Monthly Archives: June 2014

Open Chair > Open Door > Growing Community

Church is not about Saturday evening or Sunday morning. Church is not about a building on MacArthur road (or any other building). Church is about the people of God acting in community to share the message of God – the gospel – the Good News – with people around them. The key to this sharing is community.

We have spent a lot of time talking about the open chair concept for Grow Together groups. I have heard from several leaders who have fully embraced the open chair by actually having the “open” (empty) chair present in their meetings. That’s awesome! That empty chair serves as a reminder for everyone in the group that growth can (and should) happen through the small group experience (both for people already in the group, as well as newcomers). That the group should be a growing community, especially for those seeking to be the church.

However, while you may have an empty chair, we also need to ask – do you have an open door?

That empty chair will never get filled unless you have an open door, where you’re actively inviting others into your small group community. The idea is to fill that empty chair. So please consider not only having an empty chair, but having an open door and actively inviting others to come in and fill that empty chair (then you’ll need another empty chair, which is very cool!).

Lastly, prayerfully consider seeking people out and extending that invitation to people in your immediate community – meaning your neighbors (i.e., in your neighborhood, on your street or block). Remember that people do not necessarily have to be members or attend FCC to participate in your group. Inviting those people into your group (and to Grow with you) extends the love of Christ and the blessing of the gospel message to those who may not have any idea who Jesus Christ even is.. That is just one way of being the church, within the context of the small group community. Let us know how it goes – we’re here to help, but we especially want to hear about Grow Together group wins!

In Christ…

Tim Revis

Group Life Deacon

trevis@firstdecatur.org
217.725.9089

P.S., also, please point those people you are mentoring to this blog and encourage them to subscribe to it!

 

Need Help? Reach out!

Hi, Grow Together Leaders!

This is just a quick reminder that we’re here to help. When things are going smoothly, that’s a sweet thing and we can praise God for the blessing of the Holy Spirit working in your group. But if you’re struggling with something (or someone), it can quickly become overwhelming and even discouraging. Alternately,  you may just have a question or need advice/direction on a decision that is before you.

Whatever the case, we’re here to help and be a resource to you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out. Reaching out can be via email or phone call, or grab Pastor Brian or myself on the weekend (I’m on worship team most weekends) – we may be able to help right then or it may necessitate scheduling time to discuss it (depending on the situation).  In any case, a personal contact (even if it begins via email) is best.

We pray that things are going well for you and your group, but if they’re not, we definitely need to pray for that also. Nothing is too big for us to handle together (you, us [me and Brian], and the Holy Spirit).

In Christ…

Tim Revis

Group Life Deacon

trevis@firstdecatur.org
217.725.9089

P.S., also, please point those people you are mentoring to this blog and encourage them to subscribe to it!