Community Groups are gatherings beyond the Sunday morning designed to lead people to know and serve Jesus in authentic community.
Starting Well Community Group Starts March 26- Starting Well is a new eight week short-term community group beginning Sunday, March 26th. We will explore what it is like to be in a community group and why we value groups at Cornerstone. It is open to anyone ready to take a next step that can eventually lead to joining a longer-term community group. This group is limited to 12 members. For more information about this group please email Jack Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can register here.
- Are Community Groups at Cornerstone open or closed? All groups at Cornerstone are open. But to truly experience authentic community we know that the optimal group size is 8-12 people. Jesus had his disciples and chose to build community with those twelve men. To model Jesus we encourage each group to limit the number of people to 12.
- How often do groups meet? That depends on the group and it’s leadership. We encourage each group to meet 3-4 times a month to help build a strong community. We know many people have busy lives so we understand if groups can’t meet every week.
- What is my long term commitment to a group? To help build authentic community there needs to be some duration in the commitment groups make to each other. Most groups will meet for at least a year and possibly longer. The ultimate goal of Community Groups is to grow the number of people who are added to the church as described in Acts 2:46-47. “Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” With that in mind, once a group reaches more than twelve people we encourage new leadership from within the group to start a new Community Group.
- Does my group have to do a book study? No, not at all. We have groups that focus on running, foster care, serving the sick as well as book and Bible studies. We ask that each group includes a balance of focus on two things:
- Is childcare offered for groups? Cornerstone is committed to not letting the lack or cost of childcare be a reason a person or couple can’t be part of a community group. We ask that you work with the leader of your community group to look at childcare options.
- Can I form my own Cornerstone Community Group? Yes, but we ask that you be a formal Community Group leader before we can promote your group at Cornerstone. Maybe you have connections with people at work or in your neighborhood. Maybe you’d like to have deeper community with people you’ve met at church events or who you serve with on Sunday mornings.
- What does it mean to be a “formal Community Group Leader” We ask that you spend an hour or so with one of our Community Group Coaches. During this hour we will talk about the vision you have for your group so we best understand how to support you and so we can clearly communicate the commitment needed to be a Community Group leader. To start this process just fill out the form below.