Groups Ministry-We do life together
Helping People IN GROUPS take their next steps with Jesus.
A relationship with Jesus typically begins by having a relationship with someone else first. In Groups, we want to foster an environment that leads people to seek out answers to questions about what it means to be a Christ-follower.
WALK IN FREEDOM
Hurts, habits and hang-ups can be very real to people. Finding community (life groups), healing (special interest groups), and spiritual maturity (Men’s Huddles and Women’s Gatherings) can move a person from bondage to freedom in their faith.
Our pastor has shared before that our two greatest days are the day we are born and the day we figure out why. Groups are a great place to foster that purpose and meaning for individuals, couples and families to discover their own gifts to share their time, talents and treasures with those around them.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE
A leader is someone who leads. Part of the goal is to continue to create a culture of raising up and developing current and future leaders to impact and invest in others for eternity. The multiplying effect in all our group settings is foundational to having more groups at ROCC and beyond.
THERE ARE SEVERAL GROUP OPTIONS FOR THIS SEMESTER (see below for description):
- Special interest groups are a specialized study or focus and typically have a fee for the class or group.
- Men’s Huddles and Women’s Gathering Groups have no more than 5 in a group for the purposes of being in the Word, prayer and accountability, and meet twice a month.
- Life Groups are either men’s, women’s, or couple’s/co-ed groups of larger sizes up to 14-16 that meet weekly.
- Click on photos of groups below to look at details and bio of those leading to determine which group to join.
- See video testimonials below groups to hear of others experiences here at ROCC.
- Read our FAQ section to find out more answers to questions you may have.
Questions? Please contact Groups Director Michael Murray
WOMEN GATHERING DISCIPLESHIP GROUPS
MEN HUDDLE DISCIPLESHIP GROUPS
LIFE GROUPS-ALL ARE WELCOME
LIFE GROUPS-MEN, WOMEN, SINGLES, AND COLLEGE/YOUNG ADULTS
Why join a group?
Check out these personal stories!
What happens at a Group Meeting?
Special Interest Groups meet weekly to discuss a topic or specific emphasis. There is usually a fee involved for these groups or classes. Typcially, video followed by discussion is emphasized.
Men's Huddles and Women's Gatherings are discipleship groups of no more than 5 total who meet twice a month for the purposes of being in the Word, prayer and accountability.
Life groups are group of people usually 14-16 who gather together for the purposes of growing community, discussion of God's word, & prayer. A Life Group leader will facilitate the meeting and make sure group members are connected. Some groups have meals together before discussion.
Where do Groups meet?
Groups meet at ROCC, online, in host homes, in restaurants or coffee shops throughout Rutherford County.
How often do groups meet?
We have Fall and Spring Semesters that typically run September-December and February-May. Most LifeGroups and special interest groups meet on a weekly basis.
Men's Huddles and Women Gatherings typically meet twice a month. The time will also vary with each group.
What does it cost to join a Group?
Joining a Group is FREE. Some "Special Interest" groups may incur a curriculum fee, such as Financial Peace University, Divorce Care, Grief Share, Marriage Enrichment or Specified Bible studies.
Is childcare available?
Childcare varies from group to group. The group profile will indicate if childcare is available. There will be a fee for childcare, if provided among group members.
Each group who offers childcare is responsible for paying their childcare workers themselves.
What if I'm having a difficult time finding a group to join?
We understand that not everyone will find the best fit the first time they try a group, but we encourage you not to give up. Contact our Groups Director, Michael Murray (firstname.lastname@example.org), to discuss your needs.
What topics are discussed?
Most groups utilize the current message series discussion questions. Some groups may choose a specific study plan to follow. All are supposed to incorporate the Word of God and prayer as a part of their meetings.
What if I'm interested in being a potential leader?
WE WANT ALL LEADERS TO:
1. Have a love for God (Deuteronomy 6:5)
2. Have a love for people (John 13:35)
3. Have a calling to lead (1 Thessalonians 5:24
WE ASK THAT ALL LEADERS:
1. Attend the Grow Track Step One Class (2 Peter 3:18)
2. Be in a Life Group for at least one semester before potentially leading (Proverbs 27:17; Ephesians 4:16)
3. Consider an apprenticeship within your group for potential leaders (2 Timothy 2:2)
* If interested, please contact Michael@therocc.com to have an initial conversation
What is an Advocate?
One who is called (invited by ROCC leadership) to someone's aid (Group Facilitators/Leaders) being a mediator, intercessor and encourager as needed.
Ephesians 4:12-"to EQUIP the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ."
ENCOURAGING our leaders through our words and checking on them
QUALIFYING leaders when they may not feel adequate or are lacking ability
UNDERSTANDING how leaders are personally doing, as well as their groups
INSTRUCTING leaders who need any mentoring or coaching
PRAYING for personal and group requests of leaders