Transformational LIFE Strategy
LIFE Groups come in a lot of different shapes and sizes. It may be 50 people meeting in classroom on a Sunday morning, or it may be a small group of 8-10 meeting around a living room on a weeknight.
LIFE Groups are not defined by a particular size or by when they meet, but rather by a common function. All our LIFE Groups strive to fulfill the elements of the Transformational LIFE Strategy.
These can be explained with the acronym L. I. F. E. In LIFE Groups, we seek to LOVE one another, INVOLVE ourselves in community, FOCUS on God’s Word, and ENGAGE the world.
In our larger LIFE Groups, we encourage different leaders to fulfill these differing roles. In this booklet, you will find a job description for each of one of these. In smaller groups, these same functions should still be a part of the group, even if every element is not assigned to a different person.
Love One Another: This role seeks to pray and minister for transformation, taking care of the prayer and care needs within the group. In coordination with the teacher / facilitator of the group (the “F” leader), the “L” leader will work with the needs of the group and work alongside the oversight of the Congregational Care Pastor.
Involved in Community: This role seeks to connect and serve for transformation, helping group members assimilate into the group and the church, and encouraging service within the church. In coordination with the teacher / facilitator (the “F” leader), the “I” leader will work to build community and service into the group, and work alongside the oversight of the Membership Pastor.
Focus on God’s Word: This role seeks to teach and lead for transformation. As the teacher or facilitator of the group, this person will provide biblically-based content that will help members grow spiritually and move more towards the Christ-centered life. The “F” leader will also lead other group leaders (“L”, “I”, and “E”) to help fulfill the functions of the LIFE Group. The “F” leader will work alongside the oversight of the appropriate Adult Minister.
Engage the World: This role seeks to help members reach out beyond the group through missions, evangelism training, and community service. In coordination with the teacher / facilitator (the “F” leader), the “E” leader will be the missions and outreach advocate within the group and work alongside the oversight of the Missions Minister.
The goal in all this is that our LIFE Groups can be a place where life transformation occurs. Our hope and prayer is to build communities where the personality and deeds of Jesus naturally flow through us whenever and wherever we live, work, and play.
Come join us on the journey!