You Begin to “Feel” Like a Part of the Family
Most people who have experienced a Growth Group will say that the greatest benefit is the close friendships that develop and continue to this day. You will never know that we are all “in the same boat” unless you interact with others who are struggling through the same frustrations and brokenness, and celebrating some of the same joys and life-stage monuments. There is no short-cut to “feeling” connected, and our Growth Groups provide the best opportunity for all of us to be known, loved and celebrated.
Have you ever listened to a sermon or Bible lesson and thought “what in the world are they talking about!?” Or have you ever wanted to ask questions about what you are reading and wonder how others interpret that same passage? Or maybe you just find the whole exercise boring? The best and most effective way to apply truth is to uncover it in group settings with real people who have real questions and who are honestly seeking answers like yourself. You’ll find that most people have sincere questions about the Bible and its meanings and applications. That’s why the Bible is a living document best unwrapped with others who can help impart definition, application, experience and personal journey to breathe life into it’s pages. That is anything but boring!
Prayer Will Become More Meaningful
We all know what it’s like to say we will pray for someone and not follow through, or simply forget. But when life takes a turn and we find ourselves on the receiving end of a heavy hammer of pain, loss and heartache it’s a real blessing to have a few people who know and love you, lift you up in prayer. Sometimes we forget to pray because we lack relationship with those who need our prayers he most. Growth Groups are the best way to motivate us to a more devoted quiet and authentic life with our Savior and those for whom we pray.
You Will Be Able to Handle Pressure Much Better
Small Groups provide the most desired support in times of crisis, change and stress. You will have a sense of security knowing that there are people who really know and love you who will come alongside and support you in meaningful and practical ways when the rest have left. It is common to find our small groups providing support as babysitters, furniture movers, hospital visitors, dinner providers and income supplementers in times of need.
You Will Have a Natural Way to Share Your Life With Christ to Others Who May Not Know Him
A lot of our friends, co-workers and associates wouldn’t be caught dead in a church…at least not right away. But almost everyone is open to an invitation to be known and cared for in a genuine and authentic environment of heartfelt support. Even those of us who have journeyed for years with Christ need a safe place to unload our doubts, fears and scars from the path. A Growth Group is a win for everyone who partakes.
You Can Develop Your Leadership Skills
None of us are called to be Sunday morning spectators of The Faith. We all have something unique and gifted to share in a group setting. A Growth Group utilizes many gifts often overlooked in a church like hospitality, wisdom, teaching, counsel and discernment as well as many more. A Growth Group is a microcosm of how God intended the Church to be where we listen, learn, speak, care, pray and support one another.
You Will Deepen Your Worship Experience
Worship is so much more than Sunday morning singing, and a sermon and offering! When people experience true, authentic community where honest lives are shared and our broken places are revealed, where the Bible is de-mystified and prayer is personal, where people listen, cry and laugh together…then we can truly experience a kind of worship we never knew existed and never want to miss again.
You Can Be a New Testament Christian
God never intended the church to be about Pastors meeting the needs of a growing congregation, but rather a group of paid “equippers of the Kingdom” inspiring and leading others to take care of the needs that are closest to their own community. God intended for all of us to be ministers and pastors in our own sphere of influence where we can physically and spiritually reach out and touch someone’s life. Only when we gather together in Growth Groups can we experience true community and Biblical care with people who know and love us in the deepest sense.
So How Do I Get Started?
Well, it’s really up to you.
You can dangle your feet into the water and learn more about who we are, or you can walk in up to your knees and meet with others who are asking questions, or you can get in up to your waist with others who are looking for some more lasting connections.
Email us at BFCNewark@BFCNewarkDE.org to get connected/started!