We are not a church with home groups, we are a church of home groups.
Our encouragement is for all members to express their life with Jesus in the context of small group relationships, on a weekly basis. We are committed to the home group as the basic building block of worshiping, studying, praying, caring, evangelizing, disciple making, living, and growing community. Integral to our commitment to raise up pastoral and teaching leadership, will be equipping of home group leaders. Fundamental to the ministry and service of the church will be the identification and expression of spiritual giftedness of all members.
To connect everyone with a home group (from 4-12 people) for the purpose of growing in relationship with Jesus and with others, so that together, all will contribute more maturely and effectively to the praise of God, to the ministry of our church, and to the extension of our mission in the world.
One gets the distinct feeling from the New Testament that first century Christians lived out their faith within the context of small home culture. Several factors in the New Testament point to this type of ecclesia (assembly):
- Participatory worship rather than spectator worship: Ephesians 5:19, 1 Corinthians 14:26
- They met in homes: 1 Corinthians 16:19, Romans 16:5, Colossians 4:15, Acts 5:42
- Teachings often reflect in small groups context: Matthew 18:15-17
- The agape meal was observed from house to house: Acts 2:46
- Spiritual gifts were exercised in small groups: 1 Corinthians 14:26-33
- Living out the "one another's" needs a community context: Galatians 6:2, Romans 15:7, 30