The Journey Group registration form is located at the bottom of the page.
2017 Journey Groups Schedule
Session 1 (Winter)
Registration (Atrium): 12/4, 12/11, 12/18
Begin Week of 1/2/17
End Week of 3/6/17
Session 2 (Spring)
Registration (Atrium): 3/5, 3/12, 3/19
Begin Week of 3/20/17
End Week of 5/22/17
Off for Summer
Session 3 (Fall)
Registration (Atrium): 8/27, 9/3, 9/10
Begin Week of 9/11/17
End Week of 11/13/17
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Journey Group?
A Journey Group is a home fellowship made up of 10-14 people who meet weekly to share, study and support one another. A trained leader, assisted by a host couple, guides each group. An average meeting lasts for two hours.
How Important Are Journey Groups?
Here at Cornerstone Baptist Church, Journey Groups are the hub of our ministry. They are the place where the real ministry of the church happens as we study God’s Word while supporting and sharing our lives with one another. We believe that meeting together on a regular basis is time well spent. Our goal each year is to have at least 80% of our adults involved every session.
When and Where Do They Meet?
Journey Groups meet on various nights of the week in homes throughout Florence, Darlington, and the surrounding areas. Most evening groups meet 7-9 pm.
How Long Do They Last?
Each Journey Group session lasts 10 weeks. We will have a Fall, Winter & Spring session. At the end of each session, we will have a Celebration Service to worship together, share together, and celebrate what God has done in our Journey Groups. After the 10-week session, you will have the choice of staying in the same group or trying a new group. Most groups stay together throughout the entire year. Journey Groups do not meet mid-June through August or from Thanksgiving through the end of the year.
What is the Required Commitment?
Joining a Journey Group requires a 10-week commitment to attend weekly meetings and do the homework ahead of time. Obviously, allowances are made for sickness, vacation, work conflicts and other special events, but not much more. This commitment is the key to a strong Journey Group.
What Will We Study?
The studies are based on the previous Sunday’s message. These “sermon-based” Journey Groups are built on what we call a “discussion” model. Imagine the Sunday message as a discussion on Christian living, and the Journey Group as a lab where you get to roll up your sleeves and discuss how the Sunday message works in real life. Each week there will be a series of Bible passages and questions on the back of the sermon note sheet to study before the meeting. It will usually take 20 to 40 minutes per week to complete the homework.
What Does It Cost?
Few things in life are free and Journey Groups are no exception! The cost of Journey Groups is the cost of commitment. During the first meeting, each group will complete a “covenant” together. This simple form helps each group discuss their priorities and commitment. Part of that commitment is the promise to attend each week and to complete the homework as well as to attend the “once a session” social and do one service project for the year.
When you join a Journey Group, you’re promising to attend and be prepared each week. It’s this commitment that makes Journey Groups work. We realize it’s a big commitment, but it only lasts for 10 weeks. At the end of each session, you have the choice of recommitting for another session or trying a new group.
What About Childcare?
Journey Groups are for adults only. (Exceptions can be made for nursing newborns, up to six months.) We leave it up to each group to work out their own childcare. Sometimes it works best for families to share a sitter, secure individual sitters, or swap childcare with another family whose Journey Group meets on a different evening.
1. Research demonstrates that small groups function best when adults are not distracted by children or pets during the meeting.
2. Our preference for our small groups is that groups work together to find off-site childcare solutions.
3. However, since folks have children with different ages, we are agreeable to each group finding a childcare solution that works for them, which may include the following:
a. Off-site childcare
b. In-home childcare
4. We are asking our groups to attempt to provide off-site childcare for the first 10-week session, if possible.
5. We are asking each group to assess the success of on-site childcare, if that approach is utilized. If it proves to be too great a distraction, we would ask our groups to consider the off-site option.
How Do I Choose A Group?
When selecting a group, we strongly recommend you choose a group based on its leader-host team and situation-in-life, rather than its location. Through much research, we’ve found that groups do best when members share a common situation-in-life and other interests with their leaders, hosts, and other group members. In the end, you’ll find it’s worth the drive!
If you have any questions (especially if you are new to Cornerstone Baptist Church), please don’t hesitate to call the church, and we will gladly assist you.
How Do I Sign Up For A Journey Group?
Before each Journey Group session begins there are two ways to sign up for a group – at our Sunday services, or by calling the church office during the week before each of our Journey Group Sessions. During the Sunday services, Journey Group staff members and pastors are available at the sign-up tables to help you choose a group and answer any questions. Booklets are available at the tables with general information about each affinity group. There are three sign-up weekends before the beginning of our Fall Quarter in September, our Winter Session in January, and our Spring Session in March. You can also fill out the form below and one of our staff will be in contact with you about available groups.