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After our Sunday morning gathering, our Small Groups are the primary ministry of LCC for helping believers to grow in Christ and experience Biblical fellowship.
Small Groups in a COVID-19 Season
During a year of unique challenges, it’s essential to experience the grace of fellowship. We need the encouragement, prayers, and support of relationships in the body! Our small groups are finding safe and creative ways to connect. Some are hosting their meetings by video on Zoom, some are meeting at the LCC building with a “socially distanced” setup, and some are meeting on different nights in homes in different locations throughout the city with a hybrid-option to include people by video who cannot come in person. Contact your small group leader for details and any questions about precautions that are being taken for in person meetings. If you are not yet a member of a group, you can register for a group and connect with the leader for meeting details. If you need any help, please contact the church office.
For most of our groups, the discussion content follows along with the Sunday sermon, but we also seasonally offer Topical Groups that focus on a particular theme or area of study. Our groups are offered for a Fall semester and a Spring semester and break for the Summer & Winter. See the current semester's dates here.
What Kind of Group Should I Join?
Here you’ll find descriptions for the kinds of groups that are being offered this semester.
Why Join a Sermon Based Group?
Most of our groups are sermon based groups, which means the content around which discussions and gathering is provided by the Sunday sermon. The reason we feature these groups is because of our desire to not just be hearers of the Word, but doers and those who are actually living in the good of what’s been preached. Since you’ve already heard the message on Sunday, participation in these groups don’t require additional study materials. If you’ve been an active participant in an existing group, we encourage you to continue to connect with that group.
Why Join the Pivot (18-25 y/o) Group?
If you’re an 18-25 year old, you are in the midst of one of the most exciting seasons of your life. You are emerging as a young adult, with new opportunities, new freedoms, new friends, and new responsibilities. But suddenly having so many possibilities in front of you can feel overwhelming. “What career should I pursue? Who should I marry? What does God want me to do with the rest of my life?!” You’re not alone. Don’t drown in the “information age” or get paralyzed by all the options, come join us as we discover God’s wisdom and priorities for the young adult years!
Other Seasonal Topical Groups
Why Join the GriefShare Group?
If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend,
you’ve probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you’ve never faced before. GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. Receive biblical wisdom in a relational setting from experienced teachers who have walked through grief. This group will meet every week for 13 weeks.
Why Join the Suffering Group?
There are never quick fixes or easy answers when it comes to suffering. But even when we can’t immediately see God’s hand—when the struggle is hard and painful—he is working. This group is for people experiencing the “various trials” (James 1:2) of life in a fallen world. If you’ve been walking through long seasons of health issues, chronic pain, depression, financial difficulties, infertility, or any other form of suffering, God’s grace is available through the ministry of his Word and Spirit applied in real relationships. This group will use God’s Grace in Your Suffering by David Powlison as a companion study.
Why Join the Relationships Topical Group?
To be human is to be in relationships. To be fallen means that these relationships are often met with difficulty and trouble. We need wisdom to navigate relating with the people in our lives. This group will seek to help us grow in our friendships, marriages, parenting, relating with adult children, co-workers, and interacting with the lost. It will use Relationships: A Mess Worth Making by Timothy Lane & Paul David Tripp.
Why Join the Faith-Filled Fitness Group?
Scripture teaches that whether we eat or drink, we are to do everything to the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:13). The Lordship of Jesus extends to every category of life, including health and fitness. God calls us to be good stewards of the bodies that he has given us. This group discusses not only the helpful, practical matters of diet and exercise, but more importantly gets at the heart issues of gluttony and self-control. Enjoy fellowship with friends sharing common struggles but pursuing the common goal of glorifying God in everything. This group will meet every week for 10 weeks.
Why Join a Bible Study Group?
These groups will spend their time studying through a specific book of the Bible. Participating in this group will require you to take time each week to work through the study materials related to that book and bring your thoughts and insights to the group meeting. In addition to a study of the biblical material, time will be spent in the meetings seeking to apply these truths to everyday life and to grow in the skill of Bible study and presentation.
Why Join the Discipleship Explored Group?
Do you feel like you could use some help with growing in your faith? Is Christianity new to you, and you aren’t sure what steps to take next? That’s why this small group exists. As the church, we aren’t called just to introduce people to Christ, but to make disciples and teach them to obverse all that he commanded us (Matt. 28:19-20). This setting is designed to help accomplish that. If you are new to Christianity, new to the church, or feel like you need to return to the basics of following Jesus, this group is for you.
Why Join the Reformed Theology Group?
If you’ve ever read the “Beliefs” section on the Lakeview Christian Center website you’ve read, “We are essentially Reformed in our doctrine of salvation.” Reformed Theology, what does that mean? This group will seek to answer that question by studying the “Doctrines of Grace,” a biblical system of theology about God and His gracious salvation of sinners. Participants should expect reading assignments, questions to answer, and have an eagerness to see God clearly in the way he saves his people.
Why Join the Strengthening Marriage Group?
“EQUIPPING COUPLES TO COUNSEL STRUGGLING COUPLES”
1. Are you willing to be used by God to help others in the midst of their marriage struggles?
2. Are you willing, at least, to consider being God’s tool in the lives of other couples?
3. Are you willing, but unsure what you possibly have to offer?
If your answer is “Yes” to one of these questions, consider spending the Spring Session exploring with other like-minded couples. In the process, lagniappe--strengthen your own marriage.
Why Join a Spiritual Disciplines Themed Group?
Spiritual disciplines like bible study, prayer, stewardship, serving, evangelism, etc. are the foundations out of which a vibrant Christian life can grow. Where these things are done poorly, few will ever be able to thrive in their walk. If you’ve struggled to have a meaningful prayer life or consistent time of Bible reading, then why not take the next 2 1/2 months to be devoted to creating or strengthening this area. It will surely serve you for the rest of your life. This is a temporary, themed group that will only be available seasonally on a first come basis.
Why Join the Personal Finances Group?
Approximately 70% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck, regardless of their income. This means that “broke” has become the new normal in our nation. At the end of the month, many individuals simply have nothing left because of debt and expenses. If you’d like to learn more about taking control of your money, register for this group and discover God’s way of handling money. We’ll help you to get on a budget, get out of debt, save for the future, and take control of your money. This group will meet every week for 9 weeks and will study through Dave Ramsey’s course “Financial Peace University”. The cost for the course materials is $109.
Why Join the Ministry of the Spirit Themed Group?
God gives us the Holy Spirit to empower us to live as he’s called. If we only rely on our natural abilities and desires, then it’s likely we have settled for something less than God intended for our lives. This group will be a study of the Spirit’s ministry in Scripture, with a focus on how he wants to gift and equip us for God’s purposes. Join us as we together explore and apply how to pursue a deeper experience of the Holy Spirit.
What About Childcare?
It is our hope for our Small Groups to provide a setting for fruitful discussion and ministry. We would desire that parents with young children would be able to engage in these meetings with limited distractions, so generally kids do not sit in the meeting. Because childcare taking place in host homes has its challenges and concerns, we have asked for parents to arrange for their own childcare. If you have older kids or other family members who would be able to watch your children at home, or if you are able to afford a babysitter, that would be helpful. However, we do not want a financial burden to prevent you from participating in the groups, so we offer a reimbursement system to cover the cost of your babysitter if needed. Your small group leader will have a form that you can submit to request this reimbursement (LCC will pay $20 per family for each Small Group meeting that requires hiring a babysitter). While this service is offered to everyone, it is our hope that families who do not need this financial support in order to participate will not take advantage of these resources. (Some may also choose to submit to be reimbursed only every other meeting or only in particular times of need). If you have any questions or would like more information about why we have chosen to implement this system instead of traditional childcare at the host home, please call the church office.