Community Groups"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up . . ." 1 Thessalonians 5:11
God's desire for us is to grow spiritually. Spiritual maturity is best summarized by Jesus in Matthew 22:37-39. These verses summarize the whole of God's will for us in the two greatest commandments: First, love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, and mind. Second, Love our neighbor as ourselves.
Community groups will help you grow in your love for God and others as you discuss real life issues in light of God's Word and support one another in prayer. You will find a safe place to be yourself; to laugh, cry, and share your burdens or struggles. It is a place in which you will be encouraged, equipped, and challenged to become a fully devoted follower of Christ as you and those in your group do life together.
If you do not already belong to a Community Group, we encourage you to take the next step and give it a try.
COMMUNITY GROUP VALUES
1. Relationships: The primary objective of Community Groups is to build long-term relationships in which members help and encourage each other in their spiritual growth.
2. Authenticity: The atmosphere of a Community Group encourages openness and transparency among its members.
3. Confidentiality: For people to feel safe in being open and transparent, members need to have confidence that things shared in a Community Group will not be shared outside the group.
4. Respect: Group members should never do or say anything that would embarrass their spouse or other members of the group.
5. Availability: Building authentic community requires prioritizing relationships. This means being available and willing to help one another in times of need.
Q: What is a Community Group?
A: A Community Group is a sermon-based small group of up to 15 people who meet together in someone's home on a regular basis for Bible study, prayer, and fellowship.
Q: What is the purpose of Community Groups?
A: Community Groups exist to provide a small group environment where participants connect with one another in authentic Christian community and grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ.
Q: What happens at Community Group?
A: Most groups begin by sharing in a time of refreshments together where they can visit and "catch up" with one another. Then there is a Bible study/discussion based on the previous week's sermon. Following the discussion, the group members have a preyer time together where they can share needs, concerns, joys, burdens, and other prayer requests.
Q: When do Community Groups meet?
A: Community Groups run a fall session and a winter/spring session. The fall session begins in September and ends in early December. The winter/spring session begins mid-January and ends early May. During these sessions, Community Groups meet at various times during the week. Some meet on Sunday afternoons or evenings while others meet on weeknights.
Q: Can I try a Community Group before I commit to it?
A: Yes. You can attend a Community Group for a few weeks to see if it is the right fit for you before making a commitment to that group. If not, try a different group.
Q: How do I get into a Community Group?
A: You can register for the community groups by filling out the form on the back of the Community Groups brochure and placing it in the Community Groups box in the foyer.