Groups are circles of people here at TGP. They're usually small (<15 people) and meet regularly, about once a week. They come in different forms and types, but all of them provide opportunities for community and growth. We believe it’s important for everyone to be in a group.
What types of groups are there?
Our main type of group is LifeGroup. LifeGroups meet weekly for fellowship, community and growth. They will do different curriculums and studies throughout the year, but also meet outside of their normal time for fun activities and service projects. You'll find all kinds of people in LifeGroups, and everyone may not be totally like you, but everyone learns from everyone in LifeGroup. This is our most important type of group, because it allows you to get to know a lot of different people from the church and will challenge you to grow spiritually. They usually are together for a long period of time (3 months or more).
We also have other types of groups. There are Support Groups for those with specific needs. Study Groups are Bible studies and book studies for those interested in specific topics. Membership, Baptism and First 5 groups for those interested in taking the next steps here at TGP. Affinity Groups are centered around a common interest or activity.
What is the difference between groups?
LIFE Groups are small community groups committed to practicing the “one another’s” of Scripture - praying and caring for one another, sharing with one another, etc.
Support Groups include Divorce Care, Grief Share, Financial Peace University, and Care Givers.
Study Groups are primarily Bible study groups or book study groups that meet for the purpose of learning about specific topics such as parenting, marriage, cultural issues, spiritual growth, discipleship, stage of life issues, etc.)
Next Step Groups are for things like membership, baptism or the First 5 discipleship path.
Affinity Groups are groups that meet around a common interest and purpose such as a common interest in a particular sport, hobby, or craft.
How do I sign up for a group?
You can sign up for a group online or at the Connect Center. You'll want to know the answer to this question: "What type of group am I signing up for?"
If you want to sign up for a specific group (Support Group, Bible Study, etc), you can do that, and the group leader will get in touch with you.
If you want to sign up for a LifeGroup, you'll be placed into a group at the next reGroup event. Usually this is based on the neighborhood where you live and what days of the week you're available.
What is the reGroup event?
ReGroup is a special event where new LifeGroups are launched. It’s the best way to get started in a LifeGroup if you’ve never been in one before and an opportunity for those who were once in a Life Group to get into a group again; or for those who are in a group now but are ready to join a different group.
What do I do if I don't like my group?
First, pray about it and figure out why you don't like it.
Then, talk to your group leader about it. If you don't feel comfortable talking to your group leader, talk to the coach or one of our pastors. They might suggest some things you can do in your current group or they might encourage you switch groups.
It's not a bad thing to leave a group or change groups. Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, things don't work out. Don't feel shame or guilt because you're thinking about leaving a group.
But don't let a bad experience stop you from being in a group. We believe that groups are where we can experience community and growth.
Can I join a group after it’s started?
Yes. After you sign up, we’ll connect you with the group leader.
Can I be in 2 groups at the same time?
Yes. We encourage everyone to join a LIFE Group; but participating in Study Groups, Support Groups, and Affinity Groups is also important for living, loving and leading like the Lord Jesus Christ. Just as worshiping together on Sunday morning is essential to being a faithful follower of Jesus, being the body of Christ in a LIFE Group is an essential part of who we are at TGP.
What if I have kids?
Kids are a welcome part of TGP groups, but not all groups have children. Each group with children determines how they will care for their children during group time.
Some groups do something for the children themselves that is separate from that of the adults. A lot of groups all pitch in to hire a babysitter for the group time, and we have a list of approved babysitters from here at the church.
What if I have time restrictions? Can I pick what day of the week works best for me?
Groups meet just about every day of the week. Most meet in the evening, but there are a few groups that meet during the day, primarily mornings. New groups determine the day of the week, the time of day and the home(s) where they will meet.
Does a LifeGroup mean I’m in that group for life?
No! LifeGroups run longer than other groups here at church (usually 6 months or more). Some LifeGroups have been going for years. We recognize that making a once-a-week commitment is a big ask, so we encourage everyone to commit to the group for the first 8-12 weeks, and then evaluate how you’re doing.
Is there a type of group for my stage of life?
Yes and no. We have specific groups that are built around stage of life, but one of the best things about LifeGroups is that we can learn from people who aren't in the same stage of life as us. You can sign up for either, but we encourage everyone to try a LifeGroup.