1. First, they are geographical. This means that there will be a group meeting in your immediate area. Not only will that be convenient, but it will allow you to identify and interact with church members in your community.
  2. Second, because it is based on location, groups will most likely be multi-generational. From Sr. Adults to young couples to teenagers, the church is a display of unity that can only be created by the Gospel. Growth Groups will provide a context for that to be lived out in a very real way.
  3. Third, because of the size and make-up of the groups, they will be relational, centered on the Word of God. They are not study groups, support groups, counseling groups, or common interest groups; rather, they are groups for cultivating true fellowship rooted in Scripture, empowered by prayer, and fostered through relationships.

We exist to make disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ for the glory of God. This discipleship takes place on a number of different levels.

Congregation ⥂ LifeStages ⥂ Growth Groups ⥂  1 to 1 Relationships

The New Testament is very clear that our spiritual growth is dependent on our service to and involvement with other believers in the church (Ephesians 4:15-16). Growth Groups are simply a discipleship dynamic within the life of the church that support the overall mission. These groups serve as an expression of the corporate fellowship of the whole church, and not as a replacement.

Growth Groups are built around believers in Jesus Christ who are members of Lebanon Baptist Church and who live in specific areas and neighborhoods. These members regularly gather together for prayer and Bible study. The groups serve as a way for the church to invest their lives in each other to build genuine relationships, and to promote the Gospel in their communities. So, in living near each other, you have the opportunity to really get involved in the lives of one another. You can drop in on each other during the week, do home projects together, run errands together, take care of each othersʼ children, and seek other ways to Love Your Neighbors together.

While we are convinced that believers should be committed members with a local church, Growth Groups are open and welcoming to anyone. In fact, this is a great way for you to learn more about the people of Lebanon Baptist and what it looks like to live in committed relationships to one another as church members. To learn more about becoming a member of LBC, click here.

  • Intentional Interaction & Fellowship
  • Study & Discussion
  • Accountability & Prayer

Groups can plan for specific events like game nights, service projects, outreach meetings, dinners, and other activities together that will focus their attention on people in that group and build their own schedules around the life of the group. Groups should plan for ministry opportunities together, especially to share the Gospel in their communities and workplaces, reach out to elderly and shut-ins of LBC, reach out to visitors to LBC in their communities, and host events throughout the year for non-Christians to see the love of God displayed.

Each group may need a particular strategy depending on the number and age of children, but we want every one (including the children) to be a part.

Ages 13+

  • As believers, they are a part of the church, and an integral part of the group.
    • This is a great opportunity for them to connect to the body in meaningful ways, and develop in their own discipleship and commitment to the church
  • Welcome the teens into the group and make them feel a valuable part of the group
  • Assume the worth of their input and invite it (Adults can and should learn from teens that are seeking to grow in Christ)
  • If they have not yet come to faith in Christ, this is an opportunity for them to see the reality of the gospel and the impact it makes as it is lived out in real relationships.

Ages 8-12

  • Make room for them to be a part of the group
    • Include them in the praises
    • Include them in the discussion
    • Pray with them
  • Do not allow them to sit off to the side with phones or other devices
  • This teaches them of the multi-generational nature of the church
  • If they have not come to faith in Christ, this is another opportunity for them to hear the Gospel and see it lived out.
  • This is great for families!

Ages 4-7

  • Moms could rotate the responsibility of watching younger children in a different room of the house at each meeting
  • If the location allows for a place for them to quietly play together without supervision, that is fine.
  • Allow and even invite the children to join in the group
    • Embrace the complex dynamic of younger children
    • Let them participate in the group
    • If a child is struggling, simply step out until they are at peace, then come back in.

Ages 0-3

  • If at all possible, keep them with you
  • They may sit with you or in your lap
  • They may sit off to the side with a book, colors, etc.
    • Keep them as quiet as possible, but all adults know that little ones will make noise. It’s not a problem.
  • If they become too distracting, quietly step out with them until they are at peace, then return to the study
  • Moms could rotate the responsibility of watching the children in a different room of the house at each meeting.

Each group may need a particular strategy depending on the number and age of children, but we want every one (including the children) to be a part. 

If you are interested in starting up a new Growth Group, please contact one of the pastors. Any leader will be required to be a part of specific training for Growth Groups.