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What are Growth Groups?

 

Growth Groups are an extension of
Christ’s shepherding through the
elders, pastors, and under-shepherds. These groups exist
to glorify God by enjoying the Gospel, equipping disciples, and engaging the cities of the RTP (Research Triangle Park) in community.

 

God made us in His image so that we might be image bearers, but mankind rebelled and we now live in a shattered image. In Christ we are redeemed and being restored as image bearers of Christ. The Gospel forms Christ in our lives by the Holy Word, Holy Spirit and through community together. Growth Groups are a highly practical way to be rooted in the gospel to reflect God's glory. We desire to bless our neighbors by the love of Jesus through the saved, sanctified, and sent lives of our members. 

 

9 Essential Elements of Growth Groups (Acts 2:42-47 Model Groups)

 

“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” – Acts 2:42-47

 

At Rooted Church, we see Acts 2:42-47 as a positive example of what healthy Christian living looks like. Thus, we see nine elements which can be modeled by our Growth Groups:

 

  • 1 – Devoted Together (2:42a)

  • 2 – Bible Study Together (2:42b) 

  • 3 – Fellowship Together (2;42, 44, 45)

  • 4 – Meals Together (2:42d)

  • 5 – Prayer Together (2:42e)

  • 6 – Gathered Together (2:46a-b)

  • 7 – Generous Together (2:46c)

  • 8 – Praising God Together (2:47a) 

  • 9 – On Mission Together (2:47a-b)

 

What is the strategy of Growth Groups? The 3 B’s!

 

  • Build – The building phase involves praying for wisdom, leaders, and hosts. Building means that we pray and invite our friends, those at church who are not in a group, and assist with follow-up from Sunday. Growth group building may include outreach, parties, etc. 

 

  • Bond – The bonding happens during the group time and outside the group. It’s the process of enjoying meals and quality time spent together. As a Growth Group bonds through study, mission, sharing, openness, praying and playing together, an uncommon community is fostered as lives are ordered around the Gospel. 

 

  • Branch – Lord willing, Growth Groups increase both spiritually and numerically by God’s grace. A healthy Growth Group enjoys the Gospel, equips disciples in community and engages the city around them. Thus, training people in the group in leading and facilitating the meeting is essential. Also, developing hosts with the gift of hospitality is vital to branching new Growth Groups. 

 

What are the monthly rhythms for Growth Groups?

These rhythm helps us to be faithful to our vision and mission of Rooted Church. It also makes it doable with our weekly and monthly schedules by God’s grace. 

  • 3 Bible Studies (book of the bible, topical study, or equipping) 

  • 1 Community Outreach (Social, Event, Community Gathering, City Engagement)

 

Why should I be in a Growth Group?

Life is not meant to be lived alone! God made us to connect intentionally with others just as the Triune God exists in community. We pursue being an uncommon community together that reflects God’s glory and engages the cities of the RTP.  We believe Growth Groups are the best environment for this to happen. (Hebrews 10:24-25)

 

Will I fit in?

Yes! Regardless of your background or experience, Rooted Church Growth Groups are for you. Groups are a mix of people, some just starting to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ and others who are seasoned in their walk with Him. That’s one of the best parts of group life. We value diversity as we exercise faith, hope, and love together. 

 

Will I be put on the spot or made to pray out loud? 

Groups are a safe place. Typically, Growth Groups take prayer requests, then those who want to, pray for those requests.

 

Can I be part of a Growth Group even if I don’t attend Rooted? 

Yes. You don’t have to attend Rooted Sunday or even be a Christian to attend a Growth Group.

 

Are Growth Groups a good place to invite friends? 

If someone doesn’t believe the gospel but is open to investigating it, there are few better places than a community where they can see it in action, get to know believers, and feel comfortable in a casual setting to ask questions. So yes, Growth Groups are generally a great place to invite friends, neighbors, teammates, classmates, co-workers, etc.

 

When do Growth Groups meet? 

Growth Groups meet whenever people are free to gather on a regular basis. Most groups meet during the evening. Other groups can meet in the morning and evening. Most groups will meet 2 to 3 hours to exercise the 9 essential elements faithfully (Acts 2:42-47). 

 

Where do Growth Groups meet? 

Most Growth Groups meet in homes but an office, café, clubhouse, school, or restaurant can all work! 

 

How are Growth Groups formed? 

Strategically, Growth Groups count the cost by considering where people live (geography), work/ school (vocation), play (affinity), and demographically. These groups are formed when a large Growth Group is ready to branch, by an equipped leader, or possibly through membership class.

 

How big are Growth Groups?

Most Growth Groups start with at least 6 people and can range from 6 to 15 people. 

 

How are kids involved? 

There are many options for kids. Kids can be involved in the entire meeting, childcare can be hired, or they can have a break-out session led by 2 adults or teens. (Matthew 19:14)

 

What is the commitment and communication like for Growth Groups? 

Because Growth Groups are essential to Rooted Church, our aim is to gather on Sundays as a larger meeting and then scatter on mission in weekly small Growth Groups. Thus, Growth Groups average about 3 times a month. Leaders send weekly emails for coordination. If you can’t make it, have concerns, or plan to change groups for any reason, please communicate with your Growth Group leader!  (Hebrews 13:17)

 

What do Growth Groups study? 

Growth Groups generally alternate studying a book of the Bible and solid books that are Gospel-Centered and saturated with Scripture. On occasion, sermon-based Growth Groups may be deployed for better application from the Sunday message. (2 Timothy 2:15)

 

Do Growth Groups have serving and outreach opportunities? 

Growth Groups have many opportunities to serve each other through caring, praying, helping, playing, assisting, cleaning, bearing burdens, babysitting, encouraging, and so much more in an organic manner as the Spirit moves. Growth Groups are regularly involved with outreach through follow-up, visiting, hospitality, and service. Growth Groups function as a mission team that seeks to intentionally bless and serve the community by partnering with others doing good works and simply by helping out neighbors in need. (Galatians 6:9)

 

If you are interested in checking out a Growth Group, please visit the Welcome Center on Sundays or contact growthgroups@rootedrtp.org