Life Group FAQs
Hopefully this page will answer most of your questions. If you have more, email Gwen Mercado, our Life Groups Director.
What is a Life Group?
A life group is 6 to 12 people meeting together regularly to build friendships and grow spiritually. While weekend church services provide a great place to meet people and experience God, they are not the best place to get to know someone or to discuss what you are learning and how it's affecting your life. In a Life Group, you'll be encouraged and have the opportunity to encourage others. You might think of it as "doing life together."
What happens in a Life Group?
Usually, a Life Group meeting will include casual talk and introductions as people arrive and settle in. Then a trained leader will lead the group through the study or discussion that is prepared for the week. Some Miami Vineyard Life Groups discuss in greater detail something presented during our weekend services. You can find out the topic for discussion at any small group through ourLife Groups Search Page. Groups sometimes include a time of worship and usually end with a time of prayer.
Are all Life Groups the same?
Every Life Group has its own personality. Even when the topic of discussion is the same, the feel changes based on the leader and people attending. In addition, some groups are specifically for certain groups, such as singles, married couples, men only, or women only. You can find out those details through our Life Groups Search Page.
How long does a Life Group meeting last?
A typical Life Group will meet from an hour and a half to two hours. Feel free to contact the Life Group leader or host prior to attending to get more details.
Can I just show up?
Yes! Life Group leaders are always ready for new people. However, it's not a bad idea to call or email the leader first, just in case the group is doing something special that week, or to get special instructions on parking, etc. You can get contact info for Life Group leaders from the Life Groups Search Page.
What should I bring?
When visiting a Life Group for the first time, bring a Bible if you have one and maybe a pen or pencil. If the group has specific study materials, they’ll share those with you when you visit.
Can I bring a friend?
Every group has an open chair, so we’d love for you to bring a friend with you. And don’t worry if your friend isn't a church-goer; they’ll be warmly welcomed.
What if I visit a group and don't like it?
Not a problem! It's important for you to feel comfortable with the group. If you don't feel comfortable, don't feel bad about looking for another group. We've got dozens you can try and we understand that a lot of factors—schedules, personalities, study topics—go into finding a group that fits.
How often do Life Groups meet?
Most groups meet weekly or every other week. Check out the Life Groups Search Page for details.
Where do Life Groups meet?
Some groups meet on our campus, some meet in homes throughout the area, and some meet in local restaurants, coffee shops, or other public locations. The Life Groups Search Page will provide you with the city location for the group’s meeting place. When you contact the group’s leader, they will provide you with specific location information and directions.
Do Life Groups offer childcare?
Some Life Groups offer childcare, although it is most often on-campus groups that are "child friendly." When childcare is available, there is usually a small fee that covers the cost of the care. Once you've decided to visit a group, please contact the leader to get details on childcare.