Rev. Andrew Thompson
Pastor of Small Groups
“Opening Ourselves to Grace: The Basics of Christian Discipleship”
(From the United Methodist Church’s General Board of Discipleship)
Life Together Groups
A Life Together Group is a small, Christ-centered group of people who commit to live as the church by praying, studying, serving, sharing the Gospel, caring and connecting together.
Frequently Asked Questions about Life Together Groups
What are Life Together Groups?
Being a member of a church means more than worshiping on Sunday mornings – it means partnering in ministry with other people to live the Christian life. A Life Together Group is a group of about 12 people who commit with one another to live the whole Christian life: IN, OUT, and UP
What does IN, OUT, and UP refer to?
IN refers to the inward nature of a group: fellowship, caring for one another, friendship, and fun.
OUT refers to the outward reach of a group: service, sharing the Gospel, helping others.
UP refers to the upward reach toward God: prayer, study, and worship.
Where, when, & how often does a Life Together Group meet?
Each group meets weekly for about an hour and a half to two hours. Each group determines its own location and times.
Who determines what a Life Together Group will study?
Each group leader along with his/her group determines curriculum. The Adult Christian Education team helps to resource each group with ideas about possible studies.
What’s the difference between a Life Together Group and some other Bible Study at the church?
Life Together is “covenantal.” That means that each group writes a covenant (or a promise) that outlines how the group plans to live the Ins, Outs, and Ups of Christian life: What will the group study? In what ways will they serve their local community? How will they pray for one another? These are all questions that are addressed by the group’s covenant. ß[Link to Sample Covenant.]
So, although Bible study is certainly involved in Life Together, it is just one aspect of the group. Sometimes, the focus of a Life Together Group’s meeting will be to study the Bible; sometimes it might be to serve the poor; sometimes it might be to visit with a group member who is in the hospital; sometimes it might be to pray for one another. These are just a few examples.
My house is too messy/too small… Do I really have to host a group at my home?
Most groups choose to rotate their get-togethers among group members’ homes, however, groups might choose to meet in restaurants or rooms can be reserved on CLUMC campus.
How long is the commitment to Life Together?
As friendships deepen, groups often stay together for years. However, by joining a Life Together Group, you’re not committing to a “The-Rest-of-Your-Life Together” group. Schedules change, people move, and new friends are invited. By joining a group, you are really making about a 4-month commitment at a time. Three times a year, we host “Life Together Get-Together” events, which allow a group member to interact with other groups and even join another group if it seems to be a better fit.
How do I join a Life Together Group?
Fill out the [ form online ]. We’ll help you find a group that fits.
Rev. Andrew Thompson, 832-240-4911
Kevin Johnson, 832-240-4912
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