Programing Operation Level 1
The following applies to CGs and LTGs under Metanoia’s Programing Operation Level 1 (OL1) during the coronavirus pandemic. For more information about Metanoia’s OL1 programing, please download this PDF.
Community Groups (CGs)
- Weeks of 2nd, 4th, & 5th Sundays of the month.
- Virtual only.
- All participants may download the CG Discussion Guide from the Google Drive folder before CG meets. (Click on the image to the right.)
New Discussion Guides will be provided for Virtual Worship weeks (2nd, 4th, & 5th Sundays). A “general” Discussion Guide is available for CGs that opt to meet on 1st and 3rd Sundays.
Life Transformation Groups (LTGs)
- Weeks of 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month.
- LTGs are not required, but they are recommended for the following reasons:
- Spiritual growth is best fostered in loving, confessional relationships. Such a deep level of trust and transparency is difficult to establish in a co-ed environment, in a larger group, and in virtual meetings.
- Members of CGs desiring to meet in person may begin doing so as LTGs while CGs remain virtual.
- CG Discussion Guides will not be provided for 1st and 3rd Sundays.
- Preference is for LTGs to be formed from members within the same CG in order to deepen relationships, increase accountability, and attend to one another more closely.
CLICK HERE for the accountability questions LTG members ask of one another when they meet.
- The LTG is responsible for entering their in-person events into the Metanoia Contact Tracing Attendance Google Form after every meeting.
- If in-person outdoors, Metanoia strongly recommends:
- 6 ft physical distance
- Bring your own chair or clean chair before and after use by guest.
- If masks are not worn, consider limiting time of exposure.
CG & LTG FAQs
Q1. Do I have to be part of a CG?
A1. If you are a Covenant Partner, yes. Participation in a CG is part of the Pathway to Partnership and is also an expression of commitment to life with the covenant community of Metanoia Church. There are seasons of life when participation in a CG may be difficult—especially during COVID-19 pandemic. If you cannot participate in a CG at this time, please consult with a pastor about your decision. If you are having a hard time finding or connecting to a CG, please contact Pastor Adam Feldman.
Q2. Do CGs have to take off the 1st and 3rd weeks (“In Person Programming” weeks)?
Q2. It is preferable that CGs synchronize with Metanoia’s scheduled rhythm of In Person Programming (1st & 3rd weeks) and Virtual Programming (2nd, 4th, and 5th weeks). This will help establish a rhythm and will assist everyone in remembering “what is going on this week.”
Before a CG decides to meet on the 1st and 3rd weeks (in addition to the 2nd, 4th, and 5th weeks), it is suggested that the CG discuss together whether or not the CG members can benefit from meeting as men and women in LTGs twice/month for the purposes of encouragement, confession, and accountability. Anyone currently in an LTG or planning to be in an LTG should let their CG know whether or not meeting as a CG on the 1st and 3rd weeks would be an additional burden to them. CGs that opt to meet on the 1st and 3rd weeks should also be aware that no unique CG Discussion Guide will be provided for those weeks. A general Discussion Guide is provided for CGs if they wish to meet on those weeks.
Q3. When do LTGs start?
A3. There is no official start date for LTGs. It is suggested that your CG trials the LTG/CG schedule for at least 8 weeks. After the trial period, determine as a CG whether or not you will continue with LTGs.
Q4. Do I have to be part of an LTG?
A4. There is no requirement to participate in an LTG. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic when in-person interactions are limited and hardship is increased, you are encouraged to participate in an LTG in order to foster deeper spiritual growth and relational connection.
Q5. How are LTGs formed?
A5. Ideally, LTGs are formed from within existing CGs. Simply divide your CG into LTGs of 2-3 people of the same gender. LTGs formed from CGs have the benefit of seeing members of their CG every week which will strengthen relational connections and accountability to one another. Another benefit is that the men and women in a CG can discuss more sensitive topics in an LTG format than is possible in a co-ed CG meeting.
You can also form an LTG with Partners or regular attenders who are not part of your CG. However, this may reduce your (or their) regular engagement with members in your respective CGs over the course of a month.
Regardless of how you form your LTG, you must limit the size to 2-3 people. It is more difficult to provide everyone an opportunity to share when a group has 4 or more people.