Growth Groups are small groups who meet regularly to share, study, serve, and support one another on their spiritual journey. Spiritual growth happens best and most often in the context of community.
Many Growth Groups are formed as gender specific or stage in life related groups. Bethel enjoys a great variety of growth groups throughout our fellowship made up of men, women, young and old. Every year we hear stories of life transformation through groups meeting in Student Ministry, Men’s Fraternity, Women’s Studies, 20s and 30s just to name a few.
How do I join a Growth Group?
The best way to find a Growth Group is to write “Growth Group” on your response card and drop it into an offering box and one of our staff will contact you. We maintain a current list of groups looking for new members online. Please call Sueann Chase at 701.232.4476 or send her an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information about joining a group.
What do Growth Groups study?
We encourage Growth Groups to use the sermon study guide found each week in our Bethel Weekly for their time of study. Knowing the needs of their group, some Growth Groups spend a season studying a specific topic or life skill (such as FPU or parenting).
To see the current Growth Group homework, visit our sermons page.
How do I start or lead a Growth Group?
Leading a growth group can be a great opportunity for those growing in Christ and wanting to intentionally make disciples of Jesus. If you are looking for a place to invest in others we would love the opportunity to visit with you. Our process will include training, equipping, and tools to make sure that leading a group is a fruitful ministry for you and those you serve.
Contact Pastor Jonas at 701.232.4476 or email@example.com for more information about leading a Growth Group.
What are some of the benefits of being in a Growth Group?
Our experience has shown us that those who are involved in some sort of smaller group at Bethel are more likely to have a growing relationship with Jesus and a sense of belonging in the church. When believers operate in community with a commitment to one another and to the Gospel, lives are changed. We encourage people to have three ideals present in every group at Bethel:
- Continue to be enriched in the Word through prayer and Bible study.
- Comfort one another as restorative companions, true friends.
- Conduct life in a way that keeps outsiders in mind – always externally focused so they can see Christ.
Ed Stetzer and his team have recently published some statistics and research to help us quantify this idea that life change is happening best and most in a group. These stats are from Transformational Groups.
People actively involved in groups exhibit more spiritual growth than those who are not. – Ed Stetzer
- 67% of regular group attenders read their Bible regularly versus only 27% among non-group members.
- 64% of regular group attenders pray for their church and/or church leaders regularly. Only 30% of non-group attenders do.
- 82% of group attenders pray for fellow Christians versus 54% of non-group attenders.
- 79% of group attenders confess sins to God and ask forgiveness. 54% of non-group attenders do this.