Imperfectly living beyond us together
No one grows without community.
Community groups provide a place and time where we can feel safe, cared for, and free to develop our own unique relationship with God.
Community groups provide opportunities for prayer, bible study, fellowship, encouragement, and learning together about the infinite grace, mercy, justice, and kindness of God.
Community groups provide opportunities to serve one another when needs arise and to reach out to those in need in our city, nation, and world.
See What Community Group Members Have to Say
Rebecca Henry, Community Group Leader, graciously shared her story about discovering how Community Groups can help you be intentional about growing your relationship with God and others. Do life together!
Community Group Leader, Steve Bardin, also shared these words of encouragement:
After thanking a married couple who has proven to be some of our more consistent, core members, they replied:
"Thank you for your kind words. My husband and I are thrilled that
we have found a group where we feel so comfortable and so loved."
After reminding a sporadic attendee that we have lifted her up in prayer, by name, for several weeks in a row, she replied:
"Y'all are just the very best!!! Thank you! I've really needed your prayers.
Still do. And so grateful for letting me know you're lifting me up!"
A member who was a bit reserved during our first meeting later replied to verbal esteems about her by writing:
"I am completely surprised at the way I have grown in only 4-to-5 meetings. My husband says
I am more confident and that I seem happier and more relaxed since becoming part of a Community Group."
After presenting Chapter 2 of "Into Abba's Arms," there was only one married couple present. I asked them if it was alright for me to repeat the chapter during the following meeting so the other nine regular members could also receive the blessings.
This is the response received:
"Hey man. My wife and I loved Chapter 2 and would love to repeat it. I personally don't feel the need
to speed through as many books as possible. The JOURNEY is where it's at in my humble opinion."
Are You Ready to Join a Community Group?
In order to join a community group, you will first attend the class, "Who I Am in God."
This two-hour class will be offered on Sundays from 11:15am-12:30pm with childcare provided (by registration).
"Who I Am in God"
Class Dates (choose one):
We will cover topics including:
The value of experiencing genuine community
Keys for building an atmosphere
Explanation of heart-centered transformational discipleship
Typical flow of a CG meeting
Understanding the curriculum
At the end of this class you'll indicate your desire to be involved in a community group.
You will then be connected to a group as soon as possible.
Join a community group!
Vision for Community Groups
At Springcreek, we believe the spiritual life is meant to be lived in community.
WHY? Because God, the Holy Trinity, lives in perfect community.
WHY? Because God invites us to join in their community of perfect love.
In II John verse 12, John writes to a group reminding them that:
"I have much I wish to say to you, but I prefer not to do so with paper and ink;
I hope to come to you and see you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy together me be complete."
A Study Bible's commentary on this verse says:
In this day of email, text messages, and cell phones, taking time for personal visits is not always a priority. When was the last time you had a face-to-face visit with Christian friends: while there are many ways to communicate, there is no substitute for taking time to fellowship and to share with one another about what God is teaching you in your life, right now. And, to encourage and to pray with one another. Whether sharing a meal, going for a walk, or meeting over cups of coffee, nothing is better than when we make time to experience the joy of praising our Lord with Christian friends.
The Great Commandment
“And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Mark 12:28-31 ESV
Community groups are where we learn together how to intentionally fulfill this incredible and inspiring command.
Community groups allow a grace filled environment where we are safe to discover who God is and how we can love Him intimately.
We also learn who we really are, and whose we are. We mature and grow in our faith, our true selves, our gifts and abilities, and we hone our loving skills for our neighbor.
Community groups want to avoid judging, labeling, ridiculing, fixing, or controlling. They will foster a life in God’s grace, healing, and love; allowing the Holy Spirit to grow and mature each person in their own way and at their own speed.
Please be intentional about growing in your relationship with God and your neighbor.
Join a community group!
Become a Community Group Leader
Interested in being a Community Group Leader?
Attend training and learn more about leading healthy community groups. Community Group Leaders will attend four hours of training (broken into two separate classes) and a monthly meeting for encouragement to discuss upcoming curriculum or events.
More Community Group Leader Training Classes coming in January 2019
For more information on Community Groups, contact Pastor Lee Jarrell Lee@Springcreekchurch.org