Discipleship is an intentional time devoted to spiritual growth.
At Bethany we have a couple of different ways you can be involved in Discipleship; Adult Bible Fellowship, Life Groups, Journey Groups & Marriage Mentors.
Journey Groups are gender-specific groups of 3-4 people who meet for a dedicated time of Bible study, character formation and accountability. Ask about our Journey Groups.
Marriage Mentors pair up experienced couples with younger couples for mentoring. Learn more about Marriage Mentors.
How Do I Know if an Adult Bible Fellowship (ABF), Life Group, Journey Group or Marriage Mentor is right for me in this season?
First off, we know and see God using all three of these options to help people grow in Christ at Bethany. Thus, you have some great options to prayerfully consider. Here are some helpful descriptors to better understand the differences between the three options.
|Adult Bible Fellowship||Life Group||Journey Group|
|Size||10-30 people||8-16 people||4-6 people|
|Group Makeup||Co-ed & gender-specific options||Co-ed||Gender Specific|
|Meeting Frequency||Weekly||Two times a month||Weekly & monthly one-on-ones|
|Meeting Duration||Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer Semesters||September – May||September – May (some meet longer)|
|Missional-Living||Encouraged||Opportunity||Equipped & Experienced|
|When Can I Join?||Anytime||Anytime||Fall & sometimes Winter|
|How do I Join?||Show up||Sign up||Conversational Process|
|Homework||Rarely||Depends on group||1-2 hours per week|
|Teaching/Learning Styles (Elements of Meeting Times)||Lecture, Discussion, Prayer||Discussion, Interaction, Fellowship/Care, Prayer||Truth (Study)|
|Interaction & Transparency||Casual (Low)||Personal (Moderate)||Accountability (High)|
|Key Focuses||Scriptural Knowledge, Application & Spiritual Growth||Community, Care & Spiritual Growth||Gospel-Centered Transformation (Discipleship) & Leadership Development|
|Commitments||Possible fellowship gatherings and care within group (Minimal)||Seasonal fellowship gatherings, regular care opportunities inside and some outside the group (Regular)||Life on Life relationships include regular One-on-One meetings, care and support for group, social gatherings and service opportunities (High)|