Community Groups

Becoming more like Jesus together

Community Groups exist to become more like Jesus together through regular gathering, shared devotion, and sacrificial love.

GroupLink | Aug 21

Are you ready to connect to a Community Group? Review the Community Groups map and then click your campus below to complete a short form that will help us get you connected! 

Looking for community?

 Read the How Do I Get Connected section of this page! 

Why does mercy have community groups?

The gospel not only offers us eternal reconciliation with the Father; it also invites us into eternal community with others (Ephesians 2:13-14). Following Jesus means walking with other followers (Philippians 1:27), loving the Father requires loving brothers and sisters (1 John 4:21), and becoming like Christ involves belonging to a church (Ephesians 4:4-16).

At Mercy Church, community group is the main context in which we practice this fellowship. Community groups exist to become more like Jesus together through shared devotion, regular gathering, and sacrificial love.

 

what should I expect?

Community groups are small gatherings of people of all different ages, genders, and life stages. Each group meets one night per week for Bible study, prayer, and mutual encouragement. These groups also care for one another throughout the week as needs arise!

 

how do I get connected?

All of our groups are currently full, but we do have a waitlist and are connecting people as quickly as we can! Below are the steps to joining a Community Group:

1. Attend Starting Point (You must attend Starting Point to join a Community Group). Check the News & Events page to see when our next Starting Point will be!
2. 
Click the Next Steps button at the top of this page, or click here to be redirected to our Next Steps page. Choose the form for your campus and indicate you’d like to take your Next Step of joining a group.
3. If no groups are currently open, you’ll receive an email from us with the Community Group waitlist form. After this form is submitted, you’ll be added to the waitlist.

interested in leading A community group?

QUALIFICATIONS FOR community GROUP LEADERS | FAITH ACRONYM

F – Faithful | Must be a Faithful Covenant Member
If you are already a member of an existing Community Group, you must have been a faithful member of that Community Group.

A – Available | Responsible and Available for the Mission of God
Community Group Leaders should be organized, consistent, and diligent to follow through. While leading a community group is much more than administration, it does require you to communicate with members, prepare for group meetings, and follow up on the needs of members. Thus, in most cases, those who are in a particularly unstable season of life should not apply for group leadership.

I – Initiative | Must Self-Feed and Self-Lead
Make your daily, living connection with Jesus Christ a priority—being in community with Him is the foundation for all communities.

T – Teachable | Must be Able to Take Correction and Receive Feedback
Leaders must be open to constructive corrections from Groups staff and group members.

H – Heart | Must Have a Heart for People
Shepherding your people is a huge calling on community group leaders. This is done best from a heart that loves people.

 

 

 

PROCESS to BECOMe A community GROUP LEADER

1 – Assess | Review the qualifications to consider whether now is a good time to step into group leadership.

2 – DiscernAttend a Community Group Leader Interest Meeting and afterward, spend some time prayerfully considering your calling, capacity, and character for group leadership. Seek counsel from your current community group leaders and those closest to you. 

3 – Apply | Complete the Community Group Leader ApplicationAttend the next Community Group Leader Interest Meeting (visit mercycharlotte.com/news to see upcoming interest meetings!)

4 – Train | Attend Community Group Leader Training in the Summer or Winter. Training is for those who are seriously considering becoming group leaders. We provide practical training on how to cultivate a committed community and lead your group members to become devoted followers of Jesus.

5 – Confirm | Meet with the Groups and Equip Coordinator to receive confirmation of leadership.

6 – Launch | Get assigned to a Community Group Shepherd. Be present at GroupLink to represent your group! Launch group the first week after GroupLink.