And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
(Acts 2:42 ESV)
Small Group Ministry - People Look to be in Community.
Although it is the major events that take the headlines, it is usually the individual relationships and conversations that can have life-changing implications. When I think back on my life, I always point back toward relationships with a few key mentors and the friendships cultivated in a handful of men’s and couples’ groups.
At FPC, it is in Small Groups that people get the opportunity to build deep relationships and live life together in community. From these smaller groups, it is easier to mobilize to serve Yakima, doing service projects and interacting with others who have not yet met Jesus. Our Small Groups also provide a venue where we can invite people who do not know Jesus. Many people are scared to step foot in a church but they are more than willing to come to someone’s home. Most non-Christians want to see Christians interact for several months in a small setting before making a commitment to believe in Jesus and have him transform their lives.
So where are we going with our Small Groups? First, we need to be inwardly strong in our focus on Jesus and scripture. Second, we need to be outwardly focused, inviting others into our existing small groups. If you are not connected, let me know and I would be happy to place you in a new or existing group. Last, we strive to train up new leaders who desire to learn what it means to lead a Small Group and be on the front line where people get to know who Jesus truly is.
God has wonderfully made us all different, and our small groups reflect our individuality. But in the end, the goal is to make disciples of Jesus Christ. My prayer is that we would be focused not only on sharing the saving Gospel of Jesus, but training disciples and in turn, replicating these groups and planting them in other portions of our community. Talk to me about what God has put on your heart.
To God be the Glory!
If you would like more information on Small Groups, please call Erik Mickelson at 248-7940x125 or email Erik.Mickelson@FPCYakima.com