Building Community on Mission
"To build deepening Christian relationships that will encourage one another
to growth in Christ and faithfulness for Christ."
Our Community Groups provide the opportunity for us to practically live out the
Six Priorities of the Church, which are Teaching God's Word, Fellowship, Worship, Prayer, Service, and Evangelism
(see Acts 2:42-47).
Community Groups gather at the following times, by the following hosts:
Bobby & Shawna Batson @ GBC - 1st & 3rd Sunday @ 5pm (bring your own dinner)
Joe Schmidt and Jon Janzen @ the Janzens' home - 2nd & 4th Sunday following service
Kyle & Keisha Murray @ their home - 2nd & 4th Sunday following service (bring your own lunch)
Mike & Linda Richardson @ their home - 1st & 3rd Monday @ 6:30pm
Carol Britten @ Go Ye Village - 2nd & 4th Tuesdays @ 3pm
CONTACT FOR INFORMATION: email@example.com
What to expect at a Community Group meeting:
This is the time for us to connect with others in a way that is not always possible during the Sunday morning service. This is usually built around a meal or other activity.
Word: Bible Study & Discussion
Our groups are not lecture-oriented. We study God's Word to find the main thought or ideas in that week's passage (what was the original meaning: the "THEM, THERE and THEN") and then begin to discuss the practical implications on our lives today (the "US, HERE and NOW").
Although many ministries have opted for small groups that meet for food, fellowship, and common interest,
we hold to the belief that it needs to be centered on God's revelation to us in His Word.
Fellowship naturally flows out of these times together.
This is where the larger "church" finds greater intimacy and sharing. While gathering together for Sunday worship is a vital part of the Christian life, it doesn't always provide a setting that conducive for our people to share the difficulties they are facing.
Community Groups is the place where burdens, requests, and praises are shared and then prayed over. Some groups separate into a men's group and women's group for more intimate sharing during the prayer times.
This is also the time where we share specific ways God is calling us to live more missionally through sharing the Gospel with the lost around us, discipling and encouraging fellow Christians, and/or sharing the love of Christ with those in need through physical acts of service. Here we can encourage and exhort one another to love
and good deeds.
Service & Outreach
Our Community Groups are encouraged to serve one another in times of need. These are also places to do ministry together in serving the community through outreaches and other opportunities.