Why Small Groups? Here’s Why…

Posted: May 18, 2011 in church, discipleship, ecclesiology, small groups

Harvest Bible Chapel: “Small Groups are not “another thing” at Harvest; they are the main channel for discipleship and care for each person who is a part of the Harvest family.”

Park Community Church: “At Park we encourage everyone to participate in a small group, as this is our central strategy for spiritual growth and developing the rich community life that God intends for His church…small group members find the mutual support, practical love, and encouragement to grow.”

Mars Hill Church: “At Mars Hill, community groups are the place where discipleship and care takes place. It is where we encourage one another to be worshipers of our Lord. It is where the body becomes the body, loving, caring and challenging one another…Getting connected at Mars Hill means participating in both the Sunday gathering and a Community Group… Community Groups are the place where the seeds of the preached Word take root and become real. It is the place where we build relationships with one another and living life together.”

Bethlehem Baptist Church: “Small groups, known as shepherd groups at Bethlehem, are the main way we support each other, grow in the Lord, and serve together. We urge everyone who considers Bethlehem home to get connected with a group.”

Capital Hill Baptist Church: “Small groups provide the context in which what the church is learning as a whole can be applied more individually and deliberately. It’s the context in which members can pray and spur one another on to evangelism. It’s the context for facilitating discipleship relationships.”

Covenant Life Church: “One of the primary ways we build relationships and cultivate fellowship with each other here is through a network of small groups—what we call “Care Groups.” While we are joined to all believers in the local church, Care Groups allow us to relate more deeply with a small number of people. An integral part of our church’s ministry since its founding, Care Groups provide an important context for accomplishing a number of biblical priorities.”

The Village Church: “Our hope is that we would not just simply hang out with each other, but rather, that we would engage in a battle for deep and abiding relationships within the body. The best opportunity we have for that is through a variety of groups we offer. Gathering in groups create an atmosphere that causes believers and non-believers to grow in their understanding and application of God’s direction in our lives. Groups help create the biblical community we seek.”

Saddleback Church: “Life is meant to be shared. God intends for us to experience life together. The Bible calls this fellowship. Real fellowship is much more than just showing up at services. It is experiencing life together. It includes unselfish loving, honest sharing, practical serving, sacrificial giving, sympathetic comforting, and more “one another” experiences. When it comes to fellowship, size matters – smaller is better.”

University Reformed Church: “In everything we do here at URC, we want to work towards the following vision: URC is a Bible teaching and praying church, ministering to our neighbors, the campus, the nations, and the unreached people of the world.  In order for this vision to become a reality, we need opportunities outside of Sunday morning to study the Bible together, pray together, minister to one another, and minister to those around us.  The growth group ministry seeks to provide some of those opportunities.”

Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church: “It is within these small communities that Christians encourage one another to believe the gospel and become the gospel in the lives of others… Our hope is that everyone who attends CRPC will be involved in a Community Group.”

The Austin Stone Community Church: “The Austin Stone is a network of missional communities – small groups of people, joined by the Gospel, pursuing the renewal and redemption of their community together. Missional community is the primary way to connect with others at The Austin Stone and pursue life on mission.”

Redeemer Presbyterian Church: “Fellowship Groups are the primary place where you are known and cared for at Redeemer. It is within these small communities that men and women can build personal relationships and practice applying the gospel to their lives. Each group expects to experience Jesus Christ in its midst, enabling participants to be transformed through mutual ministry and to experience life in the family of God.”

For a great resource on what a biblical small group might look like, download C.J. Mahaney’s excellent (and free) book entitled, Why Small Groups.  It’s definitely worth the read!

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