LIFE GROUPS are a great way to get connected at ERBC!
These small groups of 8-12 people meet together weekly, at ERBC and around our community, to spend time discussing interesting and important questions related to the weekly sermon, while also building friendships, praying for one another, serving together, and simply having fun!
Each life group meets once a week, for 1.5 hours. Different LIFE GROUPS meet on different days and in different locations, making it easier for you to find a group that fits into your life.
2019 Fall Life Group signups begin in August!
A list of available groups and times will be listed online at that time. With questions call the church office at (323) 255-4611.
Life Group Frequently Asked Questions
These small groups of 8-12 people meet together weekly, at ERBC and around our community, to spend time discussing interesting and important questions related to the weekly sermon. Life Groups also provide opportunity to build friendships, pray for one another, serve together, and simply have fun! Each group meets once a week for 1½ hours, and for 10-week sessions.
Here at ERBC, Life Groups are the hub of our ministry. They’re the place where the real ministry of the church takes place as we study God’s Word, while supporting and sharing our lives with one another. Life Groups are a great place for:
CONNECTING WITH OTHERS
Your group will be a great way to meet new people and build healthy relationships.
Through your group you can experience spiritual, emotional, professional and intellectual growth.
Your group will be a rewarding place to discover your specific gifts and to use them in serving others through an outreach project.
With a busy schedule, it can be hard to find time to just have fun. Your group will have this opportunity by doing a fun social event together.
Life Groups meet on various nights of the week, some at homes, and some at the ERBC Campus.
Each Life Group session/semester lasts about 10 weeks, give or take a week. We have Fall, Winter & Spring sessions. At the end of each session, you will have the choice of staying in the same group, trying a new group or even taking a break. Most groups stay together throughout the entire year. Life Groups do not meet during July-August and December.
Joining a Life Group requires a 10-week commitment to attend weekly meetings and review the discussion questions ahead of time. Obviously, allowances are made for sickness, vacation, work conflicts, and other special events, but not much more. This commitment is the key to a strong Life Group. You have the first three weeks to attend the group to make sure it’s a good fit for you.
We have child care available at the church on Wednesdays (6:30-9:00 PM) and Saturdays (10-11:30 AM)
For most other groups, we leave it up to each family to work out their own child care. Sometimes it works best for families to share a sitter or to swap child care with another family whose Life Group meets on a different evening. A few of our groups are ‘children welcome’ groups in which both parents and kids are invited to attend.
Most of the studies are based on the previous weekend’s message. These “sermon-based” Life Groups are built on what we call a “Lecture-Lab” model. Imagine the weekend message as a lecture on Christian living and the Life Group as a lab where you get to roll up your sleeves and discuss how the weekend’s message works in real life. Each week there will be a series of Bible passages and questions on the back of the sermon note sheet to study before the meeting. It will usually take 20 to 40 minutes per week to complete the discussion questions ahead of time.
Few things in life are free and Life Groups are no exception! The cost of Life Groups is the cost of commitment. During the first meeting, each group will complete a “covenant agreement” together. This simple form helps each group discuss their priorities and commitment. Part of that commitment is the promise to attend each week prepared to engage, as well as to attend the social activity and do one service project for the semester. You have the first three weeks to decide if your group is a good fit for you. So, when you join a Life Group, you’re promising to attend and be prepared each week. It’s this commitment that makes Life Groups work. We realize it’s a big commitment, but it only lasts about 10 weeks. At the end of each semester, you have the choice of recommitting for another, trying a new group, or taking a break from Life Groups altogether.
Joining a Life Group is as easy as 1-2-3:
1. Choose a group from the list of Life Groups provided on our web site.
2. You can register for the group you’ve chosen either by filling out the online form or signing up in person at our weekend services using your connection card. During our sign-up weekends, we have Life Group leaders at the sign-up tables following the worship services to help you choose a group and answer any questions you might have.
3. After your leader contacts you, just come to the weekly meetings.
Yes, our NextGen Ministries offer small groups for middle and high school students. These are different than our sermon-based Life Groups, in that they are instead topical based. For more information about junior high or high school groups, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes! ERBC has many groups built around recovery, ministries, and life stages, and more! If you are interested in joining a group, but are not sure what group is best for you, please contact Andrew Krayer-White for guidance in group placement.
If you have questions that are not answered on this page, please don’t hesitate to call the church (323) 255-4611, and we will gladly assist you. Keep in mind that it might take two or three groups before you find the perfect fit, but don’t worry, you’ll find it!