…for the glory of Christ and the good of the city” is central to everything we do at community church. This means that discipleship is not an optional add-on piece for only those who want to grow. Our identity as followers of Jesus means we are his disciples, following him, and learning to trust him more as we are committed to God’s purposes in the world. This means that in every season, the process through which we seek to follow Jesus more means that we seek to be intentionally engaging in both being discipled as well as discipling others. When Jesus invites us to be his disciples, he also gives us a calling to turn and seek to make disciples in our families, neighborhoods, and cities. So, therefore it is our response to invite everyone at community church to be engaged in at least one intentional relationship with one another(s) where we are growing one step closer to Jesus, together!
There are a number of domains that discipleship happens in the life of our ‘body’ including; congregational worship, Sunday school, small groups, triads, 1on1’s, mentors, families, and personal devotions. These are not in tension – but they are part of a robust and diverse desire as a body to seek to follow and trust Jesus more. For this season, we believe the primary mechanism our local body is called to pursue discipleship through are small groups. If you haven’t joined an intentional relationship yet – why not?
Are you new to the church? Have you been around for a while but want to get more connected? A new season of small groups at Community Church has started up again this fall, and if you haven't had the chance to get connected to a small group yet, this is a great time to jump in! There are a variety of groups that meet here in Gloucester and across the North Shore. If you are considering being a part of a small group, check out the Fall Small Groups Schedule to see all of this season's active groups.
For those who may be new to the church, new to small groups, or haven’t been connected with a group in a while, Pastor Jake will once again be hosting our "Parsonage Small Group" on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 pm in the parsonage living room. We will meet each week from September 26 through November 15. The group will share life and follow along with the Ezra sermon series as we dig a little deeper in some of the Bible texts. We look forward to getting to know one another and encouraging each other as disciples of Jesus!