This section focuses on the WHO: Our Roles. Instead of sending out one individual or a couple, we would rather start a Community Group as a team. This allows for there to be shared responsibility of the group which helps each individual to have nights where he or she can receive, not just give.
Also, Community Groups are not a group of people with a gifted leader, but a leader with a group of gifted people. We want to create opportunities for people to use their gifts to contribute to the group. However big or small the contribution may be, we want people to not just think about what can I receive from the group, but what can I give.
Below are four different roles that we recommend for our groups. This is not an exact science, but an art. Certain individuals may lead in two roles or multiple people may help facilitate the discussion weekly. We just don’t want one person doing all four roles.
Despite having the last name Green, I did not inherit a green thumb. If a plant needs any maintenance, you can guarantee that I will be replacing a dead plant with a more low maintenance one in the coming months. With that said, I do understand the most basic responsibility of gardening: water the plant.
In our front yard, we have two hydrangeas. Without rain, these plants quickly go from big leaves and pretty blossoms to withered and droopy. To revive these plants, you don’t need to address the withered leaves or the dying blossoms but instead, address the roots. By simply watering the roots, the plant perks up and the once withered leaves become full. The principle is simple. If you want the plant to bear fruit, you have to take care of the roots.
Focusing first on the roots, not the fruit is the most basic agricultural principle. In the Christian life, it’s just as essential, but often we are not trained as a farmer to start at the roots. Much like a plant, when we feel that our leaves are withering or that we are not producing fruit, we need to first inspect our roots.
At The Chapel, we define our Community Groups as life-changing communities where you can belong, believe, and become. This statement doesn’t just function as our definition, but as our strategy.
Belong: Provide a place where you can meet Jesus in a group where you are welcomed and accepted.
Believe: Provide a place where you can know Jesus through His Word and His people.
Become: Provide a place where you can follow Jesus as you become who God designed you to be.
The three B’s are placed in an intentional progressive order. Today, as more people are looking for a safe, non-judgmental place where they can investigate their faith, belonging precedes belief and belief precedes becoming. Secondly, the statement mirrors our mission statement: To Help People Meet, Know, and Follow Jesus. Each “B” focuses on providing the environment that will help bring about a specific aspect of their relationship with Jesus. Below we unpack each one of these.