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.
If you look at the life of Jesus, he spent time with tax collectors, prostitutes, and Gentiles. He always met people where they were and never required people to clean up their life before he loved them. Just as Jesus did, we strive to create an environment where everyone feels like they belong.
Our groups provide a place where you can meet Jesus in a group where you are welcomed and accepted. When we provide an environment like this, we allow people the opportunity to experience Christ through the life-changing power of Gospel Community. Todd Engstrom would describe it this way, “The most persuasive argument for the Christian faith is the Christian community. The majority of conversations throughout church history have come not through argumentation, but through belonging to a meaningful community before belief is ever required.” By providing a place where people come just as they are, we help them meet Jesus just as He is.
Along with creating a welcoming and accepting place where you can meet Jesus personally, our Community Groups provide a place where you can know Jesus through His Word and His people. With Acts 2 as our example, we commit to reading and discussing the Word of God and enjoying fellowship with one another. As people encounter Jesus through His Word and His people, our members deepen their understanding of the Gospel. Some of the ways that we see this happen is through growing in spiritual disciplines, in the fruits of the spirit, and the “one another” statements. By providing a place where you can believe, we see people not just meet Jesus, but know him in a deeper and more personal way.
Lastly, our Community Groups provide a place where you can follow Jesus as you become who God designed you to be. Following Jesus looks different for each person because it involves using the unique gift set (skills, passions, personality) that God has given each person to honor God and make a difference. One of the strategic ways that our groups do this is by offering opportunities for people to move from merely consumers to contributors. Within any group, there are many different ways you can help: facilitating, hosting, coordinating, planning hangouts, and more. As a group member finds a place to belong and believe, we want them to begin to contribute within the group by using their unique gifts. The second way that group members can become who God designed them to be is by joining D-Groups where they can enter a season of accelerated spiritual transformation and disciple others.
Want some practical tips?
Below are podcasts on each of the “B’s.” Take a listen for practical advice on how you can create a life changing community where you can belong, believe, and become.