Community Groups are teams of disciples banding together to live on mission in the Twin Cities. These “focused, shared ministry networks” are intentional about making a gospel impact in our neighborhoods and relational networks — in the places we live, work, and play — which is why geographical proximity matters. We currently have 17 Community Groups located in South Minneapolis and the Central Metro, and its first-ring suburbs.
Jesus tells us, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19–20). “Baptizing” and “teaching” unfold two important aspects to discipleship.
“Baptizing” is about conversion. It is going out, whether crossing the street or the oceans, to tell people the gospel of Jesus. We call this discipleship in distance.
“Teaching” is about counsel. It is reaching in, along with other disciples of Jesus, to bring every aspect of our lives under his lordship. We call this discipleship in depth.
Both approaches require intentionality. Community Groups comprise our first-tier strategy for discipleship in distance. Life Groups are our primary strategy for discipleship in depth.
Four Pieces of a Community Group
Community Groups are made up of four pieces:
- Everyday life
- Regular meetings
- Community events and initiatives
- Service projects
1. Everyday Life
The arena of focused, shared gospel ministry happens within the everyday life of the church as we are present in our respective neighborhoods and relational networks. This is the normal context of Community Groups.
2. Regular Meeting
The Community Groups, made up of 10–20 individuals, will meet regularly, though the groups are not fundamentally a meeting. The vision of these meetings is continued encouragement, strategy, and accountability to be a collective light within our specific neighborhoods and then in the various relational networks in which we work and play. The goal of these meetings is to be freshly grounded in the gospel of Jesus and propelled out to live on mission with Jesus.
3. Community Events and Initiatives
The advance of the gospel happens in the everyday life of church, and the Community Groups meet regularly to pray, encourage, and strategize toward this end. An integral part of that strategy is to brainstorm events and initiatives within our specific neighborhoods and networks that seek their good. These events and initiatives might be one-time parties or a six-week group study — whatever might bless our neighbors, co-workers, and friends.
4. Service Projects
Community Groups are intentional within our specific neighborhoods about meeting needs and improving our environment. We want to keep our eyes open to ways that we can serve and restore good in our neighborhoods. These projects are encouraged as often as the needs arise.
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