CCF Life Groups
In the early church, believers would meet together, pray for one another, eat food together, follow in the Apostles’ teaching, and then all together meet once a week in the same place. As a result, they experienced exuberant joy, seeing all their needs be met with abundance, healings commonplace and divine favor so great that their family members, neighbors and even strangers were coming to Christ daily (Acts 2:42-47).
Life Groups create intentional and convenient places where people can Connect with God. Places where people can Connect with Others, not just in a surface way, but where there is love, honor & acceptance. They are places where true trust, transparency and care are fostered. When these two things happen, Life Groups become incubators where people Connect to Growth and their faith will Connect to Action.
Definition of a Life Group
A CCF Life Groups is a place where three or more people gather on a regularly basis to grow
in their love for God and others. They share common interests or passions that make growing
and serving both challenging and fun. It really is that simple. So take this opportunity to form
a group through relationships you have already built, or join a group,
and follow one of the following four themes.
Types of Life Groups Available
These Life Groups use the weekly worship service message as their primary study focus. Group members look at the topic or passage of Scripture that was covered in the worship service, and through discussion expand or delve deeper into its application in their own lives. Prepared notes are provided each week and are available during the Sunday worship services. Life Group leaders are given liberty to adapt the message-based notes to fit their particular Life Group.
Study-Based groups form around specific interests or topics. This may be a book of the Bible, Christian book, video teaching series or just a topic. While we ask that leaders share the topics their groups are using with the Community Pastor or their Life Group Coach, there is much freedom to use either a prepared outline/syllabus or a more free flow Spirit led teaching style and application.
Ministry-based Life Groups form around serving a specific ministry either to the body of CCF or to the community at large. Some examples of these types of groups are: Manna Food Bank (feedings in the parks & other homeless ministries), Men’s and Women’s Prophetic Workshops, our wholeness and recovery groups. Our desire is that these groups don’t just do ministry, but they become a community of ministry where they worship, pray and share life together.
These types of Life Groups are based in a common interest or activity. Some examples are our sports teams, motorcycle owners, quilting, scrapbooking, walking, hiking, bicycling, cooking or any other common interest or activities. This list is unlimited in possibilities. If you have a passion for the activity, find some others that share your passion and then invite them to join you.
All groups have a focus around the four Connects and should comprise these elements in each gathering:
1) Connect with God… Worship – be creative, worship is much more than just music.
2) Connect with Others… Pray for each others’ needs when you are together.
3) Connect with Growth… Develop learning opportunities from discussion (two way interaction). The key is creating opportunities to dialog comes from two words: di=dividing and logos=Word and studying together.
4) Connect with Action… Find a place where as a group you can serve others with your time, talent and resourses as a group. Whether it is small or large, finding a place that you can all give yourselves to someone else is the fabric of heaven.
Connect to a Life Group, or register your Life Group for the Spring Session at www.ccflive.org/spring-groups and get connected today!