At West Park, we believe connecting to other believers in community is essential to the Christian life. We are not meant to do life alone. Growth Groups provide the space for believers to journey together.
Growth Groups are all about… well…growth! First, Growth Groups provide a place for you to grow in your faith as you study God’s Word and share life in Christian community. Second, Growth Groups grow as they multiply, sending out people to start new groups and welcoming others to join in. Finally, Growth Groups grow as they reach out and impact neighborhoods with the love of Christ.
- Who: High School Growth Groups typically consist of 10-15 high school students (grades 9-12) and are gender-specific. They are led by 2-3 adult leaders.
- When: High School Growth Groups meet on Sunday evenings. Group time typically lasts 1.5 hours.
- Where: Growth Groups meet in homes near West Park and onsite at the Hub.
- Cost: FREE.
What makes a Growth Group different than a small group or a community group? Consider these three distinctives. Growth Groups are…
- Intentional. Group leaders and members pursue Jesus Christ and one another with purpose and intentionality. This means the leader knows the biblical plan for helping each member grow, and each member partners with the leader in that process.
- Relational. Jesus calls us into a relationship with Him and puts us in environments where we can grow. Within His relationships, Jesus modeled the qualities of trust, vulnerability, openness and love. We want to follow His lead and create relational environments that cultivate true Christian love. Growth group leaders and members seek to foster relational environments where those qualities can thrive and encourage true growth.
- Missional. Jesus clearly commanded His disciples to make other disciples (Matthew 28:18-20). This is a lifelong process for every believer but also a measurable one. Growth Group members take what they learn from God’s Word during group time and learn how to disciple others at church, at home and in the world. Growth Groups should regularly send out members to start new Growth Groups to reproduce the discipleship process. But while every member will not become a group leader, every member should become a discipler.
Each Growth Group meeting includes the following essentials:
- The Word. We grow in Christ as we learn to read, understand, and respond to God’s Word.
- Prayer. We grow in Christ as we learn to express dependence upon our Heavenly Father and praise Him for His faithfulness.
- The Gospel. We grow in Christ as we demonstrate the Gospel through our actions and declare the Gospel through our words.