Thank you to all who participated and served in the Life’s Healing Choices campaign. We are very excited with what God has done and is doing. You will hear more about that later.
BUT…the question is now being asked “What’s next”?
Gary Thompson and the small group leadership team have been working very diligently to come up with a system that promotes growth in the Lord and at the same time allows those new to the church to be involved almost immediately in the church body.
You need to be aware of the changes so please take time to read the following from the Small Groups Leadership team.
Eastridge Community Church
2010 Small Groups Plan
Where are we going with small groups?
Reformat groups to a semester basis. 2 semesters (Feb-May, and Mid Aug/Sept-Nov) of group meeting and then two break periods (Thanksgiving thru New Years, and June thru July).
Why go to a semester basis?
People are more willing to sign up/participate for a shorter duration; means increased participation
Clearly defined start time and end time for groups
Should be easier to recruit leaders
Should be easier to make new friends
Allows new people to get in on ground level each semester
Easier/better marketing (such as was done under “Life’s Healing Choices” campaigns because every semester is a campaign; creates excitement
Easier to keep groups from becoming inward because of the structure
Fits into the rhythm of life…work hard, and then take a break; examples of this are school, sleep, exercise, etc.
Can offer different types of groups that focus on a subject/interest(parenting, finances, marriage, end times) rather than solely a relationship
Leaders/groups do not get stagnate as easily
Makes placement easier because groups will be clearly closed and open
This is the pattern for successful groups at ECC right now-CR Step Studies, Ladies Bible Studies, Discover Group preschool, Life’s Healing Choices, “Daniel” Fast, etc. All the above have a definite start time and end time.
2 Big questions…
1. Can I stay with my friends? Yes. You will be free to sign up for whatever group that you want to participate in just as we did for “Life’s Healing Choices”. You will decide what group that you want to be by looking at the small group directory(the sheet with all the group descriptions) and signing up on the Connect Card. The group directory will have the leader’s name, day that they will meet, address, time, and what they are studying. All of this will assist you in making a decision.
2. What do we do during the breaks? Take a break, have an outing/party with your group, do a service project with your group. It is up to you. We’ll start the group process all over again next semester.
Gary and the Small Group leadership team coordinated all of our LHC groups. We have already experienced this with format with Life’s Healing Choices. We saw 600+ adults in groups. Never have we had that many in small group studies or bible study groups. Never have we experienced the number of people coming to faith in Christ and being baptized. Never have we heard as many stories of growth in their walk with Christ.
Right now the most important thing you can do is pray. Pray every believer will follow the Lord’s leading in their life. Pray for the spiritual development of the church body. Pray for your leaders to have God’s wisdom and direction.
You do not know how desperately we need your prayers. Thank you for praying!