Imagine something small, starting something big. It happened once, when a simple carpenter shared his life with 12 close friends. Their lives were changed, and then they went out and changed the world. Do you believe it can happen today? At Exchange Street we believe that can happen in 2022. Whatever you call them, we call them Life Groups. Small groups of people, people following Jesus —sharing life together. Eating together. Playing together. Learning together. Traveling together. Laughing together. Crying together. And even fighting together.
Consider some of the basic Benefits in being a part of a Life Group. They have been known to hold an entire congregation together when/if it faces a leadership failure; Transform neighborhoods, communities, and even entire cities by selflessly demonstrating the love of Jesus in practical ways; Laugh together ’til the wee hours of the morning; Hold a broken member with strong arms of support – physically, emotionally, spiritually, and even financially – during a time of crisis such as divorce, death, or illness. Spur individuals to greater personal spiritual growth and a knowledge of Scripture and a hunger for prayer; Foster spirited discussion on matters both eternal and earthly while introducing scores of friends, neighbors, and co-workers to a newfound relationship with Jesus Christ. Become (imagine this!) best friends.
Life Groups can do all these things and more. Life Groups are more than “just” a Bible study, although they provide the opportunity to study God’s word. They are more than a prayer group, although they can provide a “bridge line” to God’s throne room. More than just a fellowship time or social hour, small groups can serve as the foundation for deep, truly life-changing relationships. Healthy groups have the potential to serve as a microcosm of the church family, in its purest form: a safe place where people can encounter God and find the resources and relationships to nurture their spiritual growth. “Successful” small group ministries—the kind that change lives— are clear about their purposes and intentional about their programs yet remain focused on people. Having a small group program does not automatically equate to changed lives. Relationships cannot be institutionalized. Growth cannot be manufactured. All leadership within our Life Groups will NOT function alone. Constant training and equipping will be provided throughout the year for all those willing to serve in any capacity within our Life Groups.
We solicit your prayers for our Life Group Ministry and encourage you to seriously seek an opportunity to become a part of one of them.