Just as God is a community of persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), being made in His image means we were made to flourish in community together. In community you can know and be known, love and be loved, and serve and be served. It is an opportunity to enjoy and embody the gospel together. Enjoying community together in smaller groups was a vital strategy for Christ in His own ministry and was a very effective means of strengthening each other and advancing the kingdom in the early church (Acts 2:46-47). This year each group will study the Word of God in the book of Romans together.
Find A Group
Along with coming to Sunday worship, we encourage everyone to participate in a Community Group in order to experience the joy of life together. Please prayerfully consider which group your family would like to register for based on your location, availability, meal, and childcare needs.
Groups will begin meeting the week of September 10, 2023, and end the week of April 28, 2024, with a break during the holidays. Scroll down to check out our frequently asked questions about Community Groups.
Community Groups are intentional communities designed around three things:
1) Growing in our knowledge and understanding of God’s word, 2) Deepening our relationships with Jesus Christ and each other, and 3) Serving each other and our communities. They meet weekly in homes for a time of fellowship, Bible study, and prayer (Roughly 1.5-2hrs).
Community is not an optional piece of the Christian life, but it is what we were created for and is modeled after the triune nature of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. One of God’s promises throughout the Bible is that He will call a people for himself that they would be “his inheritance” (Ephesians 1:18) If you are united to Jesus Christ by faith, you belong to him and are now made part of the glorious kingdom of which “there will be no end” (Luke 1:33). As part of this kingdom, you are united to other believers, through Christ. Without Christ, there is no Christian community!
When believers gather together, God promises to do extraordinary things through ordinary means – gathering, reading his Word, praying. Community Groups are an invitation to the very thing that we were created for, “Glorifying God and enjoying Him forever” (WSC #1). We need one another to live in light of this reality. Life in Christ is life together.
The week of September 10, 2023.
We aim to keep group sizes around 15 people but some groups may be more or less
Church Center is Good Shepherd’s information and communication hub for our community groups (along with many other facets of church life). Please go ahead and download the app to connect with your group. Your Leader/Host will help you navigate this tool if you have questions.
Groups meet at church members’ homes throughout the area on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights.
Several of our community groups offer childcare at the church. Whether a group is offering childcare or not is listed on the group’s page. Each group will have at least 2 babysitters already screened (background checks) by the church. Many of our sitters are already apart of our church community. Plan to feed your kids before dropping off each week.
If a group is full, reach out to the Leader or Host. We will work to get you plugged into that specific group or another one that meets your needs.