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Why Groups?

(Photo: First small group from which our congregation was formed)

Call to prayer for Discipleship and Life Groups

What is your Personal Mission Field? Don't you want to know? Go here.

Go here for Pastor Ken Rosentrater's overview sermon on our developing vision for DiscipleshIp and Life Groups.

You can go here for Pastor Ken's sermon called "That They Might Be With Him" on the Biblical underpinnings of Discipleship and Life Groups.

Video: Some people told us what they have seen God do in their life group.

Go here to see a PDF document listing our life groups.

Go here to see the online listings of life groups.

Go here to inquire about or join a group.

Here you can see archives of our weekly Leader Letter for Disciplers and Life Group Leaders.

Chapel by the Sea has sponsored cell groups or home care groups for many years. They have contributed greatly to the lives of people and the strength of congregational life. There are multiple stories of the grace and blessing of God in these encounters. Yet, there is something lacking.

We believe God is leading us to deepen our understanding of living in community with Jesus and with one another. We believe what Jesus said, "By this shall all men know you are my disciples, if you love one another." Love can only be practiced in community. By community we mean something more than a group that meets once a week, says a quick prayer, gets into the Bible study for a set time, then parts ways until next event. Their purpose is to "image Christ", as Brad House repeatedly states in his book, "Community".

We are coming to better understand that life groups are not peripheral to the life of the congregation, but are an essential expression of the gospel of Jesus. We are coming to understand that life groups must include not just mutual care, which is indeed essential, but also worship and mission.

We are in the process of shifting our thinking about small groups. They will be ongoing, even as we are in the process. Be watching and listening for opportunities to Own The Mission.

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