What is a Conversation Group?
A Conversation Group is a small, diverse mixture of regular people that meet once a week to continue the conversation that was started during the Sunday morning teaching. The goal of these groups is to be an intentional community for people to gather together in order to SEEK God with one another, GROW in grace and wisdom with one another, and REACH their community with one another.
It Is All About Discipleship
Discipleship = When the True Reality of the Gospel interacts with the Honest Realities of our Everyday Lives.
The beautiful truth of the Gospel is that the grace of Jesus Christ says, “Come as you are.” But there is a second equally real, equally important, and equally beautiful truth: The Gospel will not let us stay the same. By His grace, God provides us Justification (Declaration of Christ’s Righteousness) and Sanctification (Ongowing Growth into Christ’s Likeness). Part of this process of Sanctification is what we call Discipleship.
Why Conversation Groups?
It is all about Discipleship. It is all about Growing in our relationship with God through Jesus Christ. And the reality is that we cannot grow closer to Christ if we are separated form HIs Body. As Humans, we are relational beings, created in the image of a Triune God. Even before the fall we were designed to live in community with each other. This intention is disrupted, fractured, and complicated by sin. As believers, we have been redeemed by Christ and filled with the Holy Spirit to live together in this broken world working together for the Kingdom of God.
A NEW COMMANDMENT I GIVE TO YOU, THAT YOU LOVE ONE ANOTHER: JUST AS I HAVE LOVED YOU, YOU ALSO ARE TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER. BY THIS ALL PEOPLE WILL KNOW THAT YOU ARE MY DISCIPLES, IF YOU HAVE LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER.” ~John 13:34-35
This New Commandment given to the Church is one of many “One Another” statements found in Scripture. God’s Word is very clear and specific that we are to seek ways to lovingly serve one another. Congregational worship services and general fellowship are a vital aspect of biblical, healthy Church life. However, it is only in small, intentional groups that these “one anothers” can realistically be experienced, developed, and practiced.
What Should I Expect from a Conversation Group?
HOW ARE CONVERSATION GROUPS STRUCTURED?
Conversation Groups are designed to stay small. This usually means no more than 20 individuals.
Conversation Groups are designed to be intimate as well as inviting. Groups will maintain an “open chair” status. While groups will grow and deepen over time. Groups should be an inviting environment for new members and guest to visit and join.
Conversation Groups are lead and managed by 2 Co-Facilitators. Groups should never be about the desires and preferences of just one person. The role of the facilitators is to help direct the conversation and maintain an exciting and safe environment for people to love and serve one another.
Conversation Groups are not to be limited to any single demographic. Just like the Church our groups are designed to be diverse. We are united in the bond of Christ. Young or Old. Married or Single. White or Black. With or Without Kids. There is so much to be gained by experiencing life with people outside our immediate social barriers.
Five Aspects of an Effective Group
- CARE – Groups need to be a place where members know each other; where the joys and the sorrows of life are shared.
- SAFETY – Groups need to be a place where each individual is welcomed and everyone feels comfortable being themselves.
- AUTHENTICITY – Groups need to be a place where posturing and fronting decrease as honesty and vulnerability increase.
- GROWTH – Groups need to be a place where people are both encouraged and challenged to go deeper in their faith.
- HELP – Groups need to be a place where practical needs are actively being addressed.
WHAT ABOUT KIDS?
Conversation Groups are about honestly sharing the messiness of life. And for many of us that messiness certainly includes children. Groups that meet at the church will have Child-Care provided. Groups that meet in homes throughout the week will sometimes have Child Care and other times we just bring in the toys and bottles and crayons and share in the full experience together!
For more information about our Conversation Groups please send us an email!