Emmaus Community Groups (CG’s) exist to see the people of Emmaus Church experience gospel-centered belonging, discipleship, care, and mission for the glory of God.
Belonging: CG’s help us know and be known. Our groups are on-going which allows for deep relationships to be built. Through stories (members sharing their life-story), confession, and fellowship, we get to know each other deeply. By knowing one another deeply we help our members to;
- Not feel alone throughout the week or in our worship gatherings
- To be unified with each other because knowledge of each other builds love and compassion for each other
Discipleship: CG’s aid Emmaus Church in discipling our members by providing opportunity for strategic discipleship to take place. This happens by;
- Sermon based conversations which help our members to apply the preached word to our believing and our living.
- Confession of sins which brings healing. Scripture tells us to confess our sins to each other so that we can be healed. Our CG’s are designed for the sermon discussion to draw our confession of sins (disbelief, doubt, fears, actions, apathy, disobedience, etc). As our members confess to one another we find life through confession and through the response of the group.
- Gospel response to each other. Ephesians tells the pastors to equip the saints for the work of the ministry (building one another up in the gospel to maturity in Christ). CG’s are designed so that the leader demonstrates and leads out in all the members responding to each other with the gospel so that we are all building each other up to the point of maturity. This means that confession of sin should be responded to with the grace of the gospel and with desire to help the confessor find freedom from said sin.
- Testimony of God’s grace. We not only want to confess our sins, but to celebrate God’s grace and goodness to us by telling each other how God’s moving in our lives.
Care: CG’s are the primaryway that Emmaus Church cares for our people. Each CG is served by a deacon who takes the lead role in serving the members of that group. Whether you are having a baby, are experiencing sickness, are in need of financial help, or are celebrating something in life, your CG will walk with you and care for you in your journey. Your mission in your CG is to be focused on caring for the needs of the others in your group.
“Don’t be in a community group so that your needs can be met, but so you can meet needs.”
Mission: CG’s are given opportunities to partner together in mission to our city! From block parties at your host home, to outreach projects with refugees, or supporting group members in ways that they are seeking to declare and display the gospel in our city, being a part of a CG gives you opportunity to be on mission together.
The Setting: CG’s meet regularly in homes throughout our city. A typical meeting lasts for 2 hours and includes food, fellowship, prayer, and discussion. Groups regularly take a break from the normal to have an all fellowship night, an outing for an event, etc in order to just have fun with each other.
Kids: Each CG is responsible for its own childcare. Some of our groups rotate their members through watching the children and others chip in to pay for childcare.
Should You Join a Community Group
- Are you a covenant member of Emmaus? Then yes, you have covenanted with us to be active in community through CG’s.
- Do you believe that Emmaus is the church that you should call home? Then consider joining a CG to dive deeper into the faith-family called Emmaus. (And plan to attend the next Membership Weekend to begin the process of membership
- Are you signed up for or planning to attend Membership Weekend? Then join a community group! Groups are required for members.
- Are you simply looking for a Bible study to be a part of? We would say that CG’s are not the next step for you. We’d love to have you join us for one of our classes that we offer instead. (Examples from Fall 2018: Introduction to Theology, How to Read the Bible, Gospel Parenting, Women’s Mentoring Study, Men’s Retreat
- Are you still looking around at churches and not yet ready to make Emmaus your church home? Then we’d recommend that you not join a group yet as they are designed for commitment to each other.