Small Groups Small Groups Missional Communities “From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” Ephesians 4:16 What is a Missional Community? We define a missional community as ’a family of missionary disciples.’ These communities are groups of people that live as brothers and sisters, eating, praying, and living life together. Living as ’missionaries,’ we join in Jesus’ kingdom work in our neighbourhoods, workplaces, and city. And finally, as disciples, we study and encourage each other to grow in knowing and following Jesus. How about children in missional community? Children are a blessing to our communities. We quite often will have families together in missional communities so they can love, bless and serve one another. We also see young adults wanting to be with families so they can learn to interact with children and in doing so bless the parents. Children need as many people as possible teaching and encouraging them on their walk with Jesus so we believe its imperative that children get to live life in healthy, vibrant Christian communities. What does a missional community look like? Like families, all missional communities look a little different, and that’s great! The 4 core elements of missional community are family, mission, servants and discipleship. Whether you start with 3 members or 12 members, the important thing is to start with a foundation of people who are following Jesus by living life together, like sharing meals and caring for each other (family), partnering to share Jesus and serve their community in some way (mission), and intentionally pursuing deeper relationship with Jesus, together through scripture study, prayer and conversation (discipleship). What do I need to do before starting a community? There are no prerequisites to starting or joining a missional community. It’s about relationships, not a formula. However, we do offer a variety of resources if you want help finding or planning a community. If you’re ready to start one, we would love to equip you to do this well. We want leaders to be in it for the long haul and lead healthy, life balanced groups. How can I join an existing community? If you want to join an existing community, drop us a line and we’ll get in touch with you about which communities might be the best fit based on your needs and what you want to bring to a community. Am I required to be in a missional community as part of Clarence South? Regardless of your involvement in a community, you are welcome and accepted at Clarence South. We want people to shape things at Clarence South and we will constantly shift to adapt to the needs of the people as God leads us. We talk about missional community a lot because the elements of family, mission, servants and discipleship are absolutely central to the teachings of Jesus. We want to experience and share the fullness of life that comes from following Him as missional families. Because we care deeply about the church and the community around us, we regularly encourage the church to live as a bunch of unique missional families that invite the kingdom of God into our homes, workplaces, shops, and anywhere we go where people need the love of Jesus. That’s everywhere! Is there a group for my age or stage in life? Most of our communities are a happy mix of people in different stages of life. That being said, some groups exist for people in similar life stages, such as young adults, families with young children, or people unified around a shared life experience like playgroup. If you’re interested in connecting with people of a similar age or stage, let us know. Are there any bible studies I can join? At Clarence South, studying the bible together is a key element of discipleship within missional community, so yes in effect all small groups are bible studies. Within our missional communities, there’s freedom to ask questions about the bible and encourage each other to put what we’re learning into practice. While challenging us to grow as individuals, Jesus also shows us how to love and serve our neighbours, and that’s where community becomes missional, because it’s not all about us! Why is missional community so important to Clarence South? Missional Communities are a response to Jesus’ instruction to make disciples and do life together. That’s why being part of a missional community is our passionate desire for each member of the church. We want everyone to participate in a collective kingdom vision. We believe that Jesus came to offer life for all. While the people of Jesus experience richness and growth in missional community, they also partner in sharing the love of Jesus with those who don’t know him yet. Stay Connected Register your details below to receive our church newsletter. Your Name ! 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