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FAQ’s About Our New Group Life Paradigm

By September 19, 2013Church News
Philippians 3:14 says, “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” The author of Hebrews writes, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (10:24-25). As we seek to grow in Christ together, we are making revisions and casting new vision for our life together as a church. Much of that vision centers around encouraging every person to be involved in a relational group. You can find more information by listening to the sermons from September 8 & 15 (available on this website). If you have further questions, please contact Pastor Adam by email or phone.
Below are the most frequently asked questions and some helpful answers and explanations.
Why are we making changes to our small groups?
We believe this slightly altered paradigm will help us to make more and better disciples of Jesus Christ. Research, statistics, and success stories tell us that MOST newer people and many people in general prefer to be in medium-sized groups (10-16 adults or up to 25 people including children). The same studies reveal that authentic, personal discipleship happens best in very small groups (2-5 people). Therefore Community Groups are purposed around friendship and include anywhere from 10-25 people. Grow Groups are where intentional mentorship happens and have 5 people at the very most.
Is my group going to stop meeting?
No. ALL groups currently meeting (planning to meet) will continue. Typically, this question is asked in the context of a particular group not lining up with the model of a Community Group or Grow Group in one aspect or another. In all cases, we hope to take the next 6-12 months to work toward the goal of all groups matching the model. Our end goal is to have all of our groups organized in this model by this time next year. Between now and then, we will work together to raise up and train the necessary leaders to grow and multiply groups. Even at that time many groups will continue to meet, but others may multiply to make more disciples.
Am I being asked to join BOTH kinds of groups?
No. We are encouraging each person to participate in ONE group. Of course you may participate in both kinds of groups (Community and Grow) if you would like to, but our hope is for every person to be in at least one group.
Should my whole family be involved?
Yes. Care for small children will be the responsibility of each group. Middle school and high school children attend and participate with adults. ALL children should join the group for closing prayer (depending on length of time, etc.).
What should I do if I have questions or concerns?
The best and most effective way to receive answers to your questions and address your concerns is talk to Pastor Adam.

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