SPRING MEADOWS COMMUNITY GROUPS
While some congregations may have Community Groups, our congregation is Community Groups. They are the primary place for pastoral care at Spring Meadows. They are also the chief means by which the following are accomplished: assimilation of new members, accountability and discipleship, leadership development, gift identification, evangelism and outreach, service and ministry to felt needs, and communication. Therefore, we hope that a great majority of Spring Meadows members and attendees will be involved in a Community Group.
“I tell you the truth,” Jesus said, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for Me and the Gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, fields – and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life.” Mark 10:29-30
When Jesus made this statement He was talking about the church. In that statement we are reminded that what matters most in life are relationships. And that is what the church is all about: relationship—with God and with one another. It is our great privilege and our great responsibility to engage in such relationships with zest and delight. At Spring Meadows, the chief opportunity to cultivate and develop such relationships is in our Community Groups.
WHAT IS A COMMUNITY GROUP?
Community Groups are gatherings of 6 to 12 people meeting in individual apartments and homes throughout the city during the week. In Community Groups, a primary Christian community is developed and fostered. People are nurtured, equipped and released for God’s work in the world. Community Groups also provide an opportunity for intimacy, mutual support, practical love and service, learning about the Christian faith, prayer, and sharing of what God is doing in our midst. All groups are led by trained lay-leaders from the congregation who are given continued oversight and support.
Spring Meadows’ Community Groups provide systematic pastoral care for the entire congregation, to enable personal and corporate spiritual growth.
Individual groups develop a primary Christian community where Jesus Christ is experienced in his presence and power. They are communities where His Spirit ministers to each person so that everyone is cared for and encouraged to lead a God-pleasing life. They are communities through which Christ works to transform the lives of the individuals, the small communities themselves, and the larger communities of which the group is a part.
1. A Place for Fellowship and Pastoral Care
Christian Fellowship can be defined as seeking to share with others what God has made known to you while letting them share what they know of Him. This becomes a means of finding strength, refreshment and instruction for one’s own soul. The Scriptures give us numerous commands concerning how we should interact in fellowship with one another. We are told to encourage one another, serve one another, rejoice and weep with one another, correct, instruct, sing to, build up, accept and love one another. There is no better way to put yourself in a position to fulfill these commands than by becoming part of a Community Group.
These groups also serve as a primary way to keep the leadership aware of pastoral concerns and troubles facing our members that might otherwise remain hidden.
2. A Place to Discover Christianity
Community Groups are a place where individuals who are seeking truth can be invited and encouraged to enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ. In addition, they serve as a place where we can remind one another of our call to share the Gospel and pray for those with whom we are sharing good news that God has reconciled Himself to us in Jesus Christ.
Because these groups are expected to be reaching out to seekers and inviting newcomers in the church to join them, they must have a vision for multiplying new groups and developing new leadership.
3. A Place from Which Gifts Are Exercised
The church is sometimes compared to a football stadium where you find 22 people who desperately need a rest and thousands of people who desperately need exercise. Community Groups are a place where spiritual gifts are discovered and exercised within the group itself, within the larger church, and to the world. They are a place where a vision for ministry and service are developed.
Where do we have community groups?
We have community groups located through out the valley.
There currently 5 groups:
You’ll find one in Summerlin (reach out to Guy Williams for more details), one on the east (reach out to Bob Summers for more details) side of the city, another in Henderson (reach out to Paul Forrester for more details), another in center city (reach out to Dan Phillips for more details), and a final one located in the northern part of the valley (Reach out to Keith Turner for more details).