We Believe that Spiritual Growth Happens as People…
- Encounter God, especially through his Word
- Engage in significant Christian relationships
- Embody their faith in all areas of life
While our Sunday gatherings are primarily aimed at helping people encounter God through collective worship and the preaching of God’s Word, Growth groups are primarily aimed at creating environments in which people can engage in significant Christian relationships. Growth Groups are about much more than merely “hanging out” together. They are about gathering around God’s Word together for the purpose of truly connecting with other believers and living out the various “one another’s” in Scripture (i.e. “Love one another” – 1 John 4:7). We believe so strongly in Growth Groups that it is our desire that every person who is a part of the Flipside community be involved in a Growth Group.
What is a Growth Group?
A Growth Group is a group of people (usually 10-16 in number) that meets weekly to read and discuss how to apply the Bible, share life and build relationships, and pray for one another. Most Growth Groups meet on weekday evenings in people’s homes or at coffee shops, while some meet on weekends.
Why should I be in a Growth Group?
Hebrews 10:24-25 reads: “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” All throughout the New Testament we find similar commands. God’s heart is for people to be in community, for people to engage in significant spiritual friendships. We simply aren’t meant to do life alone. We were created for relationship. Growth Groups are the means of creating environments in which these types of friendships can be cultivated.
What is the structure for Growth Groups?
Our Growth Group calendar is structured around two 15-week seasons. The Fall season kicks-off in early-September and runs through mid-December. The Winter season runs early-January to end of April. (The Summer season is officially “off,” but groups are welcomed to continue meeting.) Groups require a 15-week commitment. Most groups “close” three weeks into each season, meaning that the group is solidified. Other groups remain “open” all 15 weeks, allowing people to join at any time. After the 15 weeks is up, individuals may continue with the same group, try a new group, or even potentially start a new group of their own.
How do I join a Growth Group?
Sign-ups primarily happen during the two weeks prior to the start of each Growth Groups season. You can meet group leaders and sign-up for a group at the sign-up tables before and after our Sunday gatherings on the two Sundays prior to the start of each Growth Group season. If you need further help in finding the right group, you can call Kevin Cobb at the Flipside office at (909) 466-7789 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also stop by the Growth Groups Info table before or after any Sunday gathering to get more information on groups and to find the right group.
What is the required commitment?
Growth Groups require a 15-week commitment. This commitment is vital to creating a consistent environment in which trust can develop. By joining a Growth Group, you are committing to attend the weekly meetings for 15 weeks. Obviously, allowances are made for illness, emergencies, work conflicts, and special events, but not much more.
You have the first three weeks of each Growth Groups season to find the group that is the right fit for you.
What about child-care?
Some Growth Groups are “kid-friendly” while others are adults only. Check with your Growth Group Leader or Connector to find out if the group is able to accommodate children. For groups that cannot accommodate children, we ask that you arrange your own child-care. One option is to partner up with someone who is involved with a Growth Group on a different night than yours and trade child-care duties on your particular group nights.