The purpose of Group Life is to create an environment that lives-out the Great Commission by focusing our efforts on Jesus' command to "Go and Make Disciples." We will fulfill the Great Commission call through intentional discipleship in which lives are biblically grown, leaders are equipped, and disciples are made and empowered to make other disciples.
Group Life is the umbrella in which all our ministry areas (Adult Small Groups, Men's, Women's, Students, and Kids) will focus on both maturing in faith and multiplying gospel influence in our community and around the globe.
For each individual, Group Life will exist in order to:
- Connect in Community
- Grow in Christ
- Serve with Gifts
- Send to make Disciples
ADULT SMALL GROUPS
This area is designed for individuals to connect in community and grow in Christ. Groups consist of families and/or singles.
Spiritually strong men make for spiritually strong families; therefore, the purpose of men's groups is to intentionally foster an environment of transparency, accountability, prayer, and spiritual growth.
Connect in Community
God never calls any Christian to a solitary life of faith. Rather in fellowship with other believers we can become all He created us to be. Therefore, the purpose of community is to create a safe place where individuals can gather together for Biblical instruction, worship, encouragement, and prayer (Hebrews 10:24-25).
Grow in Christ
God's ultimate goal is for all believers to become more Christ-like. That happens only when, through faith, we obey His commands and implement His principles. Therefore, we will live out the purpose of growing in Christ by helping each individual mature in their relationship with Christ through intentional biblical instruction (2 Peter 3:18).
Serve with Gifts
God has placed within each individual special gifts and talents to be utilized in serving others. Therefore, we will live out the purpose of serving with our gifts by helping each individual find and employ the God given talents that He has placed within. We in turn will serve God by serving others (1 Peter 4:10).
Send to Make Disciples
We will confidently bring the truth of salvation to the world because all authority has been given to Jesus. Therefore, we will live out the purpose of making disciples by intentional relationship building, sharing our lives with one another and creating a culture of multiplication. As leaders are raised up within community groups we will celebrate by commissioning and sending each new leader to plant and grow a new community group (Matthew 28: 18-20).
This is decided on a group by group basis, but typically group members share the responsibility of watching the kids, split the cost for a sitter, or make other arrangements.
Groups meet on different days and times throughout the week. Some meet every week, some meet every other week, or some meet once a month. It is up to each group to decide meeting dates.
Groups meet in homes, restaurants, or coffee shops. Some groups meet for fun activities and to celebrate special occasions together.