WHAT ARE COMMUNITY GROUPS?

Community Groups (CG) can sometimes be confused with Capstone’s version of Sunday school or just a Bible study. However, Community Groups are much more than just that. We want our Community Groups to be a place where people come together in real life and put the Gospel on display together.  We view the purpose of Community Groups to be:


Community Groups are an extended family on mission committed to living as a family, growing closer to Jesus, and sharing the Gospel through
Word and deed. 

Community Group Rhythms

UP/IN/OUT Rhythms

Our society and culture seem to always to be out of balance. Even in our spiritual lives we get on fire for church, and then we get burned out or feel guilty and stop going. Jesus never intended us to be out of balance, but balanced as we followed His rhythms. As we look at the life of Jesus, we see three main rhythms we should follow: Love God (Up) and Love Others (In and Out). We believe Community Groups are a great place to live these out together. 

  • UP: Growing closer to Jesus
    We want those who are in CG to be growing closer to Jesus. This just doesn’t happen as a Bible study. Community Groups are not satisfied with just studying the scriptures. They seek to apply it and to put it on display in an intentional way--to be living out what is studied. Our end game isn’t just to study scripture, but to make disciples who are missionaries who make the scriptures come to life.  
  • IN: Living as a Family
    Throughout the New Testament we see that the relationships of church should mirror that of our family. In Community Groups, that happens when we spend time eating, laughing, listening, and just being together. We will encourage all groups to plan time to just eat together, play games, or have a day trip. Building memories together begins to build trust and the extended family feel we are striving for. We want people to love to be with one another as they love one another. The goal, however, isn’t to have a group of people who just love one another, but love others as they point people to JESUS. 
  • OUT: Sharing the Gospel through Word and Deed
    In order to be balanced and not just have a country club mentality with just hanging out with each other or just praying for each other, every group needs to have an out. This out is a focused group of people, a neighborhood, a tribe, or a city sector that they want to display the Gospel to. This will mean taking time to pray for them. It might be doing something to give encouragement or spending time hanging out in a certain area. We have also learned over the years that people who serve together grow together. The idea of Community Groups isn’t just a place to help people, but to grow together with people through serving others. We must live with intentionality to live on mission.  


COMMUNITY GROUP FAQs

How often do Community Groups meet?

We would like Community Groups to meet once a week. The idea is to build a regular rhythm of meeting for at least twelve weeks. We know that everyone won’t be there every week, but a weekly rhythm creates a regular pattern. 


What is the ideal size for Community Groups?

The ideal size for a Community Group is 15-18. Since CGs are meeting every week, not everyone will be able to attend every week. Which means we want a good-sized group so that if half the folks can’t come, you still have 10-12. 


What are huddles?

Huddles are what we call the same sex groups that meet outside of community group for in-depth accountability and discipleship. There are times that Community Group may not be the place to discuss that martial issue or theological question. We encourage each group to have a guys and a girls huddle at least once a month outside of the regular CG meetings. The goal isn’t to fix everyone in huddles, but to be a place people build trust and receive Christ-centered discipleship