Frequently Asked Questions
What are Meet-ups?
Meet-ups are events hosted by people of Open Life that involve interests or passions of the host person. Meet-ups connect people around common interests that exist in our church community. Whether it’s soccer, gardening, hiking, or a special cause—anyone can host or join a Meet-up centered on something you’re interested in.
Are Meet-ups planned or supervised by Open Life Church?
Meet-ups are events hosted independently by people that attend Open Life Church. These events are not planned or coordinated by Open Life Church, but rather by the host themselves. Open Life Church only communicates the existence of the Meet-up and provides a way for people to keep track of participants through our group’s system.
Can anyone host a Meet-up?
Yes, we’ve made it simple and easy to host a Meet-up. Just visit the https://openlife.church/Meet-ups/host to find more information and be sure to click on the Host Kit button below to get started. Once we have all of your Meet-up information we’ll have you fill out the waiver and a quick background check for you as the host. We’ll post and communicate all the Meet-up details to the church and you can prepare for hosting your Meet-up.
What liabilities are involved with hosting a Meet-up?
Meet-ups are events hosted by you, the host, so the liability for Meet-up hosts is equivalent to inviting friends to participate in a private event you’ve organized. Participants for Meet-ups with potential physical dangers complete the Meet-up Digital Waiver which releases the host and Open Life Church from physical liability.
What about activities that involve the consumption of alcohol?
Meet-ups communicated by Open Life Church should have a primary activity that is not related to the consumption of Alcohol. Due to the fact that alcohol is heavily abused in our society and we are not able to know or understand things that are going on in any one person’s life, we choose not to promote public invitations to consume alcohol. Hosting an event where alcohol is available is fine (ie. dinner at home or restaurant, trivia night, Ladies Night Out at Urban Timber, etc.), but a Meet-up to “enjoy drinks together” would not.
Are Meet-ups different or separate from Groups?
Meet-ups and Groups are meant to be complementary and mutually beneficial activities for people within Open Life Church. Whereas groups will usually be a fairly regular activity (weekly or every other week meetings), Meet-ups are one-off events or events with a frequency of once a month or less. Whereas groups will usually have the same participants each time from the startup, Meet-ups are encouraged for anyone to attend each time. If groups form out of Meet-ups, that is terrific. If groups want to host Meet-ups so that more people can be involved, that is wonderful.
What if my Meet-up fills up?
Please notify jadonh@openlifechurch, and we will no longer publicly list your group so that no one else tries to sign up.
What if my Meet-up doesn’t have enough people who signed up?
Don’t fret, we can cancel or postpone your event this time around and reorganize for a future date or with a new idea.
What if my Meet-up has costs involved?
This is not a problem as long as you communicate those costs clearly on the sign up form and how those costs will be handled (ie. Registrations, Transportation, tickets, etc.)
Can I receive funding for my Meet-up from Open Life Church?
Most often, any costs related to a Meet-up should be handled by the participants of that Meet-up as organized by the host. Open Life Church will consider funding for service-related Meet-ups that bring benefit to our community (ie. School Supplies, Tools or Supplies for a renovation, etc.)
How will people find out about my Meet-up?
People will find out through all the streams of communication that Open Life utilizes in addition to all of the ways the host creatively communicates their Meet-up. This will include, but not limited to, listing on the Meet-up webpage, announcements on Sundays, direction on openlife.church/nextsteps, on the Open Life Church App, Next Steps Weekly (e-news), social media, and other forms of communication. We’re always open to other ideas.