When you set out on a journey, it’s important to have companions for your travels. Similarly, as we all make our way in following Jesus, we recognize that we need community there to help and support us along the way. In fact, we believe this is so important that we won’t make much headway in following Jesus if we try to go it alone.
If we think about it, it makes a lot of sense. According to the Christian Tradition, we worship a God who has always existed in community (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). And as we find at the very beginning of God’s story that we humans were created in God’s own image and likeness. We were literally made for community. At Santa Cruz Bible Church, the primary way we live into and experience community is in what we call Community Groups. Whether you’re journeying in faith or into faith, we hope you’ll connect with us in a deep and rich experience of community in a Community Group!
WHAT IS A COMMUNITY GROUP?
A Community Group (CG) is much more than a weekly event. CGs gather together at different times throughout the week to fulfill Jesus’ mission of being disciples who make disciples. Together we learn how to worship and follow Jesus in all of life by learning how to love one another as family, worship Jesus as servants who serve others, and share the good news of Jesus Christ as his sent missionaries.
Every Community Group identifies a group of people whom they believe God is sending them to love, serve, and share Jesus with. It could be a neighborhood or network of relationships. Some choose to love and serve local schools, while others will identify people they already are in regular relationship with. We want to see every aspect of our city blessed by God’s people: business, arts, education, sports, recreation, and social services.
HOW DO I FIND A COMMUNITY GROUP
Since Community is such a big priority for us, we try to make it easy to connect to a group. You can choose to either visit the Next Steps Area on Sunday or check out our list of groups below. Feel free to pop into one closest to you or contact a Community Group leader by clicking on the groups below. We always encourage people to feel free to check out multiple groups. Showing up to check out a group doesn’t imply any commitment; we want you to find a community where you feel absolute freedom to grow in your experience of the love of God!
As meeting locations may change some weeks (particularly in summer months), we recommend contacting the Community Group leader to verify the meeting location for your first week. If you’re feeling called to lead a group or to open up your home to host a group for a leader, please email Scott Newman