Life Groups

Join a Life Group

Life Groups is what we call our small groups ministry. Small groups are just that, groups with about 8-12 people who do life together. In a Life Group, you’ll study the Bible, shoot the breeze, celebrate life’s events, mourn life’s tragedies, and support each other along the way. It is the way we support spiritual growth and community at First Alliance.

Benefits of being in a Life Group

  • God never intended Christianity to be “Me, God, and my Bible.”
    1 Corinthians 12:12-17For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of the body, being many, are one body; so also is Christ. For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free; and were all made to drink of one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; it is not therefore not of the body. And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; it is not therefore not of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? 

  • People use their gifts and talents to minister to one another. Hebrews 10:24...and let us consider one another to provoke unto love and good works...

  • Life Group members encourage one another in their faith. Romans 1:12...that is, that I with you may be comforted in you, each of us by the other's faith, both yours and mine.

  • Group members hold each other accountable. Proverbs 27:17Iron sharpeneth iron; So a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

  • Members pray for one another. Matthew 18:20For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

  • Friendships start, and grow.

Goals of being in a Life Group

  • Discipleship – Grow more Christ-like.

  • Community – (also called fellowship) Have fun with people.

  • Service – Do stuff to help other people, outside your group and outside our church.

Jason

A blessing that has been a decade in the making.

“Now we have the deep relationships we were longing for. If we had opted out of the Life Groups early on, we would have missed out on the deep relationships we were longing for. I’m so thankful for our Life Group at First Alliance Church, a blessing that has been a decade in the making.”

Current List of Life Groups

Sundays

Men & Women

Study: Sermon Discussion

Leader: Herb Gilroy

Location: 16509

Status: Full

Men & Women

Study: Sermon discussion

Leader: Gil Jacobs

Location: 16415

Status: Full

Men & Women

Study: DVD/Discussion

Leader: Jack Niethamer

Location: 16506

Status: Full

Men & Women

Study: DVD/Discussion

Leader: Scott Shuffield

Location: 16505

Status: Open

Mondays

Tuesdays

Men & Women

Study: Bible Study

Leader: Ron Franklin

Location: 16506

Status: Full 

Men & Women

Study: Bible Study

Leader: Roy Schulz

Location: 16505

Status: Full

Wednesdays

Men & Women

Study: Sermon Discussion

Leader: Clay Bannister

Location: 16506

Status: Full

Single Men & Women

Study: DVD/Discussion

Leader: Doug Hammer

Location: 16506

Status: Open 

Men & Women

Study: Sermon Discussion

Leader: Mike McCullough

Location: 16506

Status: Full

Men & Women

Study: Book study/Discussion

Leader: Andy Boncella

Location: 16506

Status: Full

Women

Study: Book study/Discussion

Leader: Roberta L Volgstadt

Location: 16506

Status: Open

Thursdays

Men & Women

Study: Sermon Discussion

Leader: Chad Jantzi

Location: 16509

Status: Full

Women

Study: Bible Study

Leader: Elaine Ransil

Location: 16502

Status: Full

Men & Women

Study: DVD/Discussion

Leader: Rob Detwiler

Location: 16504

Status: Full

Fridays

Saturdays

Lead a Life Group

Leading a Life Group might sound intimidating, but it’s not! You don’t need to be a Biblical scholar or a teacher. Many Life Groups watch DVD studies, or read study books, and then simply discuss it together. If your home doesn’t accommodate 8-12 people, your group could agree to meet at a coffee shop or other public space, another person’s house, or even on the First Alliance campus.

Responsibilities of Leading

  • Make sure you are mentally and spiritually prepared to lead.

  • You don’t have to teach, you can facilitate using a DVD based study.

  • Pray for your group members between meetings.

Benefits of leading a Life Group

  • Being a blessing to the rest of your group.

  • Allowing a new group to start.

  • The leader learns more than anyone else.

The Need for Leaders

  • At times there can be a waiting list to get into a life group.

  • Without leaders many people will not experience the blessing of being in a Life Group.

Ron

Our meetings night has become the highpoint of our week!

“About three years ago I was asked to lead a Live Group. I never had done so before and I was naturally concerned that it would fail and I’d look foolish. After deciding to trust God, eleven people signed up. Our meetings night has become the highpoint of our week! We are so grateful for our Life Group as it has led each of us into deep friendships, prayer, Bible study, and social times together.”

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”

– Acts 2:42