Two Cities exists to Love God, Love Each Other, and Love the World.
Two Cities believes that being a part of a church consists of more than weekly attendance at corporate worship. The week is as important as the weekend. The church consists of a covenant body that lives life together by caring for one another, bearing one another’s burdens, and seeking to help each other grow in conformity to Christ. This means, like the early church, we must spend more than a couple hours a week together if we are going to know each other well enough to carry out these responsibilities. One of the ways we will foster this kind of interaction is through smaller groups that meet weekly to carry out biblical community. It is also our desire that intentional mission will take place through our Community Groups.
Discipleship happens in relationships.
The week is as important as the weekend.
We are not a church that does Community Groups. We are a church of Community Groups.
Stay where you are. Serve where you live. Be the church in your community.
WHAT IS A COMMUNITY GROUP?
A Community Group is a smaller expression and extension of our church, and it is primarily the environment where the implications of the gospel are put into action with an emphasis on people living in community and on mission.
Community Groups FAQ
How often do Community Groups meet?
Community Groups meet at least every other week.
Why don’t they meet every week?
We want to create space in our members’ schedules to be in discipling relationships (DNA Groups) and to serve the local church.
Who will lead these groups?
There is a role for men and women in leader roles at TCC. Men lead groups of other men, families, and mixed gender groups, while women lead other women and single women’s groups. We have a high standard for those who will be leading groups. In addition to the leader, there can be an organizer for communication, logistics, sitters, and social activities. Another pillar of each group is the host family. They will be responsible for creating a clean, safe, and warm environment for groups.
How long will groups be?
Groups will be around two hours depending on the activity or the needs of the group.
How big will each group be?
Each group will be different. An ideal group is 10-12 adults plus kids.
What will group dynamics look like?
Groups will have a large range of demographics. Some groups will be arranged by geography, and some will be arranged by age and stage. Our hope is that some groups will also be multi-generational, multi-racial, as well as socio-economically diverse.
What content will groups use for discussion?
Community Groups will follow a sermon-guided discussion model. The idea of groups is to expound on the previous week’s message and give personal application.
How will groups change and multiply?
We will ask all groups to always be willing to let new people into their groups. We believe that a true sending culture always refocuses back on the mission. We also realize that deep community is necessary, so this process will be case by case and will not be forced. Church leaders will constantly be assessing the needs and desires of the group.
HOW DO I BECOME A Community group LEADER?
The following process explains how to become a Community Group Leader:
Interest and Awareness
If you would like to explore what it would look like to become a CG Leader, please let your CG Leader know! Membership in the church is required and regular involvement in a Community Group is highly recommended.
Those interested in leading a CG can become an Apprentice under their CG Leaders. CG Leaders provide opportunities for the Apprentice to get hands-on leadership training within the community group setting, such as opportunities to organize a group meeting, coordinate certain aspects of the group, or lead discussion. Apprentices also have opportunities to shadow CG Leader meetings, work through training resources with their leader, and receive feedback on their progress.
CG Leader Application
After a suitable time in the Apprenticeship process, the Leadership Assessment Form can be filled out and submitted to the staff of Two Cities Church. Our application process also requires the completion of two references. (If the applicant is married, an additional reference will be submitted by the applicant’s spouse.)
The CG Apprentice meets with a Two Cities staff member to discuss strengths and opportunities for growth, as well as provide further assistance in the launch of a new group. We commit to creating a personal development plan for each applicant.
CG Leader Commissioning
As apprentices step into the role as CG Leaders, they will be commissioned by the staff members during a CG Leader’s Meeting. New CG Leaders are also invited to host potential members and guests at an upcoming TCC Weekender, where their new groups will be commissioned by a pastor of Two Cities.