HighSight Life Group Applications

So...what exactly IS a "Life Group"? A Life Group is quite simply a small gathering of people that meets together on a regular basis to share in life with one another and grow together as followers of Jesus. It is our conviction that this is the most effective way to grow in relationship with one another as well as become better disciples of Jesus.

While Sunday and Wednesday services are intended to be challenging and encouraging for students on their journey of faith, it is our belief that effective discipleship only happens in consistent, personal, intentional relationships. While we attempt to incorporate these elements into our regular services,they can't happen to the depth and degree as can be experienced in a Life Group. As such, we encourage all of our students to be involved in one.

We take our model from Jesus Himself. While there were many people who followed Jesus, He chose 12 men to be His disciples, and then 3 (Peter, James, and John) whom He invested the most in. Likewise, in HighSight, this will consist of 3-4 students meeting with one of our Leaders on a consistent basis.

Time Commitment

Each life group will meet for one and a half to two hours per week. There may be additional meeting times or outings involved as well. In addition, you can anticipate approximately 1 hr of outside reading as described under "Commitment" below.
Content - What does a Life Group look like?

In order for Life Groups to be effective three components are necessary: Transparency, Commitment and Consistency.

Transparency: In order to become an effective disciple of Jesus, we must not only learn that Jesus wants us to do but we must also confront our areas of weakness or sin. These areas often hinder us from being obedient to Jesus. The only way to do this is to be real, or transparent, with our lives. Confronting the sin in your life on your own is good, but being transparent about it in the midst of community so that your Life Group can keep you accountable and offer support is one of the most effective ways to have a victory and succeed in becoming a disciple of Jesus. As we are exhorted in James 5:16 "Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed".

Commitment: In addition to spending time being real, we will read books together, go through a book of the Bible together, or study a particular topic. These will require you to read or study on your own. You should anticipate approximately 1 hr of outside reading each week. In the group, we will be discussing what we read and the Leader will be using the content of what you read during the week to challenge the group. If you haven't read or studied, you won't be able to actively participate or effectively learn. So, Commitment is crucial.

Consistency: Once the group decides on a day and time to meet every week or every other week, it is important that you make this time a priority in your life. You should treat it as an appointment that you would normally not break unless there was an emergency. The reason for this is that as you begin to meet as a group week after week, a dynamic or relationship between the group begins to form. Not only is it hard for this relationship to form if you are not consistent, but it also throws off the dynamic if you are not there. This is why consistency is so important. Occasionally missing a meeting due to something really important is no big deal, especially if you communicate ahead of time to your leader, but missing a meeting because you and a friend really wanted to go see a movie is NOT ok. If you continually miss meetings, your Leader may talk to you about your commitment and you may be asked to step out of your group until you are ready to commit as described.
Parents

It is important to us that you are well informed as to your students involvement in Life Groups. Not only can you encourage them to be consistent and committed, but you will also, most likely, be instrumental in helping them get to and from group. Because of this it would be impossible for them to commit to being involved without you also committing as well. Therefore, we would ask that you too review the Life Group description. If you approve of the required time commitment and will agree to help them fulfill their commitment through encouragement and by transporting them, please mark below.

Description

So...what exactly IS a "Life Group"? A Life Group is quite simply a small gathering of people that meets together on a regular basis to share in life with one another and grow together as followers of Jesus. It is our conviction that this is the most effective way to grow in relationship with one another as well as become better disciples of Jesus.

While Sunday and Wednesday services are intended to be challenging and encouraging for students on their journey of faith, it is our belief that effective discipleship only happens in consistent, personal, intentional relationships. While we attempt to incorporate these elements into our regular services,they can't happen to the depth and degree as can be experienced in a Life Group. As such, we encourage all of our students to be involved in one.

We take our model from Jesus Himself. While there were many people who followed Jesus, He chose 12 men to be His disciples, and then 3 (Peter, James, and John) whom He invested the most in. Likewise, in HighSight, this will consist of 3-4 students meeting with one of our Leaders on a consistent basis.