The Refuge believes that being a part of a church consists of more than weekly attendance at corporate worship. The week is as important as the weekend. The church consists of a covenant body that lives life together by caring for one another, bears one another’s burdens, and seeks to help each grow in conformity to Christ. This means, like the early church, we must spend more than a couple hours a week together if we are going to know each other well enough to carry out these responsibilities. One of the ways we will foster this kind of interaction is through smaller groups that meet weekly to carry out biblical community. It is also our desire that intentional mission will take place through our Community Groups.
Discipleship happens in relationships.
The week is as important as the weekend.
We are not a church that does Community Groups. We are a church of Community Groups.
Stay where you are, serve where you live, let’s be the church in your community.
WHAT IS A COMMUNITY GROUP?
A Community Group is a smaller expression and extension of our church, and is primarily the environment where the implications of the gospel are put into action with an emphasis on people living in community and on mission.
Community Groups FAQ
How often do Community Groups meet?
At least every other week.
Why don’t they meet every week?
We want to create space in our member’s schedules to be in discipling relationships (DNA Groups) and to serve the local church.
Who will lead these groups?
There is a role for men and women in leader roles at TCC. Men will lead groups of other men, families and mixed gender groups. While women will lead other women and single women’s groups. We will have a high standard for those who will be leading groups. In addition to the leader there can be an organizer for communication, logistics, sitters, and social activities. Another pillar of each group will be the host family. They will be responsible for creating a clean, safe and warm environment for groups.
How long will groups be?
Groups will be around 2 hours depending on the activity or the needs of the group.
How big will each group be?
Each group will be different. An ideal group is 10-12 adults plus kids.
What will group dynamics look like?
Groups will have a large range of demographics. Some groups will be arranged by geography and some will be arranged by age and stage. Our hope is that some groups will also be multi-generational, multi-racial, as well as socio-economically diverse.
What content will groups use for discussion?
Community groups will follow a sermon-guided discussion model. The idea of groups is to expound on the previous weeks message and give personal application.
How will groups change and multiply?
We will ask all groups to always be willing to let new people into their groups. We believe that a true sending culture always refocuses back on the mission. We also realize that deep community is necessary, so this process will be case by case and will not be forced. Church leaders will constantly be assessing the needs and desires of the group.