Authentically connecting people to God, others, and all people
Our vision for the future is a more loving world. People will be able to easily access authentic communities that embody intentional belonging, spiritual growth, and compassion for all people.
What are Connect Groups?
Groups of about 8-12 people that meet at least 2 times a month to connect authentically, and to practice following Jesus together. Rather than presenting ourselves as how we think we should, authenticity means being honest about who we are, strengths, weaknesses, and everything in between. The more we share our burdens, failures, and weaknesses, the more we are humbly following Christ, and can find and promote support, healing, and growth.
John 1:5 “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
James 5:16 “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”
Galatians 6:2 “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
Example Connect Group Session
Refreshments - 10-15 minutes beforehand.
People will arrive and get comfortable.
Sharing -15 minutes
Everyone will catch up on their week. Our hope here is that people will feel safe to share how they are REALLY doing.
Faith Discussion and Faith in Action - 20-30 Minutes
This is when you delve into your faith topic. This is a time to reflect, ask questions, and discuss how the faith topic relates to your life. It is extra good if your group can challenge each other to follow through with your discussed application.
Prayer – 5-10 Minutes
Maybe one person will lead prayer, maybe everyone will have a turn.
Faith in Action
If time allows, have fun or find something kind to do a as a group.