Community Groups are the heartbeat of Generation Church. Generation Church began on Monday nights in the fall of 2013. We would eat together, sing together and spend time studying and applying God’s word for our church plant. Our hope was that we would be a local church not just on Sunday but throughout the week. This continues to be our hope and mission as we aim to have Christ centered relationships flourishing and disciples made through Generation Church.
When the church started in the book of Acts, it didn’t start as a new religion, but rather as a movement. Instead, there were small groups of people living deeply in community who shared a belief that was radically different than any other belief in the world. They believed that Jesus was God, that he was murdered for claiming to be God and rose from the dead signifying that he is God and Lord of all as the Savior of the world.
Community groups should not be an alternative for authentic Biblical community where people do life together, meet each other’s needs, care for one another, hold each other accountable and love one another well. True Biblical Community cannot be accomplished only through structured meetings every week…they must be a lifestyle. Community Groups are designed to enhance the Holy Spirit’s work of building the body of Christ in community.
Living in community is one of the foundational desires of our church. A community group is a group of 6 to 15 adults (and families, in some cases) who gather weekly or every-other-week in a home to build one another up and grow in their faith.
Our Four Community Group Distinctive’s
A Community Group is a group of believers who live and experience life together like a family. God is their heavenly Father because of their faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ and the new life provided by the working of the Holy Spirit. A Community Group seeks to love each other well, by knowing each other’s stories, strengths and struggles in regards to belief in the gospel and it’s application to all of life (John 1:11-13; Romans 12:10-16; Ephesians 5:1-2).
Just like Jesus, we are all sent by the Spirit to fulfill the Great Commission and to share the gospel- the “good news” of Jesus. A Community Group is made up of Spirit-led and Spirit-filled people who structure their lives around the mission of making disciples. This means people’s schedule, resources and decisions are now built around reaching people together (Matthew 3:16-4:1; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; 13:2).
Jesus is Lord and we are his Servants. A Community Group serves those around them as though they are serving Jesus. A Community Group serves in such a way that it demands a Gospel explanation — lives that cannot be explained in any other way than by the Gospel of the Kingdom of Jesus (Matthew 20:25-28; John 13:1-17; Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Peter 2:16).
We are all learners of Jesus who has given us his Spirit to teach us all that is true about Himself and enable us to live out his commands. Jesus commanded us to make disciples who believe the gospel, are established in a new identity and are able to obey all of his commands (Matthew 28:19-20).
The Community Group is a great context in which this can begin to happen. Disciples are made and developed: 1) through life on life, where there is visibility and accessibility, 2) in community, where they can practice the loving, serving, and building-up of one another, & 3) on mission where they learn how to live out the gospel and make disciples.
*These four distinctives have been adapted for Generation Church by Jeff Vanderstelt
Community Groups | December 2016 Schedule
Monday | South Kingstown – 6:45pm | Lew and Tonia Hassell | Thassell@verizon.net
Tuesday | Wickford – 6:30 | Rick and Kelly Ferris | KellyDFerris@gmail.com
Tuesday | Narragansett | 6:30 | Rob and Marileen Mushen | Robmushen@gmail.com
Tuesday | Westerly | 6pm | Justin and Shauna Mink | Shagert@gmail.com
Sunday | URI | 6pm | Stephen@generationchurchri.org