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Life Groups

Mature in Community / Deepen with Jesus / Develop Others on Purpose

Nobody stumbles into spiritual maturity. It’s the fruit of God’s work, our choices, trusted community. Life Groups are communities committed to intentionally pursuing spiritual maturity and a deepening relationship with Jesus to better know and make Him known. Life Groups are not for the spiritually elite; it doesn’t matter how much or how little of the Bible you know. Life Groups are a two-year journey for anyone who chooses to do the work that growing and maturing requires in order to learn the way of trusting and obeying Jesus for a lifetime.

Community Groups

Belong to Community / Encounter Jesus / Live on Purpose

 

We were made for relationship, both with God and others. Authentic community is essential to developing personally and spiritually. Community Groups are open groups designed to be a place to come and see community for yourself and invite others along as well. Community Groups create space to cultivate relationships through meaningful conversation, sharing life together, and exploring what it means to know and follow Jesus

 

COMPARE TO A LIFE GROUP

Alpha

Alpha explores the basics of the Christian faith, looking at different questions of belief, and is designed to create conversation. Everyone is welcome, but Alpha is designed primarily for those who would not call themselves Christians. It’s an open, informal, and honest space to explore and discuss life’s big questions together.

Restore (Support Classes, Marriage)

Life is full of challenges and life changes. Gateway offers a variety of classes and marriage groups to both address some of those challenges or changes and support those going through them. We strive to provide safe, supportive environments to give each participant or couple the chance to experience freedom, healing, and a plan for the future.

Restore (Recovery)

Hurts, habits, and hang-ups keep us bound up, feeling alone, and isolated. Gateway offers faith-based 12-step programs at our North, Central, and South campuses to provide supportive, safe environments for all who walk in our doors looking for hope, healing, and freedom.

Gateway U

Experience a classroom setting that provides deeper understanding, essential for every person on the journey to better live out their faith in Jesus.

SPIRITUAL RUNNING PARTNERS

In the same way athletes train to reach physical goals, we need spiritual training partners to provide encouragement, pacing and motivation for spiritual goals. Running Partners encourage one another to become all God intends each person to be.

WHAT DOES A STRONG RUNNING PARTNER GROUP LOOK LIKE? Running Partners are most often a group of two, three or four people. Interestingly, we’ve found that the most successful partners have been groups of three. This size is still small enough to make scheduling easy, but it is large enough to give good feedback and support. Running Partners are typically of the same gender, though sometimes one or two couples may form a group.

HOW DO I CHOOSE MY RUNNING PARTNER(S)? This will sound dumb, but the best way to find a good Running Partner is simply to ask someone to be your Running Partner. Ask a friend, people in your Small Group, or people that you serve with at church. In other words, your best option is just try it out for a while with someone that shares some of your spiritual goals.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN RUNNING PARTNERS MEET? The primary goal is that you will encourage one another to grow in your relationship with God. You can meet any time and place that is convenient for you and your Running Partners. It should just be a time and place that is suitable for personal, and often times private, conversation. You should bring your Running Partner Guide and Questions for use at each of the meetings.

WHAT IF MY RUNNING PARTNERS DON’T SEEM TO BE WORKING WELL TOGETHER? Be open to talking it over with your Running Partners by asking the question, “How does this seem to be working so far?” This is a great open question to ask each other after the first meeting or two. Sometimes it just takes patience to work through some differences in personality. It will also help to regularly review the ‘Running Guidelines’ on your Running Partner Card. As the the group is newly forming remember that you are just “trying it out” together. You don’t have to make a longer commitment than a couple of weeks if you don’t want to.

Spiritual Growth Path

Once you've figured out who is going to help you transform, then you just need a path to get there, with resources along the way. We have just the thing. The Spiritual Growth Path will help you and your Life Group and/or Running Partners stay intentional about your spiritual growth in four key areas.

Love God

When God is at the center of our lives, we Build Character.

Build Character

Character is most clearly seen in our interactions with others—the way we Love People.

Love People

Our love for people motivates us to participate in the work God is doing in this world through the Body of Christ.

Be the Body

As a part of the Body of Christ, we serve and love others.