Life Group Notes
Most of our Life Groups follow along with the weekend messages in their discussion. This is a space for you to process the content from the message with a smaller group of people. Each week one of our pastors will write up thoughts on the message and provide some questions to get conversation started in your Life Group. You can access those questions in our study guide or subscribe to our weekly emails.
So what is a life group?
A Life Group is a small get together of 4ish to 20ish people on a weekly or biweekly basis who want to grow in their faith, live together on mission, and share the Gospel with others. We believe that Life Groups are an essential part of growing in your faith, while also providing a place for those in your life to come that you are sharing the Gospel with.Some commonly asked questions
What do we talk about in Life Group?
Life Groups typically discuss the message notes that are provided by Riverview, however, they have the freedom to study other content, such as Bible studies or book studies.
Why should I join a Life Group?
We believe that living interconnected lives in a way that fosters spiritual progress is vitally important for everyone who desires to follow Christ. And since the kind of life-connections we need normally don’t happen casually, we need to be intentional about creating an environment where we can do life together in a meaningful way.
I am not sure if I am a Christian or not. Can I still be in a Life Group?
Absolutely. Our Life Groups are open to everyone regardless of where they are in their journey with Jesus. Feel free to come as you are and ask any questions you may have.
I feel like I don’t know enough about the Bible to be in a Life Group. Is that normal?
That is perfectly normal. Life Groups are not made up of people who “know enough”, but of people who have committed themselves to Jesus and growing in their faith. Your Life Group will be committed to opening the Bible with you, helping you grow, and praying for you.
How do I pick a Life Group?
We make that really easy for you. We find the Life Group that meets closest to where you live and plug you in to that one. This helps you build relationships with those who live around you, while also making Life Group an easy place for you to attend.
Can I find a specific group for singles or couples?
We actually build our Life Groups so that all different kinds of people (single, married, retired, with and without kids) do community together. We’ve found by research and experience that this is the best (even if not the fastest) path to authentic community. Ideally, although not guaranteed, your Life Group would have a few other people in your same life situation, and also some other folks in different places in life.
What if my spouse won’t go? Can I still be a part of a Life group?
It is unfortunate, however not having your spouse attend Life Group would not keep you from being in a Life Group. Just go without him or her and pray for them while you’re there! There are many stories of Life Groups who have prayed for unbelieving spouses and then seen the fruit of prayers that God has answered.
What if I feel like don’t I fit in my Life Group?
It is common to feel like you may not fit in your Life Group due to the fact that we most likely placed you in one not of similar life stages, but of close geography. We feel that there is great value in people in multiple stages of life interacting with one another in Life Groups. We suggest staying in your Life Group for 3-4 meetings before making a decision to try another group.
I am looking for a Bible study. Is that the same as a Life Group?
At Riverview, we encourage everyone to be involved in a Life Group. Bible study is an integral part of Life Group meetings, however, we understand that many people may want a group that only focuses on studying the Bible. While we don’t directly place people in Bible studies, we encourage Bible studies to form out of pre-existing Life Groups.
What if I have to miss a meeting or two due to prior commitments?
We understand that life happens. Try your best to attend as many of your Life Group meetings as you can. If you know for sure you are not able to be at a meeting, letting your Life Group leader know in advance would be helpful.
Are children welcome in Life Groups?
Absolutely. Different Life Groups have different amounts of kids at various ages. Life Groups have the freedom to figure out what works best for their groups. Some Life Groups have childcare that is provided by a babysitter at the Life Group, while others may choose something different. Either way, children are a blessing and would not hinder you from being a part of a Life Group at Riverview.
If you have any other questions that we haven’t answered here, please email us at lifegroups[email protected].
What does it look like to lead a Life Group?
Leading a Life Group isn’t as daunting of a task as many people think. First, you would attend a Life Group leader primer, which would give you the basic information as to what a Life Group leader does. Secondly, you would join a Life Group as an apprentice leader to become familiar with how Life Groups are carried out. After that, you will be able to start a Life Group of people who live around you. Get in touch with Pastor James Granger at [email protected] for more info, or click the button below.
This is a time for you to come hear what our Life Group structure looks like as well as learn a bit more of our vision behind Life Groups. We hold Life Group Leader Primers a few times throughout the year at our venues where you can attend in person, or you can view the class online. Click the button below to view the course.