Community Groups

Life is not meant to be lived alone.  In fact, it’s impossible to find fulfillment in life with the absence of meaningful relationships.  We believe that it is essential that we share our lives with others as we strive to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. We believe sustained life change happens best in the context of community. In COMMUNITY GROUPS, people get together to share a meal, study the Bible, and discuss the issues and challenges of life.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What does a community group look like? We believe sustained life change happens best in Community Groups. A Community Group is made up of 8-12 people that meet together throughout the week in homes in our community. It is in a Community Group where you study the Bible together and are in a setting in which you can tackle the tough questions and challenges of life. You will find Small Groups to be a comfortable place where you can connect with and share life with like-minded people.

How much of my time is this going to take? Community Group meetings last approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.  This time together includes three elements, hanging out time, praying together, and Bible study.

Am I going to have to talk or can I just sit and listen during meetings? Community Groups are like family – sometimes you talk, sometimes you listen. No one is forced to talk or to lead the group. As the group develops, people become much more comfortable. We have discovered that people who seldom speak up in large groups will talk in Community Groups.

Will I have to pray out loud? No. Again, you are allowed to move, grow, at your own pace. When you want to share a prayer concern or pray out loud, you will be encouraged to do so.

How much do I have to know about the Bible? None. Community Groups are all about learning the Bible not debating it or being tested on it. There will be seasons when all Community Groups will study curriculum that coincides with the Sunday sermon series. This is when the greatest personal spiritual growth happens. This is reason enough to want to be in a Community Group.

When can I join a Community Group?  New groups will be forming in the Fall of 2014.

If I don’t like it, can I leave without people being mad at me? Yes, but most people build such community that they do not want to stop being part of the group.

If you would like more information about getting connected in a community group, please contact Russell Knight at russknight@mac.com