We consider Grow Groups to be the hub of our ministry. They are the place where the real ministry of the church takes place as we encourage, support, and challenge one another. God doesn’t want any of us to be left to walk alone – we need each other. We want to be a church, not a crowd!
A Grow Groups made up of 8‑16 people who meet weekly to study, to share, and to support one another in their Christian lives. Each group is led by a trained leader and host couple. A typical meeting lasts for an hour and a half, with light refreshments. Some groups choose to also spend some time in singing and worship.
Each Grow Group session lasts approx. 8 to 12 weeks. Basically, we’ve broken the year into 4 quarters or sessions. At the end of each session, you have the choice of staying in the same group, trying a new group, or even taking a break. Most groups stay together throughout the entire year. However, groups do not meet mid‑June through August, though some continue to meet informally or socially through the summer.
We suggest you join a group based on your “relationships” rather than on geography or the most convenient night of the week. We’ve found that a group works best when you share common interests, backgrounds. Frankly, sometimes it might take two or three groups before you find the perfect fit. But don’t worry, you’ll find it!
Joining a Grow Groups requires a 10 to 11‑week commitment to attend the weekly meetings and to do the homework ahead of time. Obviously, allowances are made for sickness, vacation, work conflicts, and other special events…but not much more! We have found that this commitment is the key to strong relationships and healthy groups.
Grow Groups are for older youth & adults. We leave it up to each family to work out their own childcare. Sometimes it works best for families to share a sitter or to swap childcare with another family whose group meets on a different evening or time.
Every child is precious and your child(ren) are not a distraction to you, but having young children present can potentially distract someone just at the moment when the Spirit is speaking to their heart or keep them from opening up about struggles with the group.
The studies are based on the previous weekend’s sermon. Most of our Grow Groups are built upon what we call a “Lecture‑Lab” model. If you imagine the weekend sermon as a lecture on Christian living, then the group meeting is a lab where you get to roll up your sleeves and discuss how the sermon works out in real life.
Each week there will be a series of Bible passages and questions to study and complete before your meeting. The homework is included on the back of the sermon note sheet found in your bulletin. It will usually take 20 to 30 minutes to complete the homework.
Church wide sign‑ups begin at the start of each new session (in September, January, and March). You can also sign up before or after any weekend worship service or by calling the church office. Our pastors and staff will be happy to help you find just the right group for you. Those who are new to the church (start attending in the middle of a session) can sign up and join any group that has openings without waiting for the start of a new session.
Our Grow Groups meet on various days and nights of the week in homes throughout the community. And a few of them actually meet at the church even though they are called “Grow Groups!”
Interest Groups are centered around activities ranging from hiking, nutrition, fitness, hobbies, or specialized studies. The groups centered around an activity are great places to get to know other members of Litz in a comfortable environment and connect all throughout the week.
Some Interest groups use a curriculum for their group (their focus can include everything from marriage enrichment materials to Bible study methods, parenting issues or financial freedom to Christianity 101).
These groups will typically meet during our summer session.
Recovery groups provide a safe place for emotional and spiritual healing. These groups deal with tough issues, old hurts, broken relationships and destructive patterns within an atmosphere of honesty, acceptance, openness and encouragement. We also may eventually have a few Recovery Groups that because of the content and issues being dealt with are led by professional counselors and are more therapeutic in nature. They often include topics like Overcoming Sexual Temptation, Marriage Renovation, Setting Boundaries, Healing Wounds of Sexual Abuse, and Changes That Heal.