We believe everyone should experience life through community and we do this best through our life groups. We believe as we do life together, we should be intentional to live life with an intentional purpose as we encourage, celebrate, and equip one another as disciples of Christ to His glory. We believe God has created everyone for community and should not walk in this world alone. God longs for us to know Him and experience Him so that we may have a deeper understanding of how to experience Him and what this community looks like. Our life groups have four purposes:
Fellowship was important for the early church and should continue for us today. It is the breaking of bread, time together to hear one another’s story. The key to fellowship is to value people and know their stories. Everyone has a story, and it is important to understand where people have come from (their history), what they believe, and where they are headed. Our fellowship time should value the needs and concerns of those the Father has brought our way.
Prayer is at the top of our list—our focus is Christ. We are called to pray without ceasing. We cannot afford to make decisions outside of considering Christ. He is our life, our teacher, and the one who leads us into all truth. As we pray for one another, we ask the Spirit to guide us and reveal to us how we may encourage one another while we are with one another and throughout the week. We believe we should pray for one another without ceasing (everyday) and pray creatively while we are together.
The purpose of the church is to celebrate, encourage, and equip. We equip so each of us may walk with confidence where the Lord has placed us. We are to be light and salt in our city. Our intention is to equip one another for the mission the Father has prepared for us. Our motive is to be in the city, making disciples as we offer hope to a world that has no hope.
We believe our lives are defined by worshipping God in everything. We believe we should always reveal the nature and character of Christ wherever we are. Our goal is to make disciples. Christ is the one who must increase, and we must decrease. So we are interested in making disciples in our homes, at work, the marketplace, within our city and in our neighborhoods. As we are making disciples, we want to be a blessing to those around us in our community with our hearts open to the Spirit and our eyes sensitive to bless those the Father places in our paths. This is missional living.
Life groups are not to be events or meetings during a week. They are what we do to continue to experience life together. Whatever circumstances come, we get to walk together, encouraging one another and seeking the Father through prayer. God desires for us to walk together - not alone. It is the will of Christ that when one falls, the body is there to nurture that person back into a loving relationship and fellowship. Even before God created the heavens and the earth, God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit were in community, the fullness of community he desires for each of His children.
Current Life Groups
Owens Cross Roads
Contact Cortney at 256.605.0797
Contact Matt at 256.490-3421
Contact Frank at 256.975.1003
Contact Keith at 256.658.7171
Contact Thomas at 256.337.7725
Contact Melanie at 256.656.4509
Contact Debbi at 256.426.3477
Contact Tom at 256.498.2264
Q. What is a life group?
A. Life groups are groups of 10-12 people who walk in community with one another and experience life together on a weekly basis.
Q. What happens at life group?
A. A group meeting usually consists of fellowship (food), seeking the truth through Scripture, books and other study material and prayer/encouragement for one another as we journey through this life.
Q. When and where do life groups meet?
A. Life groups meet throughout Huntsville in homes at various times and day of the week. Each group is unique and members decide which day and time is best for them.
Q. What options are there for childcare?
A. Some groups have childcare at the home of the life group meeting. Another option is to have childcare at another member's home with the adult members taking turns caring for the children. One option might be to pool the group’s resources together and hire someone to care for the children. This differs from group to group.
Q. How long will I be in the same life group?
A. There is not a time limit for how long a person stays in a life group. However, each group should be intentional about bringing new people into the group to experience life as they have experienced life.
Q. What happens when a life group becomes too large?
A. When intimacy is lost in a group because of its size then multiplication takes place. Multiplication is when two or more people leave the group to start a new life group.
Q. How do I get plugged into a life group?
A. There are several ways to get involved in a life group. You can contact Keith at the church office and let him know you want to be plugged into a life group, or you can contact a life group leader from the list below.