Why LifeChange Groups?
At Sioux Falls First, we believe that we were all created to be in RELATIONSHIP with people who genuinely care about you. LifeChange Groups are a place where you can CONNECT relationally, GROW spiritually, and SERVE together passionately. Jesus modeled this in his life with the 12 men who followed him, called his disciples.
LifeChange Groups are the primary vehicle for leading life change at Sioux Falls First. We believe that as we grow larger, we have to grow smaller. We gather together in life groups with our friends and neighbors in our homes where we do life together and experience the gospel in ways we can't on our own. LifeChange Groups are a place where we can talk through application of Sunday messages, study the Bible, love one another, serve our community and participate in the mission of Sioux Falls First. We are a people doing life together.
We want to see 80% or more of our church attendees plugged into LifeChange Groups. LC group gatherings meet regularly outside of the church. We want to position ourselves to reach people in our neighborhoods who may not attend church but are open to come to your LifeChange Group. It is our prayer at Sioux Falls First that people will experience life change, accountability and family in your LC group.
What is a LifeChange Group?
A LifeChange group, or LC Group, is a group of 8-12 people who do life together around Jesus. In a LC Group, expect to hear truth, feel love and support without judgement and be challenged to take the next step in your walk with the Lord.
So, we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel but our lives as well.
1 Thessalonians 2:8
The DNA of Sioux Falls First is seen in our LifeChange Groups. You can expect to CONNECT, GROW and SERVE with people you are doing life with in your LC Group.
CONNECT relationally - Relationships are the transportation system of the gospel. We were not made to do life alone. God created us for community. In a LC Group you will have the opportunity to build trust and open up with a group of people who care about you.
GROW spiritually - We understand that being a Christian is not a sprint but a marathon. God doesn't want us to finish where we started. In a LC Group, you can expect to be held accountable and challenged to apply the truths from God's Word to your every day walk.
SERVE passionately - Serving other and one another is the heart of our Father. We want to model the heart of God in our groups by serving others. Whether it's serving together on our Dream Team or serving alongside one another in the community, we know that the character of God is seen and felt through our hands and feet.
Leading a LifeChange Group
One of the core values of Sioux Falls First is equipping and empowering leaders. LC Group leaders come from all different backgrounds, walks of life and experiences. We empower and equip leaders by providing leadership training, resources to help lead a LC group as well as LC coaches who will help mentor and guide LC group leaders.
If you feel led to become a LifeChange Group leader the next step would be to fill out our LC Group Leader application below.
If you have questions about LC Groups, becoming a leader or would like additional information, please fill out the form below.
LifeChange Group Resources
We have four options for study tracks for LifeChange groups:
1 - Message Questions and Notes
Each week LifeChange Group leaders will be provided with questions and notes pertaining to the previous Sunday's message. These questions and notes will help us dig deeper into God's Word and challenge us to provide what was communicated that Sunday. This is the preferred study track in LC groups. Even though a group may be going through a topical study, we require leaders to spend at least 10 minutes discussing the questions and notes. Our heart is to create synergy and unity among our LC groups.
2 - RightNow Media
RightNow Media is an online resource that is free for all Sioux Falls First attendees. RightNow Media's goal is to encourage millions of Christians to be on mission, wherever God has them. RightNow Media has thousands of different study plans and podcasts that cover a wide range of age groups and topics.
3 - Topical Study
We have a couple of topical studies chosen by Sioux Falls First Staff that would be beneficial. Click below for a list of authors and studies.
4 - Study of Choice
We understand there are many amazing resources that men and women of God have published. If there is a study that you have prayed about and feel the Lord wants you to lead a group of people through, please email the name of the study and why you feel the Lord wants you to used it to Pastor Pete Eekhoff (firstname.lastname@example.org) at least one month prior to the start of the Life Group sessions. All books and studies will be reviewed by Sioux Falls First staff to ensure the study lines up with the values and beliefs at Sioux Falls First.