What is a Growth Group?
Simply put, it's the best way to get involved and grow in your faith here at Grace.
Grace is a big place and it can be easy to get lost in the crowd. Growth Groups allow our big church to feel like a small church. They let us know and be known by others as we experience living the Gospel together. We truly believe that Gospel transformation happens in the context of small groups where real relationships can be experienced and deepened.
So how do they work and what are they for?
Growth Groups are groups of about 6-12 people who meet for 9 weeks at a time to do 4 things:
1. Grow. These groups are the primary place for growth in our understanding of God's word. We gather each week to discuss the Sunday sermon and how God’s word changes our everyday lives. As we gather, we create safe spaces for people to ask questions about the Bible and when we do, we all grow together.
2. Pray. Colossians 1:9 says, 'we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.' We not only pray for one another's needs but also for each other's spiritual growth. We have the privilege to gather and come before God as a group and to pray throughout the week.
3. Care. Growth Groups are the frontline for care at Grace. These groups are places where people can go and open up their lives to others. The Church is called to be a family, and so we care for each other that way.
4. Serve. Not only do we Grow, Pray, and Care, but we also Serve! Serving with others is an amazing way to grow in your relationship with others and your relationship with God. Every Fall quarter our groups pray and plan so they can best serve those in our church and our community.
Growth Groups meet on a quarterly basis each Fall, Winter, and Spring with some groups meeting through the Summer as well.
Ready to get plugged in? Click the link below to check out all our groups.
EXPLORE GROWTH GROUPS
So what if I'm not comfortable joining a group at someone's home?
If this is you, we have something you may want to try. It's called an On-Ramp Group. This group is our 'try before you buy' solution. If you want to test the waters of what a growth group looks like you can attend this group on Sunday mornings during the 11 am service at our SLO campus. Chip & Lisa Neuenschwander lead our On-Ramp Group and they would love to have you!
Is it worth it? Here is what people at Grace are saying about
“When I first came to Grace in 2008 I knew one person, my sister. After a number of months, my wife and I joined a Growth Group of complete strangers. We were in that group for 5 years and now those people are some of our best friends. It literally changed our lives. We now lead a young marrieds group at our home in SLO where we get to live life together and help couples navigate the early years of marriage. Growth Groups are a must. You can't afford not to join one.” - Pastor Miles Nelson
“I'm at home most of the time with 4 little ones and it can be hard to get out and fellowship. by having a weekly meeting I am forced to be in community with others and no matter how difficult it is to prepare for, it is always worth it and I always feel blessed at the end of the night. Growth groups have given me friends in a season of life when meeting new people and developing relationships can be challenging.” - Jenny Nanninga, Young Marrieds Growth Group Shepherd
“Growth Groups are a great way to divert my thinking from all the tasks at hand, slow down and grow in my knowledge and love of God. It's also a great way to build relationships with the other believers involved.” - Dayton Muxlow, Cal Poly student, and College Co-Ed Growth Group Shepherd