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Life Groups

For the fifth year, students at Southern will not only join others in a small group to pray and study the Bible together, but will get Residence Hall worship attendance credits for doing so. The Campus Ministries LifeGroup initiative provides the resources to facilitate dynamic discipleship. seventy LifeGroups are in full operation this semester at Southern.

Events: Membership recruitment on campus is called GroupLink and it will take place again Friday night, January 10, 2014 after Vespers in Iles Gymnasium. An Orientation for Southern's student leaders, assistant leaders and hosts for LifeGroups will be featured January 11 at 1 p.m. in the Presidential Banquet Room of the Cafeteria. Pastor Dave Kennedy, speaker for Vespers January 10, will facilitate in the Orientation Sabbath afternoon. If you would still like to lead or join a LifeGroup call 423-236-2787 or email to register.

Get Involved: Decide to lead, assist, or join a small group Bible or prayer group to maximize your spiritual development. For more information, send a message.


Learn From Coaches: Twenty students are available to show you how to lead a LifeGroup. To discover more about LifeGroup leadership and coaching, call 423.236.2787 or use email.

Andres Palacios, Student Director

LifeGroups Director /

Associate Chaplain

Keren Pagan, Student Director


"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching." - Hebrews 10:24-25, NIV


Frequently asked questions LifeGroup Response
"Is there still time to join a group?" Most groups begin by the third week of the semester. Call the Campus Ministries office at extension 2787 or use email.
"What are the advantages to organizing the Bible study and prayer group that I already have into a LifeGroup?"

 Groups that register as LifeGroups get the advantage of:

(1) Regular training of their leaders. This means that discussions will be enriched.

(2) Access to the LifeGroup Resource Library in Campus Ministries. This means that the group's content will include some of the newest materials available for small group ministry.

(3) Worship Attendance Credits for those who live in the Residence Hallls at Southern. This means that you will reach both your spiritual goals and Student Services totals sooner.

"Can I be a member of more than one LifeGroup?" For the optimum small group experience, it is best to be a member of only one group at a time. As each group matures, the personality of a group yields a high return. The shared experiences for bonds of safety and comfort increase with each meeting. The current structure for LifeGroups provides worship attendance credits for Residence Hall students for your first group. No credits are provided for additional groups.
"I thought I signed up to be in a LifeGroup at Southern's Organizational Showcase or the Ministry Expo, but I haven't heard from anyone yet? What should I do?" If you have not heard from one of the LifeGroup Leaders or Coaches by the third week of school, an error as occurred. Please call the Campus Ministries Office at extension 2787 right away. You may also use email.
"I'd would like to be a Leader, or Assistant Leader of a LifeGroup. What should I do?" In order to meet the requirements, LifeGroup Leaders attend training events. The best way to prepare to be a Leader is to learn from those who have led groups before. Leaders of LifeGroups should be able to have at least four free hours per week. There should be at least one hour of preparation per LifeGroup session, one to meet with an assistant leader, one to meet with their Campus Ministries Coach, and one for the LifeGroup session. Call the Campus Ministries office at extension 2787 to get on the list to be a LifeGroup in the Fall semester.
 "What happens in a LifeGroup?" A LifeGroup at Southern is a group of no more than twelve students who get together on a weekly basis to connect with one another and with God. The usual format lasts little more than an hour. A group will spend about 10-15 minutes in a welcome activity, 20-25 minutes in Bible Study and 20-25 minutes or application exercises and prayer. This outline differs based on the individual group goals and the Leadership involved in each unit.
 "What is the difference between a LifeGroup Leader and a Coach?"

A LifeGroup Leader is any currently enrolled student who enjoys a good conversation about God. They are volunteers who have attended training events and are responsible for maintaining the group through Bible Study, prayer, collecting ideas, formulating them into a plan, following through on that plan and keeping accurate records.

A LifeGroup Coach is a student employee of the Campus Ministries office at Southern. Coaches not only lead their own LifeGroup, but monitor the development of two or three volunteer LifeGroup Leaders. They pray for them, assist them in any group issues that arise and direct them to effective skills and tools for the success of the LifeGroup that they lead.

 "How do I apply to be a LifeGroup Leader or Coach?" Call the Campus Ministries office at extension 2787 to register for training events in LifeGroups. Applications for LifeGroup Coach become available during the Student Week of Prayer in January, 2013 for the 2013-14 school year.
 "Is the content for each LifeGroup the same?" Absolutely not. The topics for each of the 50 LifeGroups is different in one way or another. The topics range from reading together through a variety of books of the Bible or spiritual readings and exercises from authors like Beth Moore, Andy Stanley or Ellen White.
 "We are having a difficult time finding a place for our LifeGroup meetings. Any ideas?"  The Top 10 Locations for a LifeGroup at Southern Adventist University

10. Mabel Wood Hall 3rd Floor Lobby (no reservation-first come first served)
9. Hackman Hall Conference Room (1st floor Southeast corner-Reserve at School of Religion Office)
8. Collegedale SDA Church Library (Near the Church Office on Main Floor-Reserve at Collegedale Church Office)
7. Thatcher South T.V. Room (1st floor of Thatcher South-reserve at Thatcher South Desk)
6. Improv (Between the Village Market and the US Post Office-Reserve at Village Market)
5. The Robert Merchant Room (in the Student Services area of the Student Center-reserve at Student Services)
4. McKee Library Study rooms (Reserve at the library desk).
3. The O.E. Grundset Room (near the elevator in the Student Center-reserve at Student Services).
2. The Norton Seminar Room (in Campus Ministries-reserve with C.M. Receptionists)
1. The Student Center Conference Room (near Campus Ministries-reserve at Student Services).

 "When do LifeGroups meet?" Each group determines the best time to meet for their own mix of member class and work schedules. Most of the groups meet during weeknights and a few meet on Sabbath or Sunday.


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