FAQ: Life Group
Why do we need Life Groups at AIM?
Christian fellowship is an important way we receive God’s grace within the church. Thechurch in the book of Acts “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42).
In the book of Hebrews, the author exhorted his audience, “Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:24 – 25).
When believers fellowship, friendship and affection for one another grows, and Jesus’ command to “love one another” (John 15:12) is fulfilled.
As we meet together in small groups (Life Groups), we will be able to care for one another and bear one another’s burdens, tofulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).
AIM Life Groups are a way for our members to experience God’s grace as we talk together, have time toserve, and enjoy one another’s fellowship. “And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts,praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:46 – 47).
What are the qualifications for a Life Group host?
A Life Group host must be a member of AIM in good standing. They must be willing to open their homes to their group on a weekly basis.Hosts will commit to attend a weekly meetingafter each Sunday service. In case of a shutdown, the hosts will commit to participate in weekly Zoom meeting.
The rest of the qualifications and host application can be found on the AIM website here: www.aimbusan.org
Does a Host and the Life Group Host have to be the same person?
This is a very important question. It is our intention to have the Life Group host be the same person/couple to host and facilitate the meeting. The meetings will be conducted in the hosts home.
What is the expectation for the Life Group Hosts after the Sunday service?
The purpose of this weekly meeting is to provide care, leadership, training, and connection with our Life Group Hosts. It expected that all Life Group Hosts commit to participating in this weekly meeting.
Does a life group have to meet at the same place every week, or can the group members agree on rotating?
The Life Groups are to meet in the hosts' home. However, we are aware that there may be occasions when temporary exceptions are needed.
When will Life Groups meet?
We want our Life Groups to meet on days other than Sunday. Why not Sundays? Our hope and prayer is that as we get past the COVID crisis we will use the Sunday-after-church time slot for discipleship classes, such as; Basic Christianity, Marriage, Parenting, etc.
What material will the Life Groups to facilitate the discussions?
The purpose of Life Groups is to experience genuine biblical fellowship (see Q and A#1). The group may decide to discuss the Sunday sermon or the “Daily Bible” GQS small group questions. Always with the goal of sharing our lives, our experiences with God, our needs, and prayer requests.
Will there be safety rules for meetingssuch as the number of participants, restrictions on eating/drinking and wearing masks, or will these be up to the host’s/leader’s discretion?
The number of group members will be limited. At this time, there can be no more than 10 including the host. It is our desire that two spots(included in the 10) in the group be reserved for people who AIM members are reaching out to. When the group reaches the maximum number, it will be either closed to any new members or,through the pastors leadership, growthe group in two groups.
Sharing meals can be a significant means of experiencing genuine fellowship. However, during the COVID19 crisis, the decision to share meals will be left up to the host and the group.
In keeping with Sooyoungro’s policy, there can be no alcohol allowed during Life Group meetings.
All group members should follow the Korea Centers for Disease Control guidelines for mask wearing and physical distancing.
What are the main goals and hopes for the Life Groups?
Our goals (see Q and A #1) are to experience authentic, biblical fellowship with one another. There are around 30 “one another” commands in the New Testament and only a few of them can be accomplished on a Sunday. Our desire is to create a context for AIM members to obey those commands. Fellowship, encouragement, and engagement with God’s Word, are crucial to the success of our Life Groups.
Life Groupswill be organized organically:What does that mean?
When we use the word “organic,” we are primarily referring to the way relationships are formed. People are naturally drawn to one another. However, we also mean that, by God’s design, we eachlive in a particular area of the city. “Organic” also means, gathering with AIM members who live near you. Underneath all of this is the realization that our ability to meet physically may suddenly and significantly be restricted due to either COVID19 or some other catastrophe that limits us from meetingtogether. Meeting in homes is our best way to continue to obey God’s word to fellowship with one another.
Even organic things need structure. Our goal is to create a process and means for those with the desire/calling to become Life Group Hosts be able to pursue the opportunity to serve.