WHAT ARE CARE GROUPS?
They are discipleship groups that are home-based groups designed to fulfill the great commission by making disciples through rhythmic practices of mission, discipleship and soul care.
Mission: Mission is the calling of the local Church to go make disciples of all nations as he did in Matthew 28:19–20.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that pI have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
We live in an age that is increasingly estranged from the Church and the Christian message. For various reasons from shame to just fear of the unknown, many people will never walk through the doors of a Church building. The only way to reach the next generations is to reach them where they are, just the way the apostolic Church did. We have found home-based fellowships that allow for questions and dialogue in a safe an affirming environment are particularly effective in reaching this generation.
Discipleship: This is our call to be formed to the image of Jesus. We need constant care. For all the airs we typically put on as people, at the end of the day, most of us are rather normal and very unsure about our relationship to God. Our discipleship groups are places where we work together to serve, encourage each other, and grow together.
Soul Care: In the last couple hundred years, the Church became increasingly sedentary. “The ministry” was something a handful of pastors/priests did for people who attended the Church once a week. The reality is that we need a lot more care as people than that? What about my struggles this week? What if I need help now. In one of our discipling groups, you and your family have a group of soul friends to help care for you and your family’s soul.