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What is the goal of Community Groups?
To create a predictable small group environment where participants experience authentic community and spiritual growth

We believe that true and sustained life change happens best in the context of a structured relationship. Out of rows and into circles. And the best expression of these relationships is found in the small group ministry.

Community Groups are where real life and real issues are discussed and shared. It’s a safe environment where we celebrate the successes and good times of life, as well as comfort one another during the tough and disappointing times. It’s also a place to be encouraged, equipped, and challenged to become a disciple of Jesus Christ.

In Community Groups, we focus on three crucial areas to help facilitate and build Authentic Community:

  • Accountability: It's inviting other people to challenge you in your priorities and relationships. These relationships obviously include your relationship with Jesus Christ, but also includes those relationships with other believers and even unbelievers.
  • Belonging: A person who has a sense of belonging is someone who feels accepted, connected, and comfortable with a group of people. This sense of connection is more important than ever because we live in a culture that is prioritizing belonging before believing. People need to know that they matter and that they’ll be missed if they don’t show up.
  • Care: A by-product of people connecting well is that they care for each other. You don’t need programs or need to plan for this…people care for people they know well. This means that we are carrying each other’s burdens and personally praying for one another during difficult times.

What to Expect

Groups will be meeting for at least 3-4 weeks out of the month. We believe that consistency is one of the key ingredients necessary to help build intimacy among group members. This is why we want groups to meet as regularly as possible each month.

Newcomers and guests will always be welcome to visit a group on the first week of every month. Consider it sort of like an Open House. We understand that some people may want check things out before committing to a Community Group. This is also a great way for friends and visitors to get a small taste of what group life is like.

We will also be planning various Fellowship Gatherings and Activities once a month or once every other month throughout the year for our English Ministry. These gatherings are great opportunities for our newcomers and guests to connect with other members. These events will be announced during the year.

If you have any questions, email Pastor Andrew Yi at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What’s the Goal of a Community Group?

“To create a predictable small group environment where people experience authentic community and spiritual growth.”

What are Community Groups?

Community Groups are composed of 6 to 8 individuals or 5 to 6 married couples/singles who meet in someone’s home for fellowship, Bible study, prayer and accountability, what we call, “doing life together.” We believe consistency and predictability in these small groups are important to foster deep and authentic relationships and therefore, Community Groups are closed groups with a commitment to meet together for a period of 12-15 months.

We believe that life change happens best in the context of a structured relationship. And our best expression of these structured relationships is found in the small group ministry. Community Groups are where real life and real issues are discussed. This is the environment where we celebrate the successes and good times of life, as well as comfort one another during the tough and disappointing times. It is a place to be encouraged, equipped, and challenged to become a disciple (devoted follower) of Jesus Christ.

When Do Community Groups Meet and How Often?

Each small group decides when and where it wants to meet. We will want to help people find groups that are meeting on a particular night or in a certain area of the city and connect people with them. All Community Groups are encouraged to meet at least 3 times a month although it is recommended that they try to meet every week.

Why Are Community Groups Closed?

It is our belief that predictability is a critical component for building authentic relationships. Relationships take time to develop, and group environments that constantly change work against this process. Because there is a value of accountability, if there were new people each week, it would change the dynamics. Opening the front door also opens the back door. As a result, Community Groups are closed groups, and no additional members are added during the 6-10 month duration unless all of the group members are in agreement.

Why Do We Have To Sign A Covenant?

The Covenant is a tool to manage group life and establish expectations. Where expectations are not defined, frustrations always follows. While the group facilitator plays an important role in guiding this process, each group determines when they meet, how long they meet and what curriculum they will study (from a selection that the pastors have approved). The group also determines, through the covenant, how time is spent in the actual meeting (i.e. how much time on fellowship, sharing, studying and prayer) and what is the desire outcome/goal of the group and its members.

How Long Does Small Groups Last?

Many small groups will form and immediately commit to meet for 10months. However, there is an introductory step into group life that last approximately eight weeks. At the end of eight weeks, group members can decide to continue as a small group and extend their commitment, or they can dissolve to find other group members.

One legitimate concern of closed groups is that they become stagnant and inwardly focused over time. That’s why our groups are closed only for a season. Our groups are challenged to multiply after their covenant period, usually in 10 months. This keeps the group experience fresh and focused. When the group multiplies, it allows new people to bring what they most have to offer: new vitality to the group experience. Every group eventually comes to an end. Our perspective is that a group can plan to end and have something to show for it. We feel that it also helps the Community Group leaders to be able to lead for a certain season, rather than committing to serve as a leader for an open-ended period of time.

What happens to newcomers that want to go into a Community Group?

There will be strategic times throughout the year where we will launch new small groups. Some newcomers will have to wait a month or two to get into a group. But that’s where the fellowships (career, college, singles and couples) will serve as a place for them until new groups launch. We want to make sure that they are ready for this commitment, and sometimes waiting to get into a group helps build a sense of greater commitment to the group when they actually join.

Why will these Community Groups replace the weekly Agape Bible Studies?

There are a couple of reasons. The first is that, when people meet during the week, in people’s homes, the environment really helps to build a sense of community and authenticity as people start to share and do life together. It’s also a great way for participants to see that being a follower of Jesus means that we are actually living it out the truths found in God’s during the week. This happens when we invite people to speak into our lives.

If you have any questions, email Pastor Andrew Yi at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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