. Often the issue is driven because of a lack of clarity or misunderstanding of why the agreement is necessary. 

The pastoral staff does not collect these covenants. There’s no need for them to go on file at the church, as they are commitments made between group members for only that one semester. The primary interest of Church Alive in the matter is to ensure that agreements are made ahead of time to prevent disagreements later on; which can ultimately affect the church.

COMMON QUESTIONS ON THE COVENANT

At Church Alive, we are passionate about Life Groups because it aligns with the mission that we believe God has for us to accomplish. 

 

To maximize your personal growth, and the development of others, we ask you to enter into covenant with one another. Covenant is a way of saying, "an agreement taken seriously." We are a firm believer that people take serious those expectations that the group takes seriously, and Life Group is undoubtedly one of importance. With the covenant, you are coming together before the Lord and each other to state that you will take this short-term commitment seriously.

People grow best when accountability is high, and expectations are clear. Also, agreements on the front end prevent disagreements later on; which lead to a better experience for all group members and the leader. We ask our Life Group leaders to spend at least 15 minutes on the first night to go over the covenant with you. During the first night you are asked to make the following five commitments:

 

1. I will make this group a priority by attending each week, keeping up with my assignments and participating openly in group discussion.

Now, let's be reasonable. We know that you will come across a scheduling conflict, here or there along the way. It's ok. These things happen, but please offer the Group Leader the courtesy of knowing ahead of time so that that preparation can be made accordingly.

 

2. I will regularly attend Church Alive services and contribute to the ministry of the church through my attendance, giving, service, and inviting of others.

 

3. I will strive to build authentic relationships with those in this group by showing care, providing encouragement and praying for their needs.

 

4. I will respect the members of my team by keeping relevant group conversations confidential.

 

5. I will explore my next steps for spiritual growth honestly.   

 

Oh, one more. Have fun! There is nowhere in the bible that says that you cannot enjoy your adventure along the way.

GROUP COVENANT

At Church Alive, we are passionate about Life Groups because it aligns with the mission that we believe God has for us to accomplish. 

 

To maximize your personal growth, and the development of others, we ask you to enter into covenant with one another. Covenant is a way of saying, "an agreement taken seriously." We are a firm believer that people take serious those expectations that the group takes seriously, and Life Group is undoubtedly one of importance. With the covenant, you are coming together before the Lord and each other to state that you will take this short-term commitment seriously.

People grow best when accountability is high, and expectations are clear. Also, agreements on the front end prevent disagreements later on; which lead to a better experience for all group members and the leader. We ask our Life Group leaders to spend at least 15 minutes on the first night to go over the covenant with you. During the first night you are asked to make the following five commitments:

 

1. I will make this group a priority by attending each week, keeping up with my assignments and participating openly in group discussion.

Now, let's be reasonable. We know that you will come across a scheduling conflict, here or there along the way. It's ok. These things happen, but please offer the Group Leader the courtesy of knowing ahead of time so that that preparation can be made accordingly.

 

2. I will regularly attend Church Alive services and contribute to the ministry of the church through my attendance, giving, service, and inviting of others.

 

3. I will strive to build authentic relationships with those in this group by showing care, providing encouragement and praying for their needs.

 

4. I will respect the members of my team by keeping relevant group conversations confidential.

 

5. I will explore my next steps for spiritual growth honestly.   

 

Oh, one more. Have fun! There is nowhere in the bible that says that you cannot enjoy your adventure along the way.

GROUP COVENANT

At Church Alive, we are passionate about Life Groups because it aligns with the mission that we believe God has for us to accomplish. 

 

To maximize your personal growth, and the development of others, we ask you to enter into covenant with one another. Covenant is a way of saying, "an agreement taken seriously." We are a firm believer that people take serious those expectations that the group takes seriously, and Life Group is undoubtedly one of importance. With the covenant, you are coming together before the Lord and each other to state that you will take this short-term commitment seriously.

People grow best when accountability is high, and expectations are clear. Also, agreements on the front end prevent disagreements later on; which lead to a better experience for all group members and the leader. We ask our Life Group leaders to spend at least 15 minutes on the first night to go over the covenant with you. During the first night you are asked to make the following five commitments:

 

1. I will make this group a priority by attending each week, keeping up with my assignments and participating openly in group discussion.

Now, let's be reasonable. We know that you will come across a scheduling conflict, here or there along the way. It's ok. These things happen, but please offer the Group Leader the courtesy of knowing ahead of time so that that preparation can be made accordingly.

 

2. I will regularly attend Church Alive services and contribute to the ministry of the church through my attendance, giving, service, and inviting of others.

 

3. I will strive to build authentic relationships with those in this group by showing care, providing encouragement and praying for their needs.

 

4. I will respect the members of my team by keeping relevant group conversations confidential.

 

5. I will explore my next steps for spiritual growth honestly.   

 

Oh, one more. Have fun! There is nowhere in the bible that says that you cannot enjoy your adventure along the way.

GROUP COVENANT

We fight hard to make it crystal clear how to sign up for a group at Church Alive. Here are three particularly useful ways:

 

1. Sign Up During Our Weekend Service

 

Signing up during service is the most common way to join a Life Group. As you enter the Church Alive facility for our Weekend Service, you will receive a program.  This program will include an outline of the message, a communication card, and a magazine listing available Life Groups for the semester.  

 

As you thumb through the magazine, you will notice that we label each group with a specific number. Once you identify which group works best take note of the group number and write it on the backside of your Communication Card.

 

2. Use Our Website

 

We have a direct link at abq.group that will take you straight to the Life Group information on our website. Feel free to use it and sign up with minimal effort. Or click on the tab above that says, "Join A Life Group."

 

3. Sign Up at the Groups Table in the Lobby

 

Many of our group leaders are available after service in the lobby near the Life Group table. They will be wearing a blue lanyard. They will be familiar with our Life Group environment and will have a general knowledge of all groups available. You can sign up at the table in just a few seconds. 

 

4. Church Center App

 

Church Alive has a Church Center App that allows you to register on your phone. 

iPhone   Google play

HOW DO I SIGNUP?

At Church Alive, we are passionate about Life Groups because it aligns with the mission that we believe God has for us to accomplish. 

 

To maximize your personal growth, and the development of others, we ask you to enter into covenant with one another. Covenant is a way of saying, "an agreement taken seriously." We are a firm believer that people take serious those expectations that the group takes seriously, and Life Group is undoubtedly one of importance. With the covenant, you are coming together before the Lord and each other to state that you will take this short-term commitment seriously.

People grow best when accountability is high, and expectations are clear. Also, agreements on the front end prevent disagreements later on; which lead to a better experience for all group members and the leader. We ask our Life Group leaders to spend at least 15 minutes on the first night to go over the covenant with you. During the first night you are asked to make the following five commitments:

 

1. I will make this group a priority by attending each week, keeping up with my assignments and participating openly in group discussion.

Now, let's be reasonable. We know that you will come across a scheduling conflict, here or there along the way. It's ok. These things happen, but please offer the Group Leader the courtesy of knowing ahead of time so that that preparation can be made accordingly.

 

2. I will regularly attend Church Alive services and contribute to the ministry of the church through my attendance, giving, service, and inviting of others.

 

3. I will strive to build authentic relationships with those in this group by showing care, providing encouragement and praying for their needs.

 

4. I will respect the members of my team by keeping relevant group conversations confidential.

 

5. I will explore my next steps for spiritual growth honestly.   

 

Oh, one more. Have fun! There is nowhere in the bible that says that you cannot enjoy your adventure along the way.

GROUP COVENANT

You are probably familiar with what a standard syllabus looks like since you came through the educational system. As you might expect, a syllabus is merely a list of critical dates for the upcoming group along with the reading/study assignments for each week the group will meet. 

 

Even if a group doesn’t have outside reading, a syllabus lets everyone know the meeting dates and what topics will be discussed on those days.

 

These will most likely include:

  • When the group will be off 

  • When the group will meet at a different location

  • When the group will do an evangelism outreach together

  • When the group will do something fun together

  • Date of the last group meeting

SYLLABUS

At Church Alive, we are passionate about Life Groups because it aligns with the mission that we believe God has for us to accomplish. 

 

To maximize your personal growth, and the development of others, we ask you to enter into covenant with one another. Covenant is a way of saying, "an agreement taken seriously." We are a firm believer that people take serious those expectations that the group takes seriously, and Life Group is undoubtedly one of importance. With the covenant, you are coming together before the Lord and each other to state that you will take this short-term commitment seriously.

People grow best when accountability is high, and expectations are clear. Also, agreements on the front end prevent disagreements later on; which lead to a better experience for all group members and the leader. We ask our Life Group leaders to spend at least 15 minutes on the first night to go over the covenant with you. During the first night you are asked to make the following five commitments:

 

1. I will make this group a priority by attending each week, keeping up with my assignments and participating openly in group discussion.

Now, let's be reasonable. We know that you will come across a scheduling conflict, here or there along the way. It's ok. These things happen, but please offer the Group Leader the courtesy of knowing ahead of time so that that preparation can be made accordingly.

 

2. I will regularly attend Church Alive services and contribute to the ministry of the church through my attendance, giving, service, and inviting of others.

 

3. I will strive to build authentic relationships with those in this group by showing care, providing encouragement and praying for their needs.

 

4. I will respect the members of my team by keeping relevant group conversations confidential.

 

5. I will explore my next steps for spiritual growth honestly.   

 

Oh, one more. Have fun! There is nowhere in the bible that says that you cannot enjoy your adventure along the way.

GROUP COVENANT

At Church Alive, we are passionate about Life Groups because it aligns with the mission that we believe God has for us to accomplish. 

 

To maximize your personal growth, and the development of others, we ask you to enter into covenant with one another. Covenant is a way of saying, "an agreement taken seriously." We are a firm believer that people take serious those expectations that the group takes seriously, and Life Group is undoubtedly one of importance. With the covenant, you are coming together before the Lord and each other to state that you will take this short-term commitment seriously.

People grow best when accountability is high, and expectations are clear. Also, agreements on the front end prevent disagreements later on; which lead to a better experience for all group members and the leader. We ask our Life Group leaders to spend at least 15 minutes on the first night to go over the covenant with you. During the first night you are asked to make the following five commitments:

 

1. I will make this group a priority by attending each week, keeping up with my assignments and participating openly in group discussion.

Now, let's be reasonable. We know that you will come across a scheduling conflict, here or there along the way. It's ok. These things happen, but please offer the Group Leader the courtesy of knowing ahead of time so that that preparation can be made accordingly.

 

2. I will regularly attend Church Alive services and contribute to the ministry of the church through my attendance, giving, service, and inviting of others.

 

3. I will strive to build authentic relationships with those in this group by showing care, providing encouragement and praying for their needs.

 

4. I will respect the members of my team by keeping relevant group conversations confidential.

 

5. I will explore my next steps for spiritual growth honestly.   

 

Oh, one more. Have fun! There is nowhere in the bible that says that you cannot enjoy your adventure along the way.

GROUP COVENANT

 

WANT TO BECOME A BETTER LEADER?

Below you will find a variety of great resources to help you succeed and grow as a Life Group Leader. From FAQs to tutorial videos to great curriculum suggestions, we want you to have the resources to succeed in your leadership journey.

Great leaders are great followers first

 

Life- change must first be evident in our lives before we can help others discover the life-changing power of Jesus. We cannot lead people where we are not going. Great Life Group Leaders are fully committed to following Jesus first. 

 

3 KEY COMMITMENTS

 

1. Pray for each group member daily.

God changes people’s hearts, heals their past, sets them free. Not us. So ask Him to do what ONLY He can do.

2. Build a real relationship with each group member. 

God uses people to GROW people. Invest the time to truly know your group. This is how Jesus’ love is felt and known.

3. Help each group member take their Next Step.

God deeply desires to GROW us. And He almost always does it through simple steps. Life Group Leaders help their members identify and take their Next Step with Jesus.

ROLE OF A LIFE GROUP LEADER

3 KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

 

1. We ask you to facilitate group discussion once a week.

 

2. We ask you to meet with your Life Group Coach once a month, by phone or in person.

3. We ask you to recommend at least one new leader from a current group

once a semester.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF A LIFE GROUP LEADER

Find something that will facilitate good discussion, but for the purpose of growing together as a group and growing closer to Jesus.

GO TO CURRICULUM >

CURRICULUM

  • Start and end on time.
     

  • Be a facilitator, not a lecturer— your goal is to encourage personal interaction and self-discovery. Be a good listener.
     

  • Focus on what scripture says, not your own ideas and opinions.
     

  • Seek to understand before being understood. Never put down a person’s comments or contributions.
     

  • Don’t allow one or two people to dominate the discussion.
     

  • Don’t force anyone to talk, but encourage involvement with reluctant participants.
     

  • Keep the discussion on track. If new issues are raised, suggest that you return to them after the current discussion is completed.
     

  • Ask good follow-up questions to take the conversation further.
     

  • Remember, the goal is to build relationships, not complete the curriculum.
     

  • Be sure to include fun into your semester. Set aside some time to just do something fun as a group.

FACILITATING TIPS

  • Leading a Small Group is a ten to twelve-week commitment. After each semester ends, it’s up to you and your group to decide whether you will continue meeting at the start of the next semester.

HOW LONG IS THE COMMITMENT?

Group leaders are the frontline facilitators in our structure. They have a direct impact on 5 to 20 group attendees every week. The following is the requirements we ask of our leaders.

 

 6 KEY REQUIREMENTS

1. We ask you to be a church member.

 

One caveat: a first-time leader can be a regular attendee headed toward membership.

 

- Members protect the unity of the Church.

- Members share in the responsibilities of the church.

- Members serve in the ministry of the church.

- A member is a contributor, not a consumer.

 

 As you move into places of leadership and

influence, membership in the church becomes all the more critical. We are interested in your spiritual development in this process, and also it's in the interest of the vision of Church Alive.

 

2. We ask you to have been a member of a previous Life group.

 

Most churches in America have some type of small group environment but play out

dramatically different from church to church. So whether you have never been in a life group environment before or come from a church that has something similar in place, we want our leaders to be aware of the Church Alive's culture and strategy.

 

3. We ask you to have served as a Life Group Coordinator in the past.

 

To refresh your memory, a group coordinator is someone who is part of the group, who volunteers to assist the group leaders with necessary administrative and organizational tasks throughout the semester. Serving as a Life Group Coordinator helps a facilitator. Coordinators don't just participate in the

group, they help facilitate.

 

4. We ask you to be willing to attend group leaders training.

 

5. We ask you to be committed to raising new leaders.

 

As you become more and more skilled in this art of facilitation, we want you to come alongside us and develop others along the way. It takes a collective effort for us to get better. Many hands make for light work.

 

6. We ask you to be regularly contributing to the church financially.

REQUIREMENTS OF A LIFE GROUP LEADER

Set Clear Expectations

 

A key to helping people feel comfortable in your group is to let them know what to expect. Take time to share how the group will flow from week to week. This can include things like explaining the times you will begin and end the group, how discussion or group activities will happen, and how the group will rally as a family to care for and support one another.

 

Follow the 70/30 Rule

 

Give the members of your group room to speak up instead of doing all the talking yourself. About 70% of talking should come from members and 30% from the leader.

 

Keep the Discussion Positive

 

If the conversation takes a negative or destructive turn, guide it back to a healthy place. If someone needs to talk about a sensitive or complex issue, you can follow up with them after the group or call your coach to help you respond well.

Keep the Conversation Relevant to Everyone

Remember, everyone in your group will be at different places in their spiritual journey. Be thoughtful when you talk about spiritual concepts or church terms that might be unfamiliar to new Christians or new church-goers.

Respect Boundaries

Men should minister to men and women should minister to women. A couple may minister to a single person. We want to maintain integrity and purity in our Small Groups. These boundaries will help protect the leaders and group members from entering into an uncomfortable or inappropriate situation.

CREATING HEALTHY GROUP DYNAMICS

If your group is meeting for the first time, you may want to use some icebreakers to help people ease into the conversation.

GO TO ICE BREAKERS >

ICE BREAKERS

  • This allows group leaders and participants to have built- in breaks throughout the year. We believe there is value in cyclical beginnings and endings to Small Group experiences.

WHY ARE THERE SEMESTERS?

 

SIGN UP TO BE A LEADER

Ready to take that next step? Let us know.

CHURCH ALIVE LIFE GROUP TRAINING

Life Group training is necessary for all leaders to take, and available for any of our members to learn from. Enroll below!

 

ADVANCED COACHING

As your commitment to God's church increases, our commitment to equipping you also increases. Life Group is one of eight systems of a healthy church. Learn at a pastoral level by listening to Dr. Nelson Searcy's advanced Life Group coaching.