We know life change happens best in the context of community. God designed us to know and love one another deeply. It’s in community, that we are known, cared for, pursued, and challenged to become more like Christ. But this type of community doesn’t just happen, it takes intentionality. Our hope is that these groups would serve as a pathway for our members to grow spiritually, care for one another, and fulfill the Great Commission.
What ARE COMMUNITY GROUPS:
smaller gatherings of people who meet together on a regular basis to…
Each week, Community Groups meet to study God’s Word, discuss Sunday’s Sermon, and apply truth to our lives. “Iron sharpens iron.” Prov. 27:17
CARE FOR ONE ANOTHER
Community Groups exist so that relationships can be built where we live out the “one another’s” of Scripture. We care for one another through prayer, listening, encouraging, meeting needs, and challenging each other.
FULFILL THE GREAT COMMISSION
Each of us have been called to make disciples of Jesus Christ. Community Groups are a missional hub where we can come together and strategize on the best way to reach others with the Gospel.
WE'RE BETTER TOGETHER
"They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer." Acts 2:42
"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching." Hebrews 10:24-25
Wherever! Most groups take turns hosting their group in their homes.
Groups have the freedom to decide what works best for their group, but a few examples:
• Every couple hires babysitters when they have their weekly meeting
• Rotate houses every week, and the couple who is hosting puts their own kids to bed without a sitter
• The group hires 2 sitters (or however many necessary) and hosts all kids at one house each week
• All kids are in a playroom/in backyard during Community Group with sitters
Each group will have an appointed male and female leader for logistical purposes but the bulk of caring for one another and counseling biblically will be the shared responsibility of each member of your group.
Women’s groups will be led by women.
Community Groups most of the time will follow a sermon-guided discussion model. Groups will dig deeper into the previous week’s sermon and Scripture. However, the group has freedom to also read a book together, follow a topical study, etc.
After you meet with your main group, you will then split up between genders (if in a coed group) and answer these three questions:
Input – How did you feed your soul? What are you learning in God’s Word. – 2 Timothy 3:16
Output – How did you feed others? Did you share the gospel or spend time discipling someone or serving? -Matt 28:16-20
Confession – How did you feed your flesh? In what ways are you struggling to follow God’s Word? – James 5:16
These questions are NOT to make you feel like a failure or to compare yourself to others but to provide a framework to help you deepen your daily relationship with Christ (John 15:5), remove anything that is hindering your relationship with him (Romans 7:22-23), and move forward in his will for you to love and serve the community in which he has placed you (Matthew 28-19-20).
Community Groups aim to meet weekly for around two hours depending on the activity or the needs of the group.
10-12 adults per group
Our Community Groups multiply leaders. One of the Community Group Leaders primary responsibilities is to raise up and develop apprentices who will be sent out to start new Community Groups for new people.