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).
Along with coming to Sunday worship, we encourage everyone to participate in a Community Group in order to experience the joy of life together. Our Fall 2021 Community Groups will begin the week of September 12. Please prayerfully consider which group your family would like to register for and be on the lookout for registrations to open on August 29. The group sizes will be limited to 10-15 adults.
Find A Group
View Community Groups Info & Availability Below. Each group will discuss the previous week’s sermon.
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 12th
All of our in-person groups will be capped at 10-15 people.
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 Athens on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights.
Our desire is that people would feel the freedom to wear masks or not wear masks in our groups and feel equally welcomed. Our goal is not to judge others’ motives, convictions, or opinions but to “serve one another in love ” (Galatians 5:13). We do have one group that requires masks.
Most community groups offer childcare; either on-site or at a house nearby. 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/Host. We’ve intentionally capped groups at 15. Some groups have a little more room than others and may have additional space, yet it is not guaranteed. If all of the groups are full, and there is still a need, we will work to create an extra group.
If you have any additional questions please email our Community Group coordinator Ryan Vangsnes.