Neighborhood Groups are small gatherings of people who meet together in neighborhoods throughout Northeast Florida. They are a great way to connect with others around your community and grow spiritually. Groups meet weekly to dig deeper into scripture, grow in relationships with each other, and make an impact in their local community. They are an exciting way to do life with others and live out the greatest commandment “to love your Neighbor as yourself”.
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Below are the most frequently asked questions regarding Neighborhood Groups.
At Christ’s Church, we encourage all people to help each other become better followers of Jesus. One of the ways we accomplish this is through what we call “T-Groups.” The T stands for transformation which describes the process or activity of changing something or someone to a better state. And Group refers to 2 or more persons who come together for a common purpose. So T-Groups are 2-5 men or 2-5 women who meet regularly for the purpose of helping each other become better Christ-followers by reading the Bible, praying, and by addressing the important matters of everyday Christian life. How do I form or join a T-Group?It’s actually pretty easy. 1. First, you find or join with any 1-4 other people of the same gender who agree to meet regularly to help each other become better Christ-followers. 2. Agree on a day, time & place to meet regularly, on a weekly Bible reading, and on the real life questions to ask of one another. 3. Read & study the Bible. When you read the Bible, three good questions you can always ask are: What did this Scripture mean when it was written? What is the timeless truth behind what God is saying? How does it apply now to me?4. It's important to address the serious matters of life by asking real life questions of one another. Questions are available on the CC APP under the "Hoods" icon or below. 5. Finally let us know you’re meeting as a T-Group by notifying us of your day/time/place at TGroups@Christs.Church
Feel free to choose & utilize any combination of these accountability questions to help each other in your common pursuit of becoming a better follower of Jesus. I WANT TO BE A PERSON OF FAITH
I WANT TO BE A PERSON OF FAMILY
I WANT TO BE A PERSON OF INTEGRITY
I WANT TO BE A PERSON OF INFLUENCE
I WANT TO BE A PERSON OF HONESTY
• What’s the difference between “small groups” and Neighborhood Groups? Neighborhood Groups are held in your neighborhood connecting with all ages and all stages of life. Allowing you to minister to each other in unique ways regularly based on the fact that you do life together in a common place. The opposite of affinity groups. (similar interests) • What do we study? Groups will be provided relevant questions that are scripturally based to study for each session. By supplying this curriculum groups will be on the same page, moving in the same direction, focused on the mission of Christ’s Church. • Since curriculum is only supplied for a few sessions a year, what do we do for the remaining part of the year? “Neighborhoods” is not seasonal, it’s a lifestyle. With this in mind, in between sessions some groups check with their Neighborhood Pastor for additional studies. Other options are: helping your neighbors, having cookouts, service projects, holiday activities, and making other connections through life. • What do we do about children in our Neighborhood Group? Most likely there will be families in your group that have children. Every group needs to work together to come up with mutually acceptable solutions for how they will handle children in their group. Group Leaders will have access to additional resources and ideas for children in groups. (Remember it’s 6-8 sessions for only 90 minutes) • What if my house is too small? Too small is relative, but if it’s too tight then birth a new group by adding a “Host” home. God gives us everything we have to use for His glory. • What if our house isn’t kid friendly? Mark 10:14 Jesus answers this best. HE said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these little children.” • How many people should be in a group? Groups will vary in size, the important things to remember are: If your group is small in size don’t give up, gear up! If your group seems too large, remember they are never full, and it might be time to launch a new group. Neighborhoods goal is always to be reaching new Neighbors. • How does “Neighborhoods” cover gender specific discussions and non co-ed discipleship? This is where T-Groups (non co-ed accountability) Transformation Groups are made. A T-Group is made up of three or four people committed to spiritual growth and personal accountability. The goal is to be more like Christ and make more disciples, better disciples.
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