Discipleship is one of the key focus areas for us at Pathway Church. We believe that every person should not only be part of a church community, but they should also be systematically learning and growing. It is impossible to meet the spiritual and intellectual needs of every person on Sunday mornings. Life Groups (formerly called small groups) allow for intimate settings, relationship building, and stage appropriate learning. Our Life Groups are run on a regular basis throughout the year – please let us know if you are interested and we will do our best to accommodate you.
"Doing faith and life together"
Life Group F.A.Q’s
What is a Life Group
A Life Group is essentially a small group of individuals who meet 3x each month to study, pray, and do life together. It is in the context of these groups that we can support and encourage one another.
Why are your Life Groups CLOSED groups?
Most of our Life Groups are closed because we believe that it is important to build trusting relationships where people can be honest, transparent, and even vulnerable. For most people – this type of relationship will only develop with lots of time. Our small groups will typically stay together for 1 to 2 years and then we will divide them (keeping some of the group members together) and multiplying the group by adding new families. We usually have 2 or 3 opportunities (September & January) each year for people to join a group.
The one exception to this rule is our Young Adults Small Group which is open throughout the year for newcomers.
When do your Life Groups meet?
Our groups take place at a time and location that works for each individual group. We presently have groups meeting on most nights of the week. Locations will vary throughout the year as families will take turns hosting the group in their homes.
How big are your Life Groups?
We typically try to keep the groups to 5 or 6 families (kids are often in attendance as well) so that everyone can participate and be involved in the discussion.
Do I have to attend Pathway Church for a certain period of time before joining a Life Group?
We ask that you do not join a Life Group if you are still trying to choose a church home. Everyone who joins a Life Group will need to be willing to commit for the upcoming 9 months. This is difficult to do if you are not yet certain if this is your church home.
What will be required of me if I join a Life Group?
There are a number of things for you to consider as you join a Life Group:
- Be willing to attend as often as possible (groups meet 3x month)
- Be willing to host (if possible, many groups will rotate host homes)
- Be willing to bring snack (on a rotation)
- Be willing to contribute to the group in conversation, helping with organization, and with children (if applicable)
** How do I join a Life Group?
Each September and January we host an event called Life Link where you will be able to see all the options available and select a group that works for you. Click here to visit out Life Link FAQ’s.
If you are joining in the middle of our Life Group season … please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on getting plugged in.