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Connect Groups 

During mid week, we meet in small adult groups. Small Groups exist so we can care for one another and evangelism can be outworked. In fact, many of the churches functions are carried out in our small groups. Our small groups are the building blocks of the church.


Why do we do connect groups? 

 

(based upon PJ Smyth's book "The world needs more small group leaders")

1. Connect groups are the biblical model of discipleship & extending God's Kingdom

  • The biblical model of discipleship, almost from cover to cover, is a combination of connect groups and large groups working together (see Exodus 18 v 17-27)
 

2. Connect groups don't just save people, but they also add people

  • People get added to the Church when they get involved with meaningful friendship and a meaningful sense of mission
 
3. Connect groups create a context for great commitment
  • 1 Peter 2 v 5 says everyone should be a "living stone" and it is an environment where we live out the Priest of all Believers (1 Peter 2 v 9-10)
 

4. Connect groups create a context for the great commandment

  • Connect groups break down the crowd down into reasonably sized groups who can form genuine deep relationships
 
5. Connect groups create a context for the great commission
  • God's plan is for a church to grow by "making disciples"; as numbers increase, connect groups ensure that the quality of teaching, care and discipleship does not diminish.
 
6. Connect groups enable us to obey the command to shepherd the flock of God
  • Connect groups are shepherding tools that help in knowing and caring
 
7. Connect groups are where we can "equip the saints to do....."
  • Our job is to equip the saints to do....(Eph 4 v 12)
 
8. Connect groups provide a forum to apply scripture
  • James 1 v 22-23 speaks of being doers and not just hearers. We have opportunity to apply the Bible in real life
 
9. Connect groups catalyse leadership training
  • It is an environment where those called into leadership can exercise their responsibilities
 

10. Connect groups make church-life simple

  • 85% of evangelism and discipleship can happen simply via excellent Sunday meetings and mid-week Connect Groups
 
  
Where do connect groups meet?


We meet regularly in homes across Weymouth & Portland.  We have 4 connect groups meeting on Wednesday in the following areas:

  • Wyke Regis
  • Radipole
  • Southill 
  • Portland
 
  
What happens in our connect group meetings? 


A mixture of the following!!

Welcome: to enjoy fellowship together
Worship: to make the time together Christ-centred
Word : to discuss the bible and apply it to our lives and minister to one another
Witness: to affect our community through prayer and action