Group Commitment

A pledge to Jesus, his people, and to living for God's kingdom. Thank you for choosing to be part of a Discipleship Group. This document will help define expectations, commitment and our desired culture for your group.


Purpose & Vision

Our focus as a ministry is to live out our church's mission and vision in our gatherings;

  • By encouraging each other to live for Jesus

  • By loving and serving each other and our neighbors

  • By becoming disciples who make disciples

Matthew 28:19–20 - [19] 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, [20] teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

Galatians 5:14 - For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

The Bible

We affirm the Bible as our ultimate authority and guide for knowing and following Jesus. As disciples, we spend time in the Scriptures both individually and as a group so we can know God deeply and so we can live out his will for our lives.

2 Timothy 3:16 - [16] All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness

Desired Culture

We practice progress, not perfection. We strive to let grace, love, kindness, humility, forgiveness, and patience with one another guide us.

Ephesians 4:29-32 - [29] Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. [30] And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. [31] Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. [32] Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Commitment to Weekly Connection

In order to pursue true relational discipleship, we ask that each person commits to meeting weekly, as scheduled. We acknowledge that challenges occur, so grace and understanding are the rules. By committing to the weekly gathering you are affirming the biblical reality that you need other disciples involved in your life in order to grow in Christlike character, likewise, others also need you in involved their lives.

Hebrews 10:23-25 - [23] Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. [24] And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, [25] not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Methodology

Discipleship Groups gather weekly, for 10-week sessions, at a designated host home. They have Bible-based discussions, occasional equipping activities, and dedicated times of prayer. Each group, ideally, consist of no more than 12 adults for greater depth in relationship. Between each cycle, the group takes a break from their standard rhythm to do informal gatherings and outreach in their community. These times also provide the leaders an opportunity to rest and for group participants to help by organizing the informal gatherings and outreach events.

Each weekly gathering is coordinated by the leader(s) or a designated admin from within the group. Messages sent to the group should include; the meeting time, meal theme (if applicable) and any other information that will help each person prepare prior to the gathering.

Weekly Liturgy

Having a set schedule helps guide our time together and creates an expected standard for each gathering. Our weekly gatherings will generally include times specifically set aside for;

• Vision - A time when a leader(s) will provide purpose and goals for the group.

• Activity - Applying God’s truth to our lives and pursuing the real-world application of what we study together. This can include; biblical study, discussion or equipping activities.

• Prayer - Communing with God together.

Prioritizing Mission & Life Together

Our dedication to the mission of God and to the discipleship of one another goes beyond our weekly gathering. We are committed to pursuing one another, in an appropriate manner, outside of our regular gatherings. This includes intentionally and joyfully gathering for missional outreach and other social or recreational activities.

Role of a Leader

A group leader is imperfect and will lead imperfectly. Your leader(s) will need your help, encouragement, accountability, just as you need the same from them. However, the group leader bears added responsibility for your oversight. Therefore, in order to aid in the healthy progress of the group, all group members are asked - with kindness, and in pursuit of Spirit-led unity - to defer to the group leader in matters of disagreement and debate, as appropriate, so long as to do so would not be in conflict with Scripture.

Each leader is responsible for vision casting, facilitating discussion and being a champion of discipleship. They ensure that the gathering is a safe place for people to share and encourage a culture of discipleship. They also delegate ministry responsibilities such as; administration, coordinating childcare (if applicable) and event planning.

James 3:1 - [1] Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.

1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 - [12] We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, [13] and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.

Hebrews 13:17 - [17] Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.

In review, as a group participant, we ask that you;

Pledge yourself fully to the Lord with the anticipation that you are entering a time of intentional discipleship with others.

Agree to meet with your group weekly when scheduled, unless providentially hindered, and agree to contribute to the needs of the group as you are able.

Help disciple of the kids of your group, If applicable, by occasionally volunteering to care for them during group and using the Bible-based curriculum provided.

Contribute to an atmosphere of confidentiality, honesty, and authenticity for the edification of others in the group as well as for your own spiritual growth.

Participate in outreach opportunities with your group (service projects, etc.) for the purpose of building relationships with non-believers and creating opportunities to share the gospel.

Pray for others in your group and will begin praying about multiplying discipleship groups, by leading or hosting, upon the completion of one years time with the group.