What is a Life Group?
A Life Group is a small group (3-5 people) that gathers regularly (weekly, monthly) to help support, encourage, and guide each other in their growth as disciples of Jesus Christ. Life Groups are not a formal ministry of the parish, but rather an opportunity for you to be a part of a small community of people dedicated to growing in their relationship with Christ, in and through their relationships with one another.
The name comes from the words of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI who said “To evangelize means: to show this path—to teach the art of living.” By being in a Life Group you will both learn and bear witness to the "art of living" through assisting one another in discipleship.
What is discipleship?
Simply put, discipleship is a life-long journey of learning how to live like Jesus Christ. But, because this is not always easy, it is important to surround ourselves with a community of friends who will support and encourage us in this process. This sort of community is exactly what Life Groups provide. Are you in a Life Group yet?
1 Thessalonians 2:8
“With such affection for you, we were determined to share not only the Gospel of God, but our very selves as well.”
Why is discipleship important?
Because Christ calls all of us to follow his example of self-giving love, and to make disciples of all nations.
"I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do."
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. And lo, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”
Jesus shows us the way to experience a life of peace and happiness. He invites us to journey with him into this blessed life, and he asks us to help each other on this journey through friendship. St Timothy's is a place where everyone can develop the friendships that will help them grow in their faith.
How do I start a Life Group?
It starts with the desire to grow in your faith and to help others do the same! Start with the people you know - invite a small group of friends to meet regularly with the purpose of encouraging each other to grow spiritually - through praying together, breaking open the Word, sharing what God is doing in your life, etc. We would be happy to help you find a Bible study, DVD series, or small group resource for your Life Group.
Need more help?
For any questions or resources regarding Life Groups: contact: Manda Poffel
Manda PoffelCoordinator of Evangelization & Discipleship(480) 775-5221