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Jonathan and Amy, who led an Antioch Lifegroup and served as trainers for Lifegroup leaders, felt God was calling them to plant a church in the United States. They eventually developed a team and planted a church that is currently thriving and reaching many college students in a Chicago suburb. Almost the entire original church planting team was made up of people from the section of Lifegroups Jonathan and Amy trained and led.

Brenda said her Liferoup has walked her through some of the most difficult times in her life. Brenda said the members of her Lifegroup are just as much her family as her biological relatives.

Donna said Jay has always been a faithful husband and provider, but since joining Lifegroup he has also become a stronger spiritual leader in their home. Donna testified how blessed she felt when Jay surprised her at a Lifegroup meeting by challenging all the couples to begin praying together and how Jay took on and followed through on the challenge himself. Jay said meeting with the other men and being accountable to them was a major factor in his spiritual growth. Donna said since joining Lifegroup she has committed to pray more and that has made the biggest difference in her life.

Matt first saw Abbey at Lifegroup. Abbey shared a struggle she was having, and Matt remembers thinking that someone from the Lifegroup should come alongside Abbey and be a support to her. Matt said he felt the Lord challenged him to help his fellow Lifegroup member sometimes, and he now helps Abbey full-time as her husband.

All these meaningful relationships have one thing in common – Lifegroup.

Lifegroup is a place where people can experience community and discipleship in a life-changing way. You might not develop a significant relationship with every person you meet at Lifegroup, but every person you meet in Lifegroup has the potential to impact your relationship with God through opportunities for fellowship, service and discipleship.

This is why we want every person in our church to join a Lifegroup. Everyone not in a Lifegroup is invited to Connect, next Thursday, February 4th at 6 p.m. in the Auditorium. At Connect, you will have the opportunity to meet our Lifegroup leaders, get information about numerous Lifegroups and even select one to attend. A light dinner will be served and childcare will also be provided kids, birth through sixth grade. We have an easy registration form to fill out if you plan on attending. All kinds of relationships will be started at Connect, and we hope to see you there!

 

By Vincent Carpenter, Teaching and Administrative Pastor

The Power of Community

Married couples often meet privately with a counselor when working through relationship struggles or just trying to make a good marriage better. However, church survey information suggests another effective option. Antioch conducts a church-wide survey every two years to determine if the members of the congregation understand and live out the values of the church.

The 2014 survey clearly showed that people who attend Lifegroup far more effectively live out the church’s values than people who do not participate in Lifegroup.

Another interesting fact from the survey was that people who attend Lifegroup reported a significantly higher degree of martial satisfaction than people who did not attend Lifegroup.

Jay and Donna, Lifegroup leaders at Antioch, affirm the findings of our survey. The couple recently shared that participation in Lifegroup has strengthened their marriage as well as their individual walk with Jesus. Donna said Jay has always been a faithful husband and provider, but since joining Lifegroup he has also become a stronger spiritual leader in their home. Donna testified how blessed she felt when Jay surprised her at a Lifegroup meeting by challenging all the couples to begin praying together and how Jay took on and followed through on the challenge himself. Jay said meeting with the other men and being accountable to them was a major factor in his spiritual growth. Donna said since joining Lifegroup she has committed to pray more and that has made the biggest difference in her life.

Consistently sharing life issues with similar people creates an environment of growth and development.

This is why we desire every person who attends Antioch to join a Lifegroup. The church wants to make the process of joining a Lifegroup easy, so Thursday, Oct. 1 from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. the church will host an event called Connect. At Connect, our Lifegroup leaders will assemble in the Auditorium so individuals looking for a Lifegroup can meet them and get information about the groups. Dinner and childcare will be provided.

Sign up today!

 

By Vincent Carpenter, Teaching and Administrative Pastor

 

Lifegroup Changed My Life: An Invitation to Connect

Lifegroup changed my life.  It was never one specific meeting – in fact, I’ve long since forgotten most –but somewhere along the way I woke up and realized my life has been forever changed through 13 years of intentional community.

I’ve found it’s the simple things that change the world; it’s the power of the mundane.

The simplicity of accountability, encouragement and Godly friendship is what empowers us to grow in Christ and live out our calling. This is why Hebrews 10:24-25 states, “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,  not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Choosing to meet together consistently isn’t always flashy.  At times, my Lifegroup feels like crowd control with 15 young kids, and honestly, sometimes I’d rather just get some rest.  I’ve experienced disappointment as past groups fell apart, close friends moved away and as I’ve seen friends walk away from the Lord.  But still, when I reflect on my life, it’s been the consistency of “meeting together” that’s transformed me.  I would not be the man I am today without it.  God designed us for relationships and we’ll never reach our fullness in Him without it.

Life is busy.  Relationships are hard.  Nevertheless, you need community if you want to grow deeper in God. I pray you can experience this so  you too can look back and say, “Lifegroup changed my life.” But getting there requires a choice to prioritize meeting together, even in the midst of busy lives.

On October 2nd, we are hosting Connect.  It’s an opportunity to interact with multiple Lifegroups representing different personalities, seasons of life and geographic areas so you can find your right fit. The event includes a free meal and childcare.  If you are not currently in a group, please pray about attending and taking this initial step towards getting connected.

And if you are in a Lifegroup, pray about inviting someone to Connect whose life could be changed by Lifegroup. We’ll see you there!

Register for Connect.

By Drew Steadman, Director of Ministries and U.S. Church Planting

Get Connected

Gary and Sandra, who lead a Lifegroup at Antioch, met Gus and Claire at church. The leaders invited these new acquaintances to their Lifegroup, simply out of a desire to see others experience community as they do. Little did Gary and Sandra know that this new couple would become some of their closest friends.

Jonathan and Amy, who led an Antioch Lifegroup and served as trainers for Lifegroup leaders, felt God was calling them to plant a church in the United States. They eventually developed a team and planted a church that is currently thriving and reaching many college students in a Chicago suburb. Almost the entire original church planting team was made up of people from the section of Lifegroups that Jonathan and Amy trained and led.

Brenda said her Liferoup has walked her through some of the most difficult times in her life. Brenda said the members of her Lifegroup are just as much her family as her biological relatives.

Matt first saw Abbey at Lifegroup. Abbey shared a struggle she was having, and Matt remembers thinking that someone from the Lifegroup should come alongside Abbey and be a support to her. Matt shared that he felt the Lord challenged him to help his fellow Lifegroup member sometimes. Matt now helps Abbey full-time as her husband.

All these meaningful relationships have one thing in common – Lifegroup.

Lifegroup is a place where people can experience community and discipleship in a life-changing way. You might not develop a significant relationship with every person you meet at Lifegroup, but every person you met in Lifegroup has the potential to impact your relationship with God through opportunities for fellowship, service and discipleship.

This is why we want every person in our church to join a Lifegroup. Everyone not in a Lifegroup is invited to Connect, this Thursday, August 29th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the church auditorium. Everyone in attendance will have the opportunity to meet Lifegroup leaders, get information about numerous Lifegroup and even select one to attend. A light dinner will be served and childcare will also be provided kids, birth through sixth grade. We have an easy registration form to fill out if plan on attending. At Connect we will also be starting new Lifegroups, so if you have some experience with small groups, please complete the application and a Lifegroup pastor will contact you to begin this process. All kinds of relationships will be started at Connect. We hope to see you there.