Life Groups exist for the purpose of becoming more like Jesus while developing meaningful relationships. We believe that we are better together when we are loving God, loving each other, and loving our world. Community is who we are, not just what we do.

Life Groups consist of 6-12 people meeting together in homes, apartments, coffee shops, restaurants around our city, and online. These Life Groups meet weekly or biweekly to grow closer in relationship with Jesus within the context of a smaller group. We have three 8-week sessions a year for our members to engage faithfully in.  

Our 8-week sessions for 2024 are:
February 4 - March 30

April 21 - June 22

September 15 - November 23


New Life Group Leader Training:

January 23 & 30

April 9 & 16

September 3 & 10


Groups Gathering:

March 2

We encourage everyone to join a Life Group that fits their schedule and season of life. Since life change happens in community, we believe that joining a Life Group is an incredibly important Next Step for you to take. We are making it easier for you to find people you can connect, grow in faith, and impact your community with and that you can call family! 

To find a Life Group we encourage you to: pray and seek the Lord. Click on the FIND A LIFE GROUP button below. Look through all the Life Groups to find the right group for you. Then, on the specific Life Group’s page you would like to join, click on Ask to Join.

It’s really that simple!


Lead A Life Group

You know as much as anybody that it's important to be connected. That's one reason you're part of Catalyst Church.

We know it's hard to connect with others and build lasting friendships. We know that even defining community is tough because being in community is more than showing up for Bible study. It's also sharing food, laughing until it hurts, and doing what you love to do with your favorite people.

What if you could help more people find and enjoy that kind of laughing, caring, and growing community?

You can. Here’s how:

Lead a Life Group

Frequently Asked Questions



What is a Life Group?

A Life Group is a small group of 6-12 people who get together on a regular basis to develop meaningful relationships with each other, pray and study scripture together and most importantly, grow closer in relationship with Jesus. 


Where do Life Groups meet?

Our Life Groups meet in homes, coffee shops, restaurants and even parks within Jacksonville and surrounding areas. 

We have three different meeting types for groups: 

  • In-Person: These groups will meet in person
  • Hybrid: These groups will meet in combination of both in-person and online. This could look like alternating between online and in-person, or it could be some people meeting in person and others joining via video.
  • Online Only: These groups meet exclusively online.


When do Life Groups Meet?

Life Groups meet on a consistent basis usually weekly or bi-weekly. Each group leader chooses the day and time their group will meet together.


How long is a Life Group Meeting?

Life Groups typically meet together for one and a half or two hours. The Life Group sessions are for a duration of 8-10 weeks which we call sessions. There are three Life Group sessions within the year.

  • Winter (February - April)
  • Spring (April - June)
  • Fall (September - November)


What types of Life Groups are available?

At Catalyst Church there are several types of Life Groups. We have Life Groups for Men, Women, Co-Ed (married and single), Married, Single and Special Needs. We even have Life Groups for our middle school and high school students which are gender and grade-level specific.


What is the expected commitment when joining a Life Group?

Life Group participation requires an 8-10 week commitment. The key to growing your relationship with your Life Group and with God is consistency. If after the first two weeks you realize you need more time to adjust to the commitment requirements, let your Life Group Leader know so they and the Catalyst Church Groups Staff can help you find a group better suited to your needs.


What if I feel like the Life Group I joined isn't right for me?

Simply let the Life Group Leader know you would like to keep searching for a group that better suits you. The Catalyst Church Groups Staff will be happy to help you find a group that is just right for you.


What will the Life Group study?

Life Groups have several options to select.

  • Use the curriculum provided by the church which follows the weekly sermon.
  • Select a topic/study from a third-party source which has been approved by the Group's Staff.
  • Follow the content provided by RightNow Media.

Wherever your Life Group chooses to receive their content, you can rest assured it is biblically centered.


Do Life Groups provide childcare?

Childcare is dependent upon the Life Group Leader and Host. Below are some of the options Life Groups may choose to implement.

  • Childcare is available on-site.
  • Childcare is not offered.
  • Kiddos can participate in the Life Group environment but there is not a designated sitter.

Reach out to the Life Group Leader prior to joining to get more information on their child-care arrangements.


How do I join a Life Group?

Click here and you will be directed to our database for Life Groups.


I have more questions, who can I speak to?
  • Groups Director // Carlos Alfonso //
  • Groups Coordinator // Melissa Alford //



Support Groups

Support Groups are designed to help people dealing with a very personal and specific struggle. Our Support Groups have been carefully selected to bring real impact, support, and care to those who are experiencing struggles in this season of life. Our sessions run from September-December and February-May.  

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Short-Term Groups

Short-Term Groups are designed to help meet the needs across our church family. Our fall session runs from September-December and spring session from February-May.  

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