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"And day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house,
they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart…"
Engage Groups seek to develop deeper relationships between each other and with God through fellowship, prayer, growth, worship, and outreach. So, the twofold purpose of small groups is to:
1) Experience community, and 2) Expand community.
We strive to be a church of small groups, not simply a church with small groups.
At the heart, Engage Groups should be a community of people sharing their lives with one another. Community is much more than conversing over a lesson (that is called a Bible study). Community is an experience among people where true fellowship takes place. Thus, Engage Groups should be a place where people can share themselves (their needs, hurts, struggles, praises, etc.) for the purpose of allowing God to use others to meet those needs and minister to them. Community is about fellowship with one another and God. So, in Engage Groups, we try to stimulate community by praying together, eating together, talking and discussing spiritual matters, encouraging one another to reach out to others, doing ministry, sharing life together, and much more.
One of the best ways for God to bless a church is through small groups (what we call Engage Groups.) The Scriptures say, "the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved." –Acts 2:47b. This follows a very important picture of the early church functioning with two wings – "with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house." Outreach can be incredibly effective our Engage Groups. In a small group, it is easier to challenge individuals, and it is a less threatening environment for people to begin.