Who may participate in the Trinity Lutheran Growth Groups?
Whoever wants to. Growth Groups are intended for all adult members of Trinity Lutheran Church to get connected to fellow Christians. Our congregation especially encourages new members of Trinity to participate in Growth Groups to help better connect here. While we want everyone to benefit from this, people will participate only on a volunteer basis.
What happens at a Growth Group meeting?
The members of the group spend time socializing and getting to know each other over snacks and refreshments in local member homes. The comfortable setting fosters building friendships. They also discuss the previous week’s sermon in a one hour Bible study using interactive discussion questions written by one of Trinity’s pastors. Each week the group downloads the student worksheet from the Growth Groups page and spends 15-20 minutes before class working on the 6 discussion questions.
How big will the groups be?
Growth Groups will generally be from 7–12 people, depending on how many couples or singles are in the group.
What about children?
The members of each group may decide for themselves if they want to bring their children along to the meetings or to make their own arrangements for child care. Teens will have the option of participating. Participants can chip in for the child care. Please ask your coordinator.
How long and how often will the groups meet?
We suggest that the Growth Groups will meet every week for a 4–5 week session. There will be three sessions: September through Thanksgiving, January through March, and Easter through Memorial Day weekend. The meetings will last about an hour, although it’s totally up to the group members to decide.
Who will lead (coordinate) the groups?
Each group will need at least two people to serve as coordinators, who have demonstrated spiritual maturity and have expressed willingness to be a coordinator. Training for coordinators will be given by Pastor Oelhafen. Since the class material will be written by the Trinity pastors, the coordinators’ role will simply be to keep the discussion going in a welcoming way.
Who will host the groups?
Each group will need 1–2 hosts to take turns hosting the meetings at member homes. They will serve to help organize snacks (via sign-up sheets), help welcome participants to their homes, and help support the coordinator.
Where will the groups meet?
Each group will meet where and when they choose. Groups will be encouraged to primarily meet in members’ homes, at a local restaurant, or other comfortable surroundings including church facilities (Trinity Room, Fellowship Hall, etc.).
Can I switch groups?
Absolutely! At the end of each session, members are free to join a different group; or even better—start one themselves!