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Following Jesus isn’t easy. Thankfully, we don’t have to do it alone. A group is a family of people who are following Jesus together.
What does it look like for a group of people to follow Jesus together? It’s not as complicated as you might think. Jesus taught us to find life in three significant relationships:
Living UP as we love God.
Living IN as we love one another.
Living OUT as we love our neighbors.
So, what will it look like when you show up at a Group? For starters, you’ll be meeting in someone’s home. Our Groups typically meet 2-3 times each month. Some weeks will focus on UP and IN, loving God and loving one another. Other weeks you will be going OUT to love your neighbors and serve your city.
Fall semester begins September 2017!
Our groups follow a simple 2-1-1 rhythm of UP, IN and OUT. This rhythm keeps our groups focused on Jesus and his kingdom mission.
Groups gather together as a family, usually in homes around a meal, to read Scripture, share stories, and pray for one another.
Jesus loved a good party, so once a month our groups do something fun and include people who are not connected to Jesus or the church.
Groups regularly ask, “Who can we bless? Where can we contribute?” When needs arise, they go and spontaneously meet those needs.
Yes! Most church small groups only do activities that are UP and IN, like Bible studies and fellowship, but our groups are intentionally following Jesus UP, IN, and OUT. We still open up our Bibles and fellowship, but we also create spaces for unchurched friends, like parties, to help them move closer to Christ.
Each group has a facilitator who receives monthly coaching, encouragement and prayer. Once a quarter, all facilitators come together for a big Leader’s Huddle. Groups also get (optional) discussion questions every week for their "communion” times.
Community is definitely something that you can do and should do as a family! Involve kids in meals, parties and service projects. Pray for them and bless them. When child care is needed, most groups either share the cost or rotate caregivers from week to week.
Having alcoholic drinks at parties will be one of the first issues your community will need to address. The Bible doesn’t forbid alcohol but teaches us to enjoy it with wisdom. Of course alcohol can be abused. If you have recovering alcoholics in your community, we suggest you have a “dry community.” That's the loving thing to do. If not, communities have the freedom enjoy alcohol but to always do it with love and wisdom.
I want to learn more! How can I reach you?
Contact Steph Hewitson, firstname.lastname@example.org or 970.669.3675 x 229