DBC Life Groups are how we care for each other.
At its core, DBC Life Groups are less about what you do and more about who you do it with. We all need each other and that’s why we have life groups. These groups meet at flexible times that fit your schedule—usually in homes—and are a great way to form closer friendships with a smaller number of people (8-12) who are in a similar life stage and share common spiritual interests. They could even be a subset of our midsize Sunday morning Bible study classes. Life groups also provide an opportunity for those who serve during the Sunday 9:45 am Bible study hour to connect with a group.
We are forming new life groups now for the Winter/Spring 2021 Semester: January 10 - May 2!
The new life groups that form during this Covid season will meet only for this semester, with the option to continue if they wish.
We can’t form new life groups without hosts.
You don’t need to have it all together to lead a DBC Life Group—you just have to be willing to let God use you. To host a group, you simply select a time and location to meet. If desired, you can utilize videos and study guides provided through our free RightNow Media subscription. We also have a wide variety of curriculum available in the DBC Library on the upper level of the Chapel building. Our experience tells us that community will naturally emerge when people gather around a topic/curriculum.
Whether you’re meeting online or 6 feet apart, life groups are how we care for each other. While some of us are comfortable meeting in someone's home, we understand that is not the case for everyone right now. We still want everyone to have the opportunity to belong to a group, so we will be creating groups that will meet in a variety of ways—large inside spaces, open-air garage-type spaces, virtually, etc.
- Large classroom space is available at DBC Sunday through Thursday nights for your socially distanced life group needs. Reservations are required.
- Meeting virtually? DBC will pay the monthly $15 Zoom fee for your life group.
- Child care reimbursement is available. View the form here.
How often does a life group meet?
Currently, we are forming new life groups for the Winter/Spring 2021 Semester only. We are testing the idea of a three-semester-a-year schedule to launch new groups—winter/spring, summer and fall. We will collect feedback as we progress.
During the semester some groups will meet weekly, though most groups will meet twice a month. Life groups are meant to bring meaning and community into the flow of your life, so even if you can’t attend every meeting, there is still great value in joining a group.
What if I don’t like the first group I try?
The semester format that we are testing allows you to try multiple groups each year. The truth is, not everyone will find the best fit with the first group they try. The simple strategy to finding success in life groups is to keep trying. Please register for a new group again next semester. We believe there is a group that is right for everyone—including you!
How long does a typical life group stay together?
The life groups that we are currently forming will meet for only one semester. We want to respond to the Covid isolation issues that concern us all and allow new people to easily join groups. As relationships form, some groups may choose to stay together for consecutive semesters. Current life groups who plan to continue meeting do not need to fill out the response form.
Is childcare available?
Childcare varies from group to group. Often families pool their resources and provide babysitters in the home. Additionally, DBC offers childcare reimbursement to cover costs if needed. View the form here.
Other questions? Email Barb Newman.