THANK YOU for being interested in learning about the Life Group Ministry. Life Groups connect us to one another and are not a new thing. In fact, they date back to the very beginnings of church thousands of years ago. In Life Groups, just the like the early church, we get to form friendships, to know and be known, offer support and encouragement, and to grow closer to God. We believe that a Life Group is one of the best ways to build relationships and one of the best ways to grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ. In a small group environment, you get to ask big questions and wrestle with tough topics. Most importantly, we get to be together with our brothers and sisters in Christ. We aren’t meant to live life alone. We are meant to journey through it together.
Imagine being part of a Life Group who has a leader who is intentional about all of that. Someone who was able to foster a relational environment, and able to train you to be a disciple maker. Your knowledge and practical application of God’s word will grow exponentially as you join with others in the study of HIS word.
Please take the time to take the next step in your journey with Christ and Connect deeper to God and others in group life.
What are Life Groups like?
Small by design. Life Groups consist of 6-14 people that meet regularly in each other’s homes, building friendships and to helping one another grow in their Christian faith.
All are welcome. Adults of any age, marital status, ethnicity and socio-economic background are invited to join a group. We believe a diverse blend of experiences and perspectives is extremely helpful as we learn from and care for each other. No group is meant to be exclusive, but some groups become full. However, new groups are started on a regular basis.
Safe. Life Groups are designed to be safe places for people at any stage of their Christian walk. None of us have “arrived.” Our goal is the journey, not the destination. Group members work hard to establish trust as they share life with each other. They do this by holding things confidential, which leads to authentic relationships.
Centered on the God’s Word. Whether our groups are discussing last Sunday’s message, studying Scripture or working through a specific topic, the Bible is always their foundation. Because God’s word changes people.
Mission-driven. We want to make much of Jesus together, help each other grow in our faith, and look for ways to share Jesus with people who don’t yet know him.
Cedar Crests Life Groups reflect Cedar Crests mission. We have Life Groups spread out all through the Lehigh Valley as want our Life groups to be learning and living the Gospel together. We need to be together in order help each other grow in our faith and look for ways to share Jesus with people who don’t yet know him.
Click the link provided below to sign up for a Life Group or contact Pastor Adam Crain at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (610) 432-2200.
Common Questions about Life Groups
WHEN and Where do small groups meet?
Cedar Crest’s Life Groups meet in a variety of locations in the Lehigh Valley, both in homes and on the church campus. We have group meetings almost every day of the week, except on Wednesday evenings. Most of our groups meet in the evenings for a couple of hours twice a month.
Is CHILDCARE available?
Each group handles childcare in different ways, as needed. We want our families to be connected in groups. If you need a group with childcare in order to participate contact Pastor Adam or talk to a group leader and see what is available.
Do I have to be a member or a believer in Jesus Christ to join a Life Group?
While we would love for you to be a believer in Jesus Christ and a covenant member with us here at Cedar Crest, belief and membership is not a necessary step in being part of a Life Group. However, all co-leaders are believers in Jesus Christ and also members of Cedar Crest.
How do I SIGN UP for a Life Group?
There are three ways to join a Life Group throughout the year. The first step is to can clink the link HERE to signup online. Your first option is to join an existing Life Group. The second option is to join a new Life Group in the Fall or at the beginning of the New Year. We usually offer sign-up opportunities at the weekend worship services, as well. The third option is to co-lead a new Life Group.
How big are the groups?
Groups range from 8 – 17 members. We believe it’s not the size of the group that matters, but how well each member is cared for.
What are the Life Groups learning?
Each Life Group chooses a study based on the makeup of the group itself. Some study a book of the Bible, while others will read through a book on marriage, parenting, singleness, etc. At the beginning of each calendar year, all the Life Groups will do the same study in their own Life Group.
If I join a group, will I have to participate in the Bible discussion?
The short answer is yes, however, you will not be forced to participate if you feel uncomfortable. You will find in most groups, almost everyone participates as it builds a bond within a group.
If I join a group, will I have to pray?
The short answer is yes, however, you may be asked to participate by praying silently and listening to others as they pray.
Once I join a Life Group, how long must I commit?
It all depends, some groups will meet for a short-period, while others plan to never stop meeting. While we would love for each person who joins a Life Group to stay in the group long-term. However, we realize there are many factors for when deciding to commit to a Life Group. Before you would decide to no longer commit to a Life Group, we encourage you to talk with the Life Group Pastor and the leader of the Life Group.
Can I start a new Life Group?
It really is not as intimidating as you may think. Our training is an exploratory step to give you an understanding of small groups, the role of a leader, overview of the group forming process, and basic tools to get started in leading a small group. We’ll help give you what you need! Training is available in the Fall and Spring semester of Discipleship Institute.
PLEASE NOTE: Many of our groups take a break over the summer months, so we may not have many options available during the summertime. We typically have a full slate of groups, including new ones available in the fall.