Never been part of a connection group? Here’s what you can expect.
First, some basics. Come on time with a Bible, pen and notes from the weekend’s message, and get ready for a refreshing two hours. If you don’t have any of these things though, no problem – we’re flexible.
No need to ring the doorbell, just knock briefly and come on in as the group will already be beginning to gather. Expect around 10-12 people by the time the group meeting starts. The first 15 minutes will probably include some chitchat and snacks, moving eventually from the kitchen to the living room. If you didn’t have time to eat supper before you got there, don’t be afraid to grab a little extra — no one is judging you.
With food in hand, the next 30 minutes of our connection groups are often spent recounting stories, giving updates from the past week, and praying for one another. A number of our groups split men and women or break the group into smaller groups to make this time as intimate and personal as possible. Be open, share life with your new friends, and know that you are known, valued and loved.
The remaining 75 minutes of the group is devoted to opening the Bible together and applying the weekend’s message to life. As a church, we really value sermon-based connection groups because they encourage application of God’s Word instead of simply growth in knowledge. It is within this context that you can ask questions, wrestle with God’s truths and be encouraged week after week to continue to conform to the image of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18).
As God does His work in maturing members of our connection groups, new leaders will emerge, new groups will begin and new people will get connected. It is through connection groups that our church grows in vibrancy, in numbers, in relational depth and best of all — in joy in Christ.