UPDATE: Registration for Oak Brook groups is currently closed so that the Rooted team can organize groups. Didn't get a chance to sign up yet? Join us this Sunday evening at our Rooted Vision Night to register onsite!
At Christ Church, we believe that God designed us to live in community. Rich, lasting relationships help us to grow spiritually, face life's challenges well and become who God created us to be. Group life provides us with a safe space to deepen our walk with Christ, grow closer to others and be equipped to make an impact in the world around us.
Christ Church offers a variety of groups to accommodate people in every age and stage. Each group begins its life together by undertaking Rooted, a 10-week discipleship experience that will deepen your faith and help you discover God's purpose for your life.
Each group consists of 6–12 people committed to exploring the Bible, engaging in prayer, serving others, sharing their stories and developing the practices essential to a healthy spiritual life. Group leaders engage in a process of discernment and training before leading and are committed to helping make Rooted a transformative experience for all.
We encourage you to read the FAQ section below for more information before you start the process to join or lead a group. If you have any questions, feel free to email us at groups@ChristChurch.us; a Rooted team member will be happy to chat with you!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
What is Rooted? Rooted is a 10-week group discipleship experience and a catalyst for life-change. It provokes questions, fosters conversations and provides group experiences designed to give you a glimpse of your story in God’s story.
How do I register and what does it cost? Registration is easy! Once registration is open for the upcoming session, click either the "Join a Group" button or "Lead a Group" button above and follow the steps. While Rooted registration is FREE, each participant is responsible for purchasing the $25 workbook. Once you are registered, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to purchase your Rooted book.
Are there scholarships available? We believe that Rooted can be a life-changing experience and we want everyone to participate! We understand that the Rooted book fee may be a burden for some, so we do have some scholarships available. For more information, please email groups@ChristChurch.us.
When and where will my Rooted group meet? Rooted groups are free to meet at a time and location that accommodates their members — whether that be on campus; offsite in homes, parks or cafes; or online. Groups are welcome to meet by Zoom, but we ask that all members attend in person both the Rooted Vision Night on September 19, 2021 and our closing celebration on January 9, 2022.
For your convenience, we offer special meeting spaces at our Oak Brook campus according to the following schedule:
- Most women's groups meet at our Oak Brook campus on Tuesday mornings and evenings.
- Men's groups typically meet at our Oak Brook campus on Thursdays.
- Most groups from our Butterfield congregation meet at that campus on Wednesday evenings.
- Our 20s groups will meet at times and locations determined by the group members.
- Meeting rooms are available to all groups on Sunday evenings at our Oak Brook campus.
Have another time or place in mind? During registration, please note your preference for offsite group locations or day of the week. We will do our best to place you accordingly.
Can I recruit my own Rooted group? Yes! When you register, please indicate the names of those you'd like to include in your group. We strongly encourage a group size of 6-12 people, as we've found this yields the optimal group dynamic.
I have an existing group. Can we do Rooted? Yes! When you register, please list the names of those in your existing group so we can on-ramp your whole group into the Rooted experience.
Is there childcare available? Childcare is not available at this time, but we have creative options for families with children.
What if I cannot make it to Week One? If you miss Week One, your leader will be in contact with you and you can still join your group. For the best Rooted experience, we recommend not missing more than two weeks. If your schedule requires you to miss more than two meetings, we ask that you consider joining a Rooted session that better fits your schedule.
What if I cannot make all 10 weeks? We understand that Rooted is a large time commitment, but we believe it is worth it to invest in the entire process. If you know you are going to miss more than two meetings, we ask that you wait until the next session of Rooted. The 10 weeks provide a cumulative experience, and so we ask that every participant commit to honor each other by being at every meeting possible.
How will my Rooted group be chosen? Our Rooted team will prayerfully place participants into groups of about 6-12 people. We group by age, marital status and life stage. We form groups of married couples, singles, women, men, and young adults. These groups ultimately depend upon the demographic of those who registered. A substantial amount of prayer and thoughtfulness goes into creating groups that we believe will provide the best experience for all who attend. While we do our best to honor requests when possible, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate all friend or leader requests.
What if registration is closed? If registration is closed, please check back for the next Rooted session.
What is the difference between Rooted and groups? Rooted is the on-ramp to group life. Our hope is that many of our Rooted groups will choose to continue journeying together at the end of the 10 weeks. Others may feel called to start the cycle afresh as a Rooted group leader, sharing the fruit of the experience with others. We strongly advise that you undertake the Rooted experience before joining a group separately.
When will I get my book? Once you are registered, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to purchase your Rooted guidebook. While Rooted registration is FREE, each participant is responsible for purchasing the $25 guidebook.