Community Groups

Becoming more like Jesus together

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

Looking for community?

Ready to take your next step by finding community? Visit our Next Steps page and select the form for the campus you regularly attend. 

Looking for community?

Complete a short form to help us help you get connected to a group!

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?

Click the Next Steps button at the top of this page or click here!

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.

 

I’m here to help you find community!

My name is Cori and I am the Groups and Equip Coordinator here at Mercy! If you have additional questions about how to get connected to a community group or have further questions about community group leadership, please email me at cori@mercycharlotte.com.