Why Join a Group?
Joining a group is about following Jesus together. At its core, to be a Christian is to follow Jesus. We believe that Jesus changes everything and that as we follow him our lives will be transformed. Jesus didn’t come to simply transform us as individuals. Following Jesus draws us into community with others who are being transformed. We are not meant to follow Jesus alone. We need one another and God designed community to be the environment where Christians grow and thrive by pointing one another toward him. Groups are a tangible expression of God’s grace to redeem disjointed, sinful individuals and bring them into a community that lives as an expression of his power to transform lives.
Groups of 10-18 people.
The ‘dining room table’ is a galvanizing space that acts as the glue that holds a family together. It is the symbol of welcome and acceptance in a friendship and the staple of safety and stability in a home. At the ‘dining room table’, families share intimate moments and have deep conversations. They pray, laugh, cry, grow, and invite their closest friends to share a meal with them. If we were to use a metaphor to describe Neighborhood Groups at Refuge, it would be the ‘dining room table’. In a NG you can expect to: Eat, Pray, Study, Fellowship, Serve.
Groups of 3-5 same sex.
If Neighborhood Groups are the ‘Dining Room Table’ of ministry, DNA Groups are the ‘Living Room’. NG’s tend to our need to partner with the Body of Christ to grow and reach our city. DNA Groups provide greater intimacy. In DNA’s we can pursue pointed growth alongside trustworthy friends and mentors. We share our deep struggles, hurts, and we pursue a greater vision for our relationship with Jesus. In DNA groups you can expect to: Pursue Holiness, Accountability, Spiritual Formation, Discipleship.
Current Neighborhood Groups
If you would like to join a Neighborhood Group, you can contact a leader by clicking on the link below.
Do you want to join a DNA Group?
Join a DNA
Frequently Asked Questions
- Should I join both a Neighborhood Group and DNA Group?
- What′s my required commitment?
- When and where do they meet?
- What about childcare?
- Email us your questions.
Depending on your availability, it would be advantageous to join both. However, if you have time constraints, we recommend that you prayerfully consider joining at least (1) group.
Joining a group costs something—presence and participation. It requires a commitment to be present for weekly meetings. Obviously, allowances are made for sickness, vacation, work conflicts, and other special events, but not much more. It also requires your participation to come prepared for discussions and ready to pray and pursue God.
It might take a few tries before you find the group that fits you best. Our hope is that you will find a group that you can develop friendships in for many years to come.
Most of our Groups meet on weeknights for 1-2 hours, starting around 6:30 or 7pm. We do have a group that meets on Saturday mornings. Our various DNA Groups meet at various times throughout the week as decided by its members.
Parents who have children are encouraged to participate in groups. Children are greatly blessed by witnessing their parents live in biblical community. It is a worthy sacrifice to include group discipleship in your weekly routine.
Children are invited to participate in family meals, but childcare needs to be arranged during discussions. How childcare looks can be very different depending on whether your group has two children or 20 children. Childcare options should be a group decision.
As they look for childcare solutions, all of our leaders are guided by these principles:
If you are a member of Refuge LA, you have made a covenant to provide a positive Christian influence in the lives of the children in your group. Children are a part of the group—they are not a burden but a blessing that we must steward. The childcare solution must promote safety. Childcare isn’t only the parents responsibility but that of the whole group.