Life Groups

Care Group Muller 2016Small home fellowship groups, called Life Groups, are one of the core ministries of Westside because they provide unique opportunities to build close relationships and learn to minister in ways that are difficult in a larger group setting. 

Life Groups meet in various homes from September to May on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Check the Sunday bulletin for location information.

The true essence of the local church is not four walls and a roof! It's about relationships between people. This is why we put such a high priority on Life Groups. They're all about fellowship and learning and growing together. It is our deep desire to grow together and be used by the Lord to build each other up and reach the world around us with the hope of the gospel. The New Testament is clear about God’s design for believers - We grow together.

Several things are new this time.

The groups have a new name.  We’ve chosen to make a change in name to signify the importance of the changes we’re making. “Life Groups” communicates that we’re looking to build our community by doing life together. It also communicates that our small groups are a source of life for us and for the world around us.

There will be new groups. We have assigned each person who calls Westside home a new Life Group that we believe will surround you with brothers and sisters with whom you can share life. It’s normal for new groups to take a little while to gel.

There will be a new focus. We want to bring balance to our small group meetings. Acts 2:42 lists the four activities the early Church committed themselves to: the Apostles’ teaching, fellowship, Breaking of Bread, and prayer. Sunday mornings are a great opportunity for Breaking Bread (remembering the Lord in communion) and listening to the Apostles’ teaching (preaching), but are not as suited for fellowship and prayer.

Similarly, the early Church was growing as they were missional in the world around them. So, we’ve chosen to add more fellowship times, prioritize smaller group prayer, and schedule service or mission weeks (see your Life Group leader for details on dates, frequency, etc). We want our Life Groups to be a place where our community grows together and our love for one another overflows to the world around us. If you have ideas for service or mission opportunities, please see your Life Group leader.

The elders ask that every Westside adult commit to do three things:

  • Commit to attend (be there)
  • Commit to engage (be a part of what is going on)
  • Commit to risk (let others into your life and be available for others).

If you aren’t assigned to a group, we encourage you to reach out to one of the elders who would be happy to get you involved in a Life Group that can help you grow together with us. If you are assigned to a group and can’t attend for whatever reason, please contact your Life Group leader or elder and let them know. We still want to keep connection with you.

Finally, if you haven’t been involved in our small groups in the past, you might feel hesitant to start now. We can tell you from first-hand experience how life-giving it is to truly engage and allow others into your life in these groups. The Christian life was not meant to be lived alone, or even with others kept out at arm’s length. We need each other because we grow together. Let’s press on together.

"Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” (Ephesians 4:15-16)