Meetups are groups of 2 or 3 people who want Jesus to transform their lives from the inside out. Meetups meet weekly for an hour of mutual encouragement and spiritual growth.
+ WHY IT WORKS
It’s authentic (Ephesians 4:15). Lasting life change happens when we can be truly honest with one another.
It’s helpful (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12). It helps us live the way Jesus wants us to live.
It’s confidential (James 5:16). It is easier to be honest about our fears and failures when we share in smaller groups.
It’s flexible (Matthew 18:20). Meetups can meet anywhere and anytime. And Jesus is always present!
It’s missional (Matthew 28:18-20). Meetups are great to do with friends that are curious to learn more about Jesus.
It’s easy to multiply (2 Timothy 2:2). As soon as each person invites one friend to join their group, two new meetups can start.
+ HOW IT WORKS
God designed each of us for relationships. Invite one or two people that you would like intentionally invest in relationship with to join your Meetup. We recommend making a commitment to meet with the same group of friends for at least a quarter (three months), or until you multiply.
When we read and reflect on the Bible together, we receive God’s guidance and power to live and love God’s way. Choose a book of the Bible together to start with. Decide as a group each week how many chapters you want to read for that week (we recommend making it a goal to read 1-2 chapters a day).
On your own during the week, read and meditate on the chapters your group has committed to. As you read, ask yourself: What did I learn about God, people or myself? What questions or concerns do I have? What might God be inviting me to do?
We experience God’s love and truth deeply when we are in honest and supportive relationships. Meet together once a week using the “Meetup Questions” below to help each other reflect on the past week. Share honestly and listen for God’s voice and guidance together.
End your time together praying for each other and the things that were shared during your Meetup. Take time to pray for people you know who need Jesus, including people you would like to eventually invite to join a Meetup.
Once you complete a book of the Bible, repeat steps 2-6 with the same group, or start a new Meetup with a new set of friends that God has been putting on your heart to meet with.
+ MEETUP QUESTIONS
Use the following questions to guide your weekly meetup time. We recommend downloading the Common Good app so you can easily access these questions on your mobile device.
1. In what ways have you been an example of the love, character and purposes of Jesus this week? Consider both your words and actions, no matter how big or small.
2. How have you noticed or experienced God in your life this week? Were there any answered prayers?
3. What struggles/regrets do you have to share or what failures might you need to confess? What have you said, done or neglected that might dishonor God, others or even yourself?
4. What promptings have you felt or heard from God this week? How have you responded or how would you want to respond?
5. What Bible passage did you read this week and what were your key takeaways? What verses stood out? What thoughts or questions do you have? What do you feel like God is saying to you based upon your reading and what are you going to do about it in response?
6. Pray for each other and the specific things that were shared in your meetup. Pray for people you know who need Jesus, including specific people you would like to invite to join your meetup.
What if I need help starting a Meetup? If you need help starting a meetup, fill out the form below and we’ll get you connected with others that are looking to join a Meetup too!
Do Meetups need a designated leader? Meetups are intended for mutual encouragement and accountability and do not require a “leader.”
How long should I stay in the same Meetup? That’s really up to you, but be intentional. To build any sort of depth, we recommend staying with the same group of friends for at least a couple of months and then reevaluate. Again, one of the goals of Meetups are multiplication so that others in your circle of influence can also experience the same transformation that you are, so we don’t recommend staying in the same group forever (Forever, forever, ever, forever, ever).
Are Meetups just for Christians? No! Meetups are great to do with anyone, no matter where they might be on their faith journey. In fact, this is a great platform for someone that might not even be a believer yet, but is curious and has lots of questions about Jesus.
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Need help starting a Meetup? Fill out the form below and we’ll get you connected with others that are looking to join a Meetup too!