What is a Growth Group? Growth groups are small gatherings of people meeting together to grow in fellowship and faith. God designed us to live the fullest life by connecting with others. Growth Groups “do life” together with others to create relationships where we can transparently be known and know others. Groups celebrate the successes and good times of life, as well as comfort one another in the tough and disappointing times. We develop authentic friendships, we encourage one another in our pursuit of God’s plan for our lives, explore the Bible and topics that impact all of us, and have plenty opportunities in local outreach and on serving teams.
What is the church wide vision for Growth Groups? A growth group consists of at least 8 people that gather together and engage in activities focused on our core values: growing, sharing, serving and giving. We empower group facilitators to design their groups in a true “as we go” nature while creating opportunities for each person to contribute his/her unique gifts.
What will my growth group look like? Most groups are organized according to the facilitator’s life stage-single, newly married, young adult, young family, families with older children, empty nesters, mature couples, etc.
Where do groups meet? Groups meet in homes, coffee shops, restaurants, at FUMC Pearland or wherever works best for the group.
When do groups meet? Most groups meet 2-4 times per month, but our groups are more than just a program or a Bible study. We want our groups to pursue life together by connecting outside of the scheduled meetings. Significant and authentic relationships help us to be more like Christ. The groups choose the day and time they want to meet. Most groups meet for 1 ½ to 2 hours, where about half the time is devoted to food and fellowship and the other half is for Bible study and prayer. We ask that the group stay together for at least the first study, which is 8 weeks long. FUMC Pearland hopes that Growth Groups will have a desire to stay together for an extended period of time.
Is childcare available? Yes, childcare is available for the first Bible Study (8 weeks). The church will schedule childcare workers and pay the workers. After the 8 week study, the group is asked to find their own workers and pay them directly.
How do I get connected in a Growth Group? Fill out the information request form, and you will be contacted by Lindsey Hoffman, Spiritual Formation Coordinator.
Who can I contact if I have questions about Growth Groups? Lindsey Hoffman, Spiritual Formation Coordinator, will be happy to assist you. You may email her or call her in the church office, 281.485.1466.
42 They joined with the other believers in regular attendance at the apostles’ teaching sessions and at the Communion services and prayer meetings.43 A deep sense of awe was on them all, and the apostles did many miracles. 44 And all the believers met together constantly and shared everything with each other, 45 selling their possessions and dividing with those in need. 46 They worshiped together regularly at the Temple each day, met in small groups in homes for Communion, and shared their meals with great joy and thankfulness, 47 praising God. The whole city was favorable to them, and each day God added to them all who were being saved. Acts 2:47 - 47 (TLB)