Why a Growth Group is Needed for Spiritual Growth
"And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another." Hebrews 10:24-25
Although we live in a culture that encourages us to look out only for ourselves, it is clear that we were not created to be self-centered and isolated. Community—a necessity of life—can only be found in investing our lives with other people. In the family of NorthPointe Community Church, we are committed to a spiritual growth process that develops community within the context of a small group. Our small group ministry here at NorthPointe is called “Growth Groups.”
Growth Groups are based on the concept of biblical community found in the Word of God. Jesus spoke to the masses, but had close relationships with His 12 disciples (Mark 3:13-15 describes the beginnings of this). The demands in our schedules for balance are often challenged by work, family, relaxation, and yes, even church involvement. However, growth groups need to be a priority for individuals and families who attend NorthPointe. You cannot grow without being spiritually connected to the other parts of the body…
All of our growth groups are built around 5 key areas the Bible points us towards:
- Building deep, intimate and lasting relationships – Just as Jesus developed these types of relationships with his disciples, the whole Bible shows us from the creation of the world in Genesis 1 through Christ’s glorious second coming in Revelation, relationships are a key part of knowing God and becoming like Him. (Genesis 1-2, John 1:1-3, Rev. 21:1-4, whole Bible)
- Learning more about God and what He has to say to us through shared discipleship – Both the Great Commission in Matthew and what we see in the creation of home churches/small groups in Act 2 we see that we are called to learn more about God (discipleship) and to do this effectively, we should learn in community. (Matt. 28:19-20, Acts 2:42, 46)
- Be in a safe environment that promotes personal growth – Growth groups provide a place where we can learn about the spiritual gifts God has given us and how to use them in a safe and protected environment. (1 Cor. 12, Eph. 4)
- Caring for each other and accountability in a protected environment – Just as groups provide a safe place to learn how to grow and apply your spiritual gifts, it is also a place where the close relationships allow us to share our needs (both physical and spiritual) and be both cared for as well as held accountable for what we do. (1 Cor. 12:25, Gal. 6:2, Eph. 4:32, Jam. 5:16, Heb. 10:24-25)
- To provide an environment that promotes church growth – NorthPointe’s vision and mission is to point people towards Christ and teach them how to be more like Christ – this means church growth. In order for the church to grow, we must reach out to our community. Growth groups provide a great opportunity to do this that is not available to the church as a whole. (Acts 2:47, Matt. 28:19, John 13:34-35)
While most of our growth groups meet in homes for fellowship, for Bible study, and for building relationships, some groups meet at the church office…some groups serve and minister together in a particular area of service ministry…some are composed of men…some are composed of women…some are for singles or divorced persons…some are for married couples…some are for teenagers…some meet for Bible Study Connections…
All of these groups have leaders who facilitate discussions (let’s not forget the hosts who provide a relaxed, intimate setting in many homes throughout the NorthPointe family). Groups are usually composed of about 10-12 people who meet to pray, to learn more about a relationship with Jesus Christ, and to help each other during life’s most taxing struggles.
As our church grows it becomes increasingly difficult for the pastors and church staff members to meet the individual need for care, support and discipleship of each church member. Through Growth Groups, we can find a small group of people to help meet these needs and also receive the opportunity to minister to others in this vital way. Will you take the next step in getting connected to a NorthPointe Growth Group?
Growth Groups meet throughout the week. Call the church office (610) 495-1500 for directions to a group near you.
For more information about the growth group ministries at NorthPointe Community Church or for a current schedule, please contact Todd Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org.