Spiritual growth flows out of two basic commitments:
1. A commitment to God and the Bible.
2. A commitment to significant Christian relationships.
Community Groups help development these significant relationships!
It is our goal to have everyone at Crossroads involved in a Community Group or a similar small group experience. While most Community Groups will be sermon based and study the text from the previous Sunday’s sermon, some will be special interest groups that focus on topics like marriage, parenting, and finances. We will also continue to have men’s and women’s groups, support groups and Sunday School groups.
The goal is to foster growing, Christ-centered relationships. People grow best in the context of relationships, and relationships happen best in small groups.
How Do Community Groups Work?
These Community Groups require a ten-week commitment and are comprised of 10-16 people. They meet weekly to share, study God’s Word and to support one another spiritually. The groups meet for ten weeks and are offered three times a year – fall, winter and spring (they follow the school calendar and take a break for the summer months.)
The goal is biblical community, where we live out the “one another’s” of the New Testament. While we acknowledge that relationships can’t be forced, we can provide an environment conducive to deeper spiritual relationships. After that, it’s up to the Holy Spirit to create a bond of friendship and a sense of community. When people study the Bible together, pray together and are closely connected to each other – life happens and God shows up!
For more information please contact Greg Strannigan at 503-415-0207 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Crossroads Church / Community Group FAQ’s
When and where do they meet?
Community Groups can meet anytime during the week throughout Portland and beyond. Most groups will be during the evening, but groups can meet during the day. Groups can meet in homes, or can meet at the church building during Sunday school or Wednesday nights to take advantage of childcare and the children’s/youth ministries that are offered at those times.
How long do they last?
Each Community Group season lasts 9-11 weeks. We will have fall, winter and spring sessions. You will have the first three weeks to attend the group to make sure it’s a good fit for you. At the end of each session, you will have the choice of staying in the same group, trying a new group, or even taking a break. Most groups will stay together for the entire school year and take a break during the summer.
What will we study?
Most of the studies are based upon the previous Sunday’s message. These sermon-based Community Groups are based upon a “Lecture-Lab” model. Imagine the weekend message to be a lecture on Christian living, and the Community Group is as the lab where you roll up your sleeves and discuss how the Biblical text works in real life. Each week there will be a series of Bible passages and questions to study before the meeting.
What does it cost?
Few things in life are free and Community Groups are no exception! The cost, in a word, is commitment. During the first meeting, each group will complete a “covenant” together. This simple form helps each group discuss their priorities and commitment. Part of that commitment is the promise to attend each week and to complete the homework as well as to attend the quarterly social and do one service project for the year. You have the first three weeks to decide if your group is a good fit for you.
When you join a Community Group, you’re promising to attend and be prepared each week. It’s this commitment that makes Community Groups work. We realize it’s a big commitment, but it only lasts for 9 - 11 weeks. At the end of each season, you have the choice of recommitting for another session, trying a new group, or taking a break from Community Groups altogether.
What about child care?
Community Groups are designed for adults. Our priority is to disciple adults, who will then disciple their children. We leave it up to each group to work out their own child care. Sometimes a group can have childcare in the same home that the group meets. Sometimes it works best for families of the group to arrange their own childcare. Sometimes families share a sitter or swap child care with another family whose Community Group meets on a different evening. We have children’s programming at the church building on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings during Sunday school.
How will I choose a group?
When selecting a group, we strongly recommend you choose a group based on its leader and Station-in-Life (common stage in life), rather than its location. Groups do best when members share a common Station-in-Life and other interests with their leaders, hosts, and other group members. In the end, you’ll find it’s worth the drive!
Examples of Station-in-Life groups: Singles, Young Marrieds, Young Families, Parents of Children K-6, Parents of Teens, Empty Nest, Senior Adults, Young Adults, Inter-generational groups (General), etc. These Station-in-Life groupings are intentionally kept fuzzy and are meant to help you self-select an appropriate group for you. They are not intended to box you in.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call the church, and we will gladly assist you. Keep in mind that it might take two or three groups before you find the perfect fit, but don’t worry, you’ll find it!
How do I sign up for a Community Group?
We will be identifying and training leaders in August, and taking sign-ups in September. A directory of groups and leaders will be available. Community Groups will start meeting at the end of September.
There will be three ways to sign up for a group - online, at our weekend services, or by calling the church office. During the weekend services, staff members and pastors are available to help you choose a group and answer any questions. A directory will be available with general information about each group. There are three sign-up weekends before the beginning of our Fall Quarter in September, and two sign-up weekends before our Winter Quarter in January and our Spring Quarter in April.