Each week, thousands of people gather in one of Calvary’s many community groups throughout the tri-county area.
Pastor Greg Anderson answers some of your questions about their small group experience.
How do community groups fulfill the Calvary mission of “making disciples”?
Over fifty Bible verses reference the need to live out our faith in a community setting. These “one another” verses provide the framework for our spiritual growth and community groups provides a setting where these verses can be lived out. We are grateful to God for our continued growth as a church, but that growth can make us seem large. Community groups of four to fourteen people allow us to love one another, forgive one another, encourage one another, pray for one another, and the list goes on. I often hear that God uses community groups to help people find their place in the body of Christ here.
Who’d benefit from being a part of a community group?
The short answer? Everyone. If there are three elements to being a fully integrated Christian, each is part of the community group experience. I think about them as the 3 Cs. Conversion—recognizing our sinful nature and surrendering our hearts to Christ. Some groups are designed specifically for those exploring the faith and all groups welcome people of every level of spiritual maturity. Commitment—responding to Christ’s call to pick up our daily cross and follow Him. God created us to live in community. Conformation—being transformed into the image of Christ. Community groups provide resources and encouragement for your daily relationship with Christ.
What is the next step for someone interested becoming a part of a community group or leading/hosting one?
Information is available at »CommunityGroups. There you can find a group by type, meeting day, or location. You can also find out about an informational meeting we host the first Saturday of every month for anyone interested in learning more about becoming a community group leader.