Last week we kicked off our sermon series which is exploring five marks of Christian community. These five marks are taken from the New Testament’s description of the earliest Christian community in Acts 2:42–47. In this passage, we learn that the earliest Christian community was devoted to five things: Bible study, fellowship, the breaking of bread, prayer, and reaching out. This passage also provides the vision for community groups here at Trinity Anglican Church. Community groups are groups that live out these five marks together.
Composed of six to twenty people, groups can meet anywhere: homes, offices, coffee shops, trailers, or church buildings. All groups are led by trained lay-leaders from the congregation who receive continued oversight and support from pastoral staff. Groups generally meet two to four times a month for Bible study, fellowship, prayer, and mission. Groups typically participate in monthly or quarterly service projects or outreach events, in place of a regular meeting. Groups also occasionally share a meal together. These groups provide a sanctuary and facilitate the formation of new friendships.
Community groups are places where we can be revitalized and strengthened as we seek to reflect the love of Jesus Christ. Our hope is that everyone who attends our church will be involved in a Community Group.
In order to make this happen, we need to launch several new community groups in 2017. This is why I am forming the first community group just for future leaders of community groups. My hope is to find 10 people who feel called to help lead 5 new community groups in the fall of 2017. These 10 individuals would form the first community group to practically learn how to lead a community group during the spring and summer of 2017. If you are interested in leading others to study Scripture, share life, break bread, pray, and reach out, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or sign up at the information table.