Growth Groups are small groups who meet regularly to share, study, serve, and support one another. Spiritual growth happens best and most often in the context of community.
Bethel enjoys a great variety of growth groups with many forming as gender specific or stage in life related groups. Think: women, men, young professional, newly married, etc. 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?
First, check out our latest list of current groups looking for new members. Then, connect with Sueann by letting her know you want to join a group. When you email Sueann you can let her know which group you want to join and she’ll help walk you through that process. If you don’t find a group that seems to “fit,” let us know and we’ll help you find a place to connect. You can also write “Growth Group” on your response card and drop it into an offering box and one of our staff will contact you.
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?
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. Growth Groups provide an excellent environment for making disciples of Jesus.
Contact Pastor Jonas Bundy for more information about leading a Growth Group.
What are some of the benefits of being in a Growth Group?
Our experience has shown 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 including our Adult Bible Fellowships. When believers operate in community with a commitment to one another and to the Gospel, lives are changed.
We encourage these values in every small 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.
How are the groups different?
We’ve found that healthy groups have each of the following four elements. Over time, a group will naturally seem to focus on one of these areas more than others so we encourage the groups to know their purpose and to lean into it.
- Formation/ Study (primary goal is teaching and study)
- Connection (primary goal is connecting believers in biblical community)
- Mission (primary goal is the group serving on mission together)
- Invitational (primary goal is inviting non–believers to the group)