What is a Growth Group?
A Growth Group consists of 10-14 people meeting in homes for sharing, study, and to support one another. Growth Groups provide a place for you to grow in your relationships with Christ and with others. A typical group meets weekly for an hour and a half and includes light refreshments.
How Important Are Growth Groups?
Here at GCBC, Growth Groups are central to our efforts of helping you grow in relationship with Christ and with others. We believe that meeting together on a regular basis to share life and study God’s Word is crucial to fulfilling our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ both in Gibson City and around the world. Our goal is it see at least 75% of our adults actively involved in a Growth Group.
When and Where Do They Meet?
Groups at different times and on different days throughout the week. Some groups meet weekly while others meet biweekly. Click here for the complete list of groups and locations.
How Long Do They Last?
Growth Groups are on a semester based schedule. The fall semester runs from September – mid-December while the winter/spring semester runs from mid-January – May. Growth Groups typically break for the summer months.
What is the Required Commitment?
When you join a Growth Group, we ask that you commit to attend weekly meetings and be an active group member for a semester. Obviously, sometimes conflicts come up, but we ask that your group be a priority as commitment is key to a strong Growth Group.
What Will We Study?
Growth Group studies are based on the message from the most recent Sunday service. Discussion questions are developed and distributed prior to each Sunday message, and these are used to guide the study and discussion of Growth Groups. Every group uses the same weekly discussion guide and studies the same topics and passages. This “sermon-based” model is seen as a way for you to get together with a group of people to discuss how the weekend’s message works in real life.
What Does it Cost?
The cost of Growth Groups is one of commitment, not money. We ask that when you commit to join a group, you will regularly attend and contribute to your group throughout that semester. You have the first three weeks of the group to decide if the group is a good fit for you. At the end of each semester, you have the choice or recommitting to your group for another quarter, trying a new group, or taking a break from Growth Groups altogether.
What About Child Care?
Growth Groups are for adults only. (Exceptions may be made for newborns/young babies.) We leave it up to parents and groups to work out their own child care. Some groups will chip in each week and hire someone to take care of all the children in a central location while others will simply request that you find your own child care prior to attending the group.
How Do I Choose A Group?
We recommend you choose a Growth Group based on its leader-host team and stage in life. While not all groups consist of people of the same life stage, many do. Groups tend to do better when members and leaders share a common life stage.
How Do I Sign Up for a Growth Group?
Before each Growth Group semester begins there are three ways to sign up — online, at our Sunday services, or by calling the church office.
If you’d like more information about joining a group, give us a call at (217) 784-5702.
Are There Groups for Teenagers?
Yes! We have Growth Groups that meet on Wednesday evenings made up of high school students and led by a great team of adult volunteers. For more information, please call us at (217) 784-5702.