Family Groups

WHAT IS OUR VISION FOR FAMILY GROUPS?

Our vision is to lead people in a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.  Family Groups support this vision by providing opportunities for fellowship, for prayer and for discovering God’s Word together. In Family Groups you are encouraged to live out the truths you discover in the bible while helping others to do the same.

One way life change happens is in community with other believers.

WHY ARE FAMILY GROUPS IMPORTANT?

Recognizing people’s need for meaningful connections and that sustained life change takes place in the context of intentional relationships, we want people to be growing in community with other believers. We believe a person who is continuing to mature in his faith is meaningfully and regularly connecting with other believers. We need one another for mutual encouragement and accountability.

Maturing believers are people who are growing in community with other believers, spending time together, encouraging one another, and supporting one another.

HOW ARE FAMILY GROUPS STRUCTURED?

A small group is typically made up of three to six families who meet regularly during the week to share their lives, support one another through prayer, and study biblical truths. Each group has a host and a leader (or one person may host and lead). Groups meet in different locations around Ocala. Groups meet bi-monthly during evening hours. Our goal is to accommodate the different needs of those in our church by offering a variety of options.

Some groups may have a time of fellowship, prayer, Bible or book study, discussion, and life application. Other groups may choose to focus primarily on fellowship and prayer. Our desire is that meaningful relationships will be formed.

HOW DO I FIND A FAMILY GROUP?

Find a group that suit your schedule and interests and contact the leaders to get more information about the group. After you get directions and details, just show up and check it out!

WHAT ARE THE EXPECTATIONS FOR LEADERS?

Our Family Group leaders create environments for people to develop and grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ.

We expect the following of small group leaders. They must

  • have a personal, growing relationship with Jesus Christ
  • be members in good standing
  • consistent in church attendance
  • be prepared to study and prepare content coordinated and approved by elders
  • lead the group by facilitating the group meeting, monitoring its health and promoting participation among the group members
  • communicate regularly with the church leadership about pastoral issues
  • be willing to create an open culture, and accept new members
  • generally care for the group
  • facilitate discipling relationships
  • identify and develop future group leaders
  • attend quarterly training events

HOW DO WE TRAIN LEADERS?

Every quarter, we hold a small group training session, each of which is devoted to a particular topic. The types of topics which would be covered include

  • how to lead an inductive Bible study
  • how to build community
  • how to facilitate discipling relationships
  • how to lead a book study
  • small group evangelism and mission
  • how to raise up new leaders

CONCLUSION

As our church grows, small group leaders increasingly do important ministry and pastoral care. It becomes impossible for the pastors and elders to know everyone in the church. Small group leaders have the privilege to help facilitate and equip the only group in the body that can adequately shepherd the whole body, and that’s the body itself.