Top Ten Questions people ask about Core Groups


  • How much of my time is this going to take?

    Midweek Core Group meetings are usually a couple of hours long. Snacking, eating, and hanging out take about an hour. Bible Study, prayer and discussion take about another hour. However, many CG members do life together eating out, playing golf, attending kid's sporting events, and even taking vacations together. Most groups also have a monthly party and /or monthly or quarterly project in which they serve the Las Cruces Community. Group meeting frequency adjusts to the seasons, holidays and needs of the members. Sunday morning Core Groups are limited to one hour.

  • What are we going to do with our children during Core Group?

    The first hour of the meeting they can hang out with the entire group. During Bible Study, groups have found various answers:

    • Hire a babysitter for the group from Calvary’s Student Ministry and either pay their way to summer camp or collect $5 per family per week.
    • Find another home near the host home with a parent keeping them.
    • Adults rotate keeping the kids in a separate room.
  • Will there be homework? If so, how much?

    Most Core Groups do not have homework from a book. There may be daily devotionals that are suggested or weekly considerations to which you need to compare your life. A few groups will read a book together then meet to discuss it.

  • Am I going to have to talk or can I just sit and listen during meetings?

    Core Group is like family – sometimes you talk, sometimes you listen. No one is forced to talk or to lead the group. We all move at a different pace, and you are allowed to do just that.

  • Will I have to pray out loud?

    No. Again, you are allowed to move and grow at your own pace. If the time comes in your life that you feel you need to voice a prayer request, that will be well received. If the time comes you would like to lead in prayer, that is also well received.

  • Who else is going to be in the group?

    Core Groups may be formed by the leader inviting friends, neighbors or acquaintances to a cookout or social. There they will announce and invite people to help start a Core Group. Core Groups are also formed at a GroupLink, which is an event on a Campus for those interested in joining a group where they may meet and chat with several Core Group leaders. At GroupLink, you may agree to try a Core Group for six weeks. At the end of six weeks, each person can choose to continue with the group or not. This allows you a definite time to try a Core Group but also have the assurance that there is an out. Other members join through Core Group registration in the Welcome center at Calvary Baptist Church.

  • How much do I have to know about the Bible?

    Nothing. Core Group is about learning the Bible, not debating it or being tested on it. Wanting to know more about the Bible is one reason you would want to be in a Core Group.

  • How many weeks or months is this group going to last?

    Core Group is like family. Some of them continue for years, and others multiply and start new groups.

  • If I don’t like it, can I leave without people being mad at me?

    Yes, though most people build such community that they do not want to stop being part of the Core Group.  However, if you need to discuss an issue or options for choosing a new group, please see our Core Groups Pastor Sundays at the Core Group Kiosk between services or by scheduling an appointment through the church office at 575-522-7900.

  • What are we going to be doing during the meetings?

    Most meetings last a couple of hours. There is roughly an hour for social, fellowship, eating, snacking time—building community. Then there is an hour of Bible Study where the group learns and discusses the material and Scripture that has been previously agreed upon.  There is always time for prayer and sharing of life issues where others in your group can help you walk through life and not be alone.