What is a nlcGroup?
A nlcGroup is a subset of the church body (usually between 6-20 people) that meet in homes, restaurants, coffee shops, businesses, churches, or any location that is convenient for the attendees. They seek to love God, grow in God, serve God, and share God together as a group.
What happens when I submit a request to connect with a group online?
The request goes directly to the group leader. The group leader should follow up with you via email or a phone call within a few days. If for any reason you don’t hear back from the group leader within a week’s time, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you get connected.
What kind of nlcGroups do you offer?
We offer several different types of nlcGroups for you to connect with. Some groups are designed specific to ages, other may be male or female only. Some groups are designed for married couples others specific to single adults. Some groups study certain books, some discuss the weekends message, and others are designed specifically for new followers of Jesus.
What goes on at a nlcGroup?
Though each group differs in how they do things, many groups have a social time in the beginning, then transition to a time where they discuss questions from the selected curriculum and pray for each other. At the very beginning of the group, the whole group decides how much time they will spend on social, discussion, and prayer time.
What if I don't like the nlcGroup I visit?
Sometimes visiting a group is like trying on shoes. You may have to try a couple of groups out to see which group is the best fit for you and your family. It is ok to visit multiple groups before deciding on which one to join.
Will I be called upon at the group to pray?
Don’t worry we won’t call on you to pray during a group meeting. You may always volunteer to pray but we won’t require you to pray out loud in front of other people.
Do I have to know a lot about the Bible in order to attend a nlcGroup?
No. People that attend groups are at all different levels of their spiritual journey. We don’t expect you to know everything about the Bible. It is always ok to ask a question related to the Bible in your group time if you don’t know the answer.
When and where do groups meet?
We encourage groups to meet weekly, because it's hard to build relationships only seeing each other a couple times a month. Groups choose to meet when and where they want: in homes, at restaurants, evenings or mornings, weekdays or weekends.
Is childcare provided for each group meeting?
Some groups offer childcare, while others do not. You can request to be part of a group that offers childcare. Often the group members contribute to pay a babysitter or babysitters to watch the children during the group time. Each group determines how it will handle their own childcare needs.
How often do nlcGroups meet?
Most groups meet weekly. Some groups meet for three weeks out of the month and either take off the fourth week or do a social activity together. Groups make up their own schedule.
How long does each nlcGroup meeting last?
Each nlcGroup picks the length of time they will meet. However, most groups meet for an hour to an hour and half.
What do nlcGroups study?
Most groups follow the sermon based notes and questions for their study time through a format we call "Talk it over". However, some groups choose their own curriculum to study.