Care Groups provide a means for each member at Linder Road to pursue a deeper spiritual life through friendship, study, service and outreach in a way that connects and watches out for each one in a smaller group environment. They also provide visitors and new members a way to connect with and get to know a few people at a time.
How Does it Work?
Each member is assigned to a group. Each group is made up of four or more active families and directed by two co-leaders.
Groups are encouraged to meet once or twice a month in a member’s home or at the building (at the option of the group). These group meetings take place outside our scheduled worship times in order to focus members on each other.
What happens in a Care Group Meeting?
What happens in a care group meeting is up to the care group. Some groups get together to worship God and focus on the Bible. Other groups make time to give back to the community in service activities. Still other groups center their activities around food and games, so the members can know each other better.
Our elders like to see at least some form of worship be part of each time together. They also want to see a little time devoted to understanding the needs of fellow members. Here is a list of suggested activities:
- Devotional Time / Bible study – Groups are encouraged to keep their religious discussions centered around the sermons and devotionals of the week.
- Personal sharing – Groups provide a private time for members who know each other’s private struggles to share and confide. This is the heart of why care groups meet. Members grow in the knowledge of each other’s sufferings and in love for fellow members.
- Commitment to outreach – Evangelism, service projects, visitor follow-up: anything to get outside our four walls and into the community.
- Prayer/Worship – Designate time for songs and prayer after sharing.
- Accountability – Let absentees from worship or groups know they are missed. Ensure that we know who is sick in the church and what the church can do to help.
- Meal – If the group chooses, a fellowship meal or dessert.
- Group fellowship – Possibly a game night or a group outing.