Small Group Frequently Asked Questions
What do I do to get started?
Sign-up for an upcoming Starting Point and you’re on your way. Use the participation card during the Sunday morning gatherings or contact the RMC office.
Why should I be in a group? (I don’t know much about the Bible. What could I offer?)
The underlying purpose of these groups is to learn more and become dedicated followers of Jesus Christ with a small gathering of friends and people you can be close with.
Do you have to be a member of RMC to be in a group?
Not at all. Everyone is welcome to join these groups. In fact, this may be the perfect way to introduce friends, co-workers or total strangers to a friendly setting where they can learn about Jesus and become stronger in their faith.
Why can’t I just join a Life Group with my friends?
Life Groups are intended to be a place where possibly sensitive or personal experiences, problems or celebrations can be shared in confidence with people you are comfortable with. Diluting the trust of even one member by introducing a new person weakens that bond. If a Life Group unanimously accepts a new member, it must consider this confidentiality.
Can’t I just come to church on Sunday morning and learn all this stuff? Does this replace Sunday morning church gatherings?
Small Groups don't replace Sunday morning worship gatherings. On Sunday morning the emphasis is on prayer, praise, hearing of God’s word, and celebration by the church family as a whole. Small groups, on the other hand, provide us with the opportunity to be heard, to share our private concerns, and give personal attention to each other's needs.
I don’t want to talk. Can I just come and listen?
Of course. We don’t want to force anyone out of their comfort zone. Just the opposite, we hope they find a group with people they are comfortable with. Participation will evolve from the trust you gain just by listening. We don’t bite and have had all our shots.
Why do Life groups have to change every year?
Life Groups have three options at the end of their yearly covenant. They can renew the group exactly as it is and make no changes; they can replace vacancies or let some members leave for whatever reason; or they might deside to totally disband and get in new groups. Those who leave a Life Group are invited back to Starting Point, or may create their own Life Group.
I’m in a group at work, does this count?
Sure it counts! If you are in a group anywhere, please let us know and we will celebrate that fact with you. But if you can work it out, we would also like to share the love, education and concern between you and other members within the RMC family.
I’m in an active ministry and we consider ourselves a small group, does this count?
Ministry teams can certainly be Life Groups. Please convey that information to the Small Groups coordinator. The coordinator can help with study materials and helpful tips for the group.
I’m already in a group and am very happy. Why should I participate in Starting Point and possibly Journey Groups?
Your experience in Small Groups can positively influence others to get the same benefit you already know. Starting Point and Journey Groups are intended to make the process available to as many people as possible, and encourage participation. When we can share the concerns and celebrate the victories of every member, regular attender and guest we will be a stronger Body of Christ.
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