Followers of Jesus are called by God to be in community and fellowship with other believers to encourage, support, and challenge one another. Please join us as we explore this type of community by signing up for a 10-week home group.
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Frequently Asked Home Group Questions
Why Home Groups?
We believe a home group ministry is vital to build a community of fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Believers are called by God to be in community and fellowship with other believers to encourage, support, and challenge one another toward spiritual maturity. Sermon-based Home Groups are the primary vehicle for discipleship at ZPC, with an emphasis on leadership development.
What is Sermon-based Home Group
A home group is made up of 8-12 people who meet weekly in homes to study, share, and support one another in their Christian lives. The studies are based on the previous weekend’s sermon text. Each group is led by a trained facilitator. A typical meeting lasts an hour and a half to two hours including light refreshments, discussion, and prayer. No homework is required. Groups can choose to be open to new people, or can remain a closed group once they are filled.
Why Use Sermon-based Model?
This model enhances the effectiveness of the large group worship experience by building a discussion around application of the weekly message. Imagine this as a “lecture-lab” style that encourages people to personalize their insights, get feedback from group members, and discover how Scripture works out in real life. By making the sermon text the core content for spiritual growth, the discipleship of individuals is unified under a single theme, relationships become much more significant, and the group accountability promotes personal application.
How Long Does a Group Last?
Each small group session lasts 10 weeks. Each year will have three sessions with a brief hiatus between sessions. At the end of each session participants may choose to stay in the same group, try a new group, or even take a break. Many groups may stay together and meet informally through the summer.
What Is the Required Commitment?
Joining a small group requires a 10-week commitment to attend the weekly meetings. This commitment is the key to strong relationships and healthy groups.
What About Childcare?
Because we don’t want childcare (or lack of) to be a barrier to individuals joining a home group, ZPC provides several options for those who need childcare during home group meetings. The first option is that ZPC will reimburse individuals for the cost of childcare during home group meetings. By this, we mean when groups come together and a sitter is hired to watch all of the children in that group for the meeting time, ZPC will absorb the cost of hiring a sitter for that time.
When and Where Do These Groups Meet?
Home Groups meet on various days and nights of the week in homes (preferably) throughout the community. Some groups choose to rotate homes between members. If homes are not available a room on the church campus may be requested.
How Do I Sign Up
Sign-ups occur twice-a-year in September and January. Individuals may sign up through the church office or request information online. Those who are new to the church may sign up and join designated groups that have openings without waiting for the start of a new session. Groups may form around many categories such as special interests, common life situations, time or day of meetings, or geography. Individuals self-select according to their preference.
How Can I Become a Group Leader or Host a Group at My Home?
Leadership is a both a calling and a process. A person may be invited into leadership through a leader’s recommendation or a personal sense of call. In order to begin the process you must be participating in a Sermon-based Home Group, be a member of ZPC, and have a conversation with the ministry leadership.
Home Group Documents
Home Group Study Guides
Week 9 | June 11, 2017 | True North | Joy | John 15:1-12
Week 8 | June 4, 2017 | True North | Love | 1 John 4:4-21
Week 7 | May 28, 2017 | True North | Peace | John 14:15-27
Week 6 | May 21, 2017 | True North | Compassion | James 1:17-27
Week 5 | May 14, 2017 | True North | Patience | Ephesians 4:1-6
Week 4 | May 7, 2017 | True North | Gentleness | Matthew 11:28-30; Philippians 4:2-9
Week 3 | April 30, 2017 | True North | Self-Control | 2 Peter 1:1-8
Week 2 | April 23, 2017 | True North | Faithfulness | Proverbs 3:1-6 & Psalm 129
Week 1 | April 16, 2017 | True North | Hope | Matthew 28:1-20
Week 9 [March 19, 2017] | True North | Sharing Your Faith | Colossians 4:2-6
Week 8 [March 12, 2017] | True North | Spiritual Gifts | Romans 12:3-8
Week 7 [March 5, 2017] | True North | Living Generously | 2 Corinthians 8:1-12; 9:1-8, 12-15
Week 6 [February 26, 2017] | True North | Single-mindedness| Matt 6:19-34; Jer 29:10-14
Week 5 [February 19, 2017] | True North | Prayer | Acts 10:1-23; 44-48
Week 4 | [February 12, 2017] | True North | Bible Study | Matthew 4:1-11
Week 3 | [February 5, 2017] | True North | Total Surrender | Romans 12:1-21
Week 2 | [Jan 29, 2017] | True North | Offering my time | Colossians 3:12-17
Week 1 | [Jan 22, 2017] | True North | Worship | Acts 16:11-34
Week 10 | [November 13, 2016] | True North | Eternity | Revelation 21
Week 9 | [November 6, 2016] | True North | Stewardship | Mark 12:38-44
Week 8 | [October 30, 2016] | True North | The Church | Acts 1:6-9; 2:37-47
Week 7 | [October 23, 2016| | True North | The Bible | Deuteronomy 6:1-9; Mark 12:28-34
Week 6 | [October 16, 2016] True North | Sacraments | 1 Corinthians 11:17-26; 12:12-13
Week 5 [October 9, 2016] | True North | Identity in Christ | Genesis 12:1-8; Matthew 11:25-30
Week 4 [October 2, 2016] | True North | Salvation | Luke 8:43-48; Ephesians 2:1-10
Week 3 [September 18, 2016] | True North | Humanity | Genesis 3
Week 2 [September 18, 2016] | True North | God (Part 2) | Psalm 23; Matthew 1:18-25
Week 1 [September 11, 2016] | True North | God (Part 1) | Genesis 1:1-2:4a
Week 9 [June 5, 2016] | Joseph | Genesis 37:12-36
Week 8 [May 29, 2016] | Joseph | Genesis 37:1-11
Week 7 [May 22, 2016] | Hoosier Neighbor? | Romans 12:9-21
Week 6 [May 15, 2016] | Hoosier Neighbor? | Acts 2:1-15; 22-24; 36-41
Week 5 [May 8, 2016] | Hoosier Neighbor? | Genesis 18:1-15
Week 4 [May 1, 2016] | Hoosier Neighbor? | 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Week 3 [April 24, 2016] | Hoosier Neighbor? | Luke 10:38-42
Week 2 [April 17, 2016] | Hoosier Neighbor? | 1 Peter 3:13-16
Week 1 [April 10, 2016] | Hoosier Neighbor? | Luke 10:1-11
Week March 20, 2016 | Palm Sunday | Matthew 21:1-11
Week of March 13, 2016 | Sermon on the Mount | Matthew 7:15-29
Week of March 6, 2016 | Sermon on the Mount | Matthew 7:1-14
Week of February 28, 2016 | Sermon on the Mount | Matthew 25-34
Week of February 21, 2016 | Sermon on the Mount | Matthew 19-24
Week of February 14, 2016 | Sermon on the Mount | Matthew 6:1-18
Week of February 7, 2016 | Sermon on the Mount | Matthew 5:38-48
Week of January 31, 2016 | Sermon on the Mount | Matthew 5:31-37
Week of January 24, 2016 | Sermon on the Mount | Matthew 5:21-30
Week of January 17, 2016 | Salt and Light | Matthew 5:13-20
Week of September 13, 2015 | Parables of the Lost Sheep & Lost Coin | Luke 15:1-10
Week of September 20, 2015 | Parable of Sheep & Goats | Matthew 25:31-46
Week of September 27, 2015 | Parable of the 10 Virgins | Matthew 25:1-13
Week of October 4, 2015 | Parable of the Good Samaritan | Luke 10:25-34
Week of October 11, 2015 | Parable of the Wicked Tenants | Luke 20:9-19
Week of October 18, 2015 | Parable of the Shrewd Manager | Luke 16:1-13
Week of October 25, 2015 | Parable of the Unforgiving Servant | Matthew 18:21-35
Week of November 1, 2015 | Parable of the Money Lenders & Two Debtors | Luke 7: 36-50
Week of November 8, 2015 | Parable of the Rich Fool | Luke 12:13-34
Week of November 15, 2015 | Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard | Matthew 20:1-16
Week of May 24 | Ephesians 24 | Ephesians 4 the Church | Ephesians 4:17-24
Week of May 17 | Ephesians 4 the Church | Ephesians 4:11-16
Week of May 10 | Ephesians 4 the Church | Ephesians 4:1-10
Week of May 3 | Roots Recap
Week of April 26 | A New Way to See | Acts 9:1-19
Week of April 19 | God Sends Help | Acts 2:1-13
Week of April 12 | Going Home | Luke 24:36-53
Week of March 22, 2015 | A Dark Night in the Garden | Mark 14:27-42
Week of March 15, 2015 | The Servant King | Mark 14:12-26
Week of March 8, 2015 | Washed with Tears | John 12:1-8
Week of March 1, 2015 | Running Away | Luke 1-3; 11-32
Week of February 22, 2015 | The Man who Didn't Have Any Friends | Luke 19:1-10
Week of February 15, 2015 | Filled full! | Matthew 14:13-21
Week of February 8, 2015 | The Captain of the Storm | Mark 4:35-41
Week of February 1, 2015 | The Singer | Matthew 6:19-34
Week of January 25, 2015 | How to Pray | Matthew 6:5-13
Week of January 18, 2015 | Let's Go! | Mark 1:14-20