Small Groups are a face-to-face gathering of not more than 20 people who meet regularly for the common purpose of worship, sharing, community and mission. It provides a secure environment for individuals in the community to grow and be equipped and trained for the work of Christian Ministry. Contact the church office if you are interested in learning more about Small Groups!
Above all, these groups are people joining together to grow in Christ, challenging and supporting, confessing and confiding, forgiving and being forgiven, caring and sharing.
IN SEARCH OF COMMUNITY
Within every Christian, there is a desire for something that we often refer to as community. This desire may be a glimmer with some, or a compulsion with others, but to one degree or another, it is there. Truly, God never intended for us to live the Christian life alone. The over 50 verses in the New Testament that refer to “one another” make this clear. In order for us to become the people God intends we need opportunity to bear burdens, exhort, encourage, equip, speak truth in love, confess our sins, forgive and serve, even when the process gets messy. Relationships are critical to our growth in Christ. Jesus Himself, had 12 who were in close relationship and ministry with Him. And sometimes it did get a little messy.
Churches typically will recognize the need for relationship and community. Our Sunday services may inspire, equip and challenge, or even reprove rebuke and exhort, but they will not provide the relational aspect that is needed in our lives. In an effort to create community and fill this gap, church leaders make effort to establish what we call small groups, but may be called life groups, cell groups or home groups. Loosely defined, a small group is a face to face gathering of not more than 20 people who meet regularly for the common purpose of sharing, community and mission. It provides a secure environment for individuals to grow and be equipped and helped in the work of living the life God has called us to.
Above all, these groups are people joining together to grow in Christ, challenging and supporting, confessing and confiding, forgiving and being forgiven, caring and sharing. Community is what we make it. Let’s not focus on what we can get out of small groups, out of church, but focus on what God wants to do through us, and with us, as we step into relationships, maybe out of our comfort zones, and into the life God calls us to.