Why Life Groups?
Life Groups are becoming the best way for anyone in CLA to connect, grow and go deeper into a life that brings impact to our world.
Life and faith are not meant to be walked alone. Jesus modelled this and the Early Church that burst into life in the New Testament lived in this reality as well. And as early as the first chapters of Genesis we see that people were created for togetherness. All throughout scripture we see the family of God getting together, not just for weekend worship, but throughout the week in each other’s homes for meals, prayer, scripture, ministry, encouragement, help, care, evangelism, the list could go on and on! It is God and His Word that inspires us to prioritize Life Groups in CLA.
We have a variety of groups that meet all around the Lower Mainland at different times throughout the week. Each of our groups are unique, but all are focused on cultivating real community, growing spiritually, and reaching out in some way. In fact, Community + Growth + Mission make up the essential ingredients of a Life Group in CLA.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is childcare provided?
Not all Groups have a plan for children, but there are options available. Some groups will have participants share responsibility in watching the children, have the kids playing or watching a movie in another room, split the cost for a sitter, or make other arrangements.
What do the groups do?
Life Groups leaders are resourced with several options for their groups to consider using. Some use material from RightNow Media (the Christian Netflix of Small Group material!), or books or studies from our Church Inventory, or Discussion Guides based on our Sunday sermons. In addition to discussion/study times, groups also give time to things like prayer, communion, eating together and outreach.
How often do Groups meet?
Groups meet on different days and times throughout the week. Most meet weekly, while a few meet every other week. Our Group search page has details on the day, time, and how often each Group meet.
Why all the fuss about food & mission?
Maybe you’re hearing us talk about ‘feasting’ or how our groups can be ‘missonal’ more often. Why? Watch Pastor Mike talk about what the Bible has to say about Eating being an important part of Evangelism.
What about Summer?
Some of the Life Groups will take a break during the summer, they might get together for a bbq or two during July and August, others will run through out they year. If you are hoping to connect to a group in the Summer, let us know and we’ll be glad to help. All our groups resume regularly in the Fall.
Interested in Starting a Life Group?
Starting a group is easier than you think. If you have a home, and a heart to host, and a desire to facilitate great conversations, you are just the kind of person that we are looking for to lead a Life Group. Our Life Group team provides training, tools and support.
If you want to find out more about starting a Life Group, check back here regularly for the next training date and details.
Stay tuned for the next training for Life Group Leaders