Why Growth Groups?
At Peace Church, Growth Groups are the ground zero for discipleship. Within these communities, individuals and couples establish patterns of life that lead us into a deeper relationship with God, his Church, and his Mission in the world.
The Word of God that is preached on Sundays and communicated through all our programming is integrated into our everyday lives. Along the way, we become more and more conformed to the image of Jesus Christ.
The Christian life was never meant to be static. Our salvation should define how we live here and now, not just where we go when we die. Scripture describes the journey of salvation as being “conformed” to the image of Jesus Christ. Jesus called this process “discipleship.” Therefore, our church’s mission is to make disciples. Growth Groups are essential to that mission. Why?
- Because Growth Groups allow the time and space for the Word Preached to become the Word Lived out.
- Because disciples can only be formed in the context of accountable relationships.
- Because Growth Groups allow people to move from being consumers to being creative contributors in the spiritual growth of fellow Christians.
- Because the Spirit-filled life of the Kingdom mission is best experienced in the context of authentic, face-to-face relationships.
At Peace Church, Kingdom community will only happen if we do it on purpose. In the last few years, we have moved from being a small, to medium, to large-sized church. We are well on our way to becoming a very large church. As our family grows, we want to insure that disciples are formed in the context of caring, missional community. That will happen through our Growth Groups.
Growth Groups center on applying Scripture, self-defined accountability, growth in prayer, care, service, and mission. We believe that the life of a true disciple should be defined and lived out within the Growth Group. These groups should become a community that works together to foster personal growth and active engagement in our church family and local community. By pooling energy, time and resources, these groups should be a place where people experience what Kingdom life is all about.
In short, a Growth Group is where the things we read about in the Bible are lived out in our everyday lives.
Growth Groups happen when a group of people are brought together with the leadership of someone equipped by our Peace Church pastors. They often begin as a group of acquaintances (or sometimes even strangers) and are called to become an authentic community. This happens as groups meet at least twice each month, follow a pattern of life together, and seek to establish real relationships that spill outside regular group meetings and into everyday life.