our community group philosophy of ministry
Every community has a mission.
Every mission has a community.
We embrace the church’s identity as sent. Jesus told the earliest leaders of the church, “As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you” (John 20:21).
Jesus sent a community. So every expression of the church should be missional, and every missional effort should have a core group of Jesus followers behind it.
What is the church’s mission?
In their book The Faith of Leap: Embracing a Theology of Risk, Adventure & Courage, Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch write,
The kingdom of Jesus is an alternative way of living in the world. It’s marked by devotion to God and sacrificial love for our neighbors.
We believe mission is the greatest crucible for both community and individual formation.
Mission bonds us together as we pursue common causes with each other in service to others.
Mission stretches our faith to believe God can and will bring new life and hope to the world.
read more on community and mission
To go deeper into community and the church’s mission, we recommend these books.
Discipleship That Fits: The Five Kinds of Relationships God Uses to Help Us Grow
by Bobby William Harrington, Alex Absalom
The Search to Belong: Rethinking Intimacy, Community, and Small Groups
by Joseph R. Myers
The Church as Movement: Starting and Sustaining Missional-Incarnational Communities
by JR Woodward and Dan White Jr.
Untamed: Reactivating a Missional Form of Discipleship
by Alan Hirsch and Debra Hirsch
The Faith of Leap: Embracing a Theology of Risk, Adventure & Courage
by Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch