Grow Groups

Grow Groups, which will launch in Fall 2024, are small, gender-specific groups of three to six believers who gather weekly to encourage and challenge one another in discipleship and engage daily with Christ through His Word and prayer.

If you'd like to be kept informed about Grow Groups and planning for launch, put your name below. This doesn't obligate you to join a group; it just lets us know you want more information.
Grow Group Interest Form


A large part of our church’s mission is to help each other grow in Christlikeness. Grow Groups provide an opportunity for Richland Creek to strengthen our commitments to one another by engaging with the Scripture together, practicing individual and corporate prayer, and developing honest, genuine relationships. Those three commitments—Scripture, prayer, and honesty—are at the heart of Grow Groups.

The Basics: When, Where, How

Grow Groups will begin meeting on September 8, 2024. Many of our Grow Groups will meet on campus as part of our regular weekly Sunday night gathering, which will be from 5-6:15 and will feature Grow Groups for adults and Creek Students, Discovery Pointe for Creek Kids, and Creek Special Needs. However, many Grow Groups will also meet at other times during the week, in homes, restaurants, and coffee shops, at the convenience of the Grow Group members.

For more information about our weekly schedule shift this fall from Wednesday nights to Sunday nights, click here.
 
You can’t sign up for a Grow Group just yet; that opportunity will come in late summer 2024. But you can fill out the interest form above to learn more about Grow Groups, hear more details, and be reminded when sign-ups begin.
 
In the meantime, we’ve prepared some FAQs (frequently asked questions) about Grow Groups below. If you are interested in the possibility of leading a Grow Group, or just have questions that are not addressed below, e-mail Discipleship Coordinator Claudine Snyder at .

FAQs

What are Grow Groups?

Grow Groups, which will launch in Fall 2024, are small, gender-specific groups of three to six believers who gather weekly to encourage and challenge one another in discipleship and engage daily with Christ through His Word and prayer.

Why are we forming Grow Groups?

Grow Groups are one aspect of Richland Creek’s Discipleship Pathway, our corporate strategy for accomplishing our vision of gathering to grow as disciples of Jesus. Grow Groups will focus on relational commitment, offering group members the opportunity to genuinely help one another trust, follow, and obey Jesus from a heart of love.

Who can join a Grow Group?

Anyone who has professed faith in Christ. Growing in Christ is a whole-life endeavor. We invite everyone to participate, whether you are a new believer or someone who has been a Christian for many years. Members of the Creek are strongly encouraged to consider joining a Grow Group.

How will Grow Groups be formed?

Most Grow Groups will emerge from existing relationships, particularly within the Creek’s Life Groups. We're still working out all of the details. For now, just fill out the interest form above, and we’ll send out more information as we approach our fall launch.

What are the differences between a Grow Group and a Life Group?

Life Groups and Grow Groups differ in terms of their purpose, size, makeup, content, and timeframe. They are both elements of the larger Richland Creek Discipleship Pathway. We would encourage members to, whenever possible, participate in both a Life Group and a Grow Group. Life Groups are ongoing, open communities that emphasize growth by taking a balanced approach to teaching, relationships, and giftedness. Anyone can join at any time. Grow Groups are circles of encouragement and honesty that emphasize growth by promoting spiritual disciplines and commitment in a more intimate atmosphere.

Life Groups Grow Groups
Mid-sized communities, from 10-100 members Small circles of 3-6 members
Most are for men or women, couples participate together All gender-specific
All follow the same curriculum, teacher-led Emphasize commitment; all members participate, facilitator-led
Ongoing, meeting year-round Meet seasonally, starting fall and ending late spring, starting again each fall
When and how often will Grow Groups meet?

Each Grow Group can decide what day and time work best for its members. We expect many groups will choose to meet on Sunday evenings from 5 to 6:15 at the church, as that is when our Creek Students will also meet in Grow Groups, and our Creek Kids will have Discovery Point.

Most Grow Groups will meet weekly, as weekly meetings are best for developing the habit of gathering with brothers and sisters for encouragement and growth. The weekly schedule will occasionally be interrupted by major churchwide gatherings or holidays. While weekly meetings are normative, we’re willing to discuss meetings every other week when necessary.

What happens during a Grow Group meeting?

Grow Group meetings will focus on discussions about Scripture, prayer, and accountability. Wo believe that a regular schedule helps us to make good use of our time and be focused on encouraging one another in Christ. So each Grow Group will follow a similar pattern: Opening prayer (5 minutes), Follow up and Scripture discussion (30-40 minutes), Scripture memory (5 minutes), Accountability (15 minutes), Closing Prayer (10 minutes).

What do you mean by Scripture engagement?

Scripture engagement is the foundational expectation of Grow Groups. It will often be the habit that drives other habits, and it is where we will spend most of our group time together. Each member of the group is expected to read the Word, according to a reading plan, and journal along with the group each week following the group’s reading schedule. This is not in addition to your own time in the Word—this is intended to be your personal time in the Word each weekly.

Why reading plans and journaling?

Reading plans foster greater consistency in reading and help provide necessary context when trying to understand what we read. For our Grow Groups, they also ensure that everyone reads and studies together. Most plans will follow a schedule that includes five-day-a-week and three-day-a-week options. The goal is to offer people the best tool for developing and sustaining the Bible intake habit.

For every day that people engage the Word by reading, they engage the Word by journaling. The two practices go together in the Grow Group ecosystem. We’re not talking about a “dear diary” kind of journaling that reflects solely on our feelings. Journaling will take us deeper into the meaning of God’s Word and its significance in our lives. Journaling does not need, nor should it be, a lengthy discipline. A paragraph or two is fine. Some will do more, but the basic practice does not need to be long and involved. There will be a handful of helpful journaling methods outlined in the Grow Group manual, but these will all engage with the text’s meaning, encourage meditation and application of the Word to my heart and life, and encourage some kind of response to the Word through prayer and action.

What if I’m not good at memorizing Scripture?

Memorization can be hard for some folks, but (and we can’t say this enough) it is worth the effort. The goal of memorization is not just knowing a bunch of words but meditating on the meaning of God’s Word. Author and pastor Andy Davis has said, “There is no more useful discipline to the careful process of verse-by-verse meditation than memorization.”

Can I bring a friend? What about a lost friend?

We LOVE the practice of bringing people to church, especially those who don’t know Jesus. But, since Grow Groups are intended for believers and are spaces for deeper honesty and openness, they’re not the best place for first-time guests. We would encourage you to bring them to worship services and Life Groups, both of which are open and welcoming to guests, including those who don’t know Christ.

If your friend is a member or frequent attender of Richland Creek, then encourage them to fill out an interest form for more info about Grow Groups.

What if I can’t attend the meetings every week?

We realize the circumstances of life sometimes prevent consistent attendance. However, it is not helpful to you or the group to have regular absences. Grow Group members are committing to consistent attendance, barring illness, traveling, or emergencies. If you feel like your schedule will not allow consistent attendance, consider waiting to join a Grow Group until your schedule permits.

I’m a new believer. Can I come to Grow Groups? Should I come to Grow Groups?

Yes! Grow Groups are a perfect environment for growing in your faith. Grow Groups are for all believers, whether you are new to the faith or have been walking with the Lord for decades. We often say that growing in Christ is a whole-life endeavor.

Are these groups going to maintain confidentiality?

Our goal is for every group to maintain confidentiality. Forming trust between members is essential to group dynamics and is foundational to building relationships.

I’m already doing so many things; do I have to be in a Grow Group as well?

We believe that Grow Groups are a tremendous opportunity and bring enormous value to your Christian walk, but they are also entirely voluntary. These groups are open to all believers who attend our church, yet we realize not all will be able to join during certain seasons of their lives. We encourage you to be in group as you are able, and when you are—we would love to have you join us.

When Grow Groups launch and start meeting on Sunday nights, what will happen to Midweek (Wednesday night) activities?

Starting in September, we will not have weekly churchwide activities for all ages on Wednesday nights. Creek Students will continue to have a Wednesday evening worship service from 6:30-7:45. Creek Kids will now offer their Discovery Point activities for preschool and elementary, along with Creek Special Needs ministry, from 5-6:15 on Sunday evenings while adults and students meet in Grow Groups.

Adult Equipping classes, which used to meet weekly on Wednesday nights, will now be offered at various times and in various formats throughout the year. These will include some weeknights, weekend intensives and workshops, conferences, men’s and women’s events, and even e-learning opportunities.

Will there be childcare on Sunday nights during Grow Groups?

Yes. Creek Kids will offer Discovery Point for preschool and elementary students, and Creek Students will have Grow Groups for middle and high schoolers.