Community Groups

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PURPOSE


Community Groups are people learning to share and
obey the word of God together.

A community group is a group of people who regularly meet to learn what it means to follow Jesus, be part of a community, and share life with each other. 


They gather in people's homes or at cafes to read the Bible together, talk about Jesus, and pray.


Community Group Logistics

SIZE:

Small Groups: 3-5 people + 1 leaders

Shared Groups: 6-12 people + 2 leaders


COMMITMENT: 

Leaders and/or hosts commit to 9 months of hosting and leading their group, typically from Sep/Oct to May/June. We encourage groups to take a summer break so leadership doesn’t unintentionally become a “forever commitment.” 


FREQUENCY:

This is up to you and your group! Some groups meet every other week, some meet weekly. It’s what works best for you.


CONTENT:

The bulk of community group time is focused on scripture discussion and prayer. Many groups spend their discussion time digging into the previous Sunday’s sermon using guided questions. But going through a book together or a specific study could also be a good fit for your group! 


LOCATION:

Hospitality is a big part of Community Group.  Find a place that fits the group. This could be a home or even a pub. The location should be large enough to hold a dozen people and quiet enough to have undistracted conversation.


DAY & TIME:

Start time will often depend on whether or not the group shares a meal or has small children. Groups usually meet for 1.5-2 hours.

 

The group can meet on whatever day works best for everyone. We only ask that Community Group not meet during scheduled church gatherings, meetings, or activities. 


FOOD & SNACKS:

Food brings people together! Some groups will choose to share a meal every week and others will have light snacks. Make sure that whatever you do is sustainable and doesn’t become a burden to one person.

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN STARTING A GROUP?


QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE STARTING A GROUP:

  • Can I commit to 9 months of leadership and/or hosting?
  • Will I be hosting the group as well as leading, or do I want to share that commitment with someone else?
  • How big do I want my group to be?
  • Am I comfortable guiding a discussion and encouraging people to participate? Or could I partner with someone else who is comfortable doing that?


LEADER RESPONSIBILITIES (TO BE SHARED AMONG 2-3 PEOPLE):

  • Set the group meeting times & communicate those with group members
  • Guide discussion and prayer during the group time
  • Host the group and create a hospitable atmosphere
  • Make sure all who come feel welcome and included
  • Keep the time and content centered on Jesus


LEADER REQUIREMENTS:




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Ready to start a community group? 

Here are your next steps!


1. Read the Community Group Handbook

2. Schedule a Leader Assessment by emailing an Elder