What's a Grow Group
Grow Groups are an essential part of life at Gateway.
While we highly value and enjoy gathering together to praise God, our worship services are too big to develop the closest kinds of relationships. We all need a smaller group of friends with whom we can share our lives. So our goal is to connect every person at Gateway with a Grow Group where they can build those deep relationships.
Grow Groups are small gatherings of about 8 to 18 people that meet in homes, generally on a weekly basis, to offer each other support and care. Our groups are led by shepherds whose desire is to help people experience the love and guidance of God within the context of these spiritual friendships. The leader looks to foster this when the entire group gathers together and within the natural connections of group friendships throughout the week.
When they gather, most groups spend at least some portion of their time in biblical study or discussion, some time talking about the important events in their lives and some time in prayer. Some groups share a meal together, some include their children in a portion of their group time, and some explore ways of serving people outside their group. In other words, each group reflects the unique make-up and needs of the people in that group. The thing our groups most have in common is that Jesus is the center of group life.
For a thorough presentation of the principles and foundations of Grow Groups we recommend you listen to a sermon series from September-October 2013 called The Fridge.