This month we have been doing a series of blogs about things we are looking ahead and praying towards in 2014. In today’s blog we are going to look ahead to our Community Group ministry for 2014. So what things do we hope to see in 2014 in our Community Group ministry?
1) New Groups – At Mercy Hill we don’t “split” groups to make room for new people we start new groups. We believe that someone is more likely to get plugged into a new group than an existing group if they are not in a Community Group. That’s why every September and February we do something called Grouplink, to get people plugged into new groups. At February’s Grouplink we hope to launch at least 6 new groups. This will provide the opportunity for at least 100 more people to get plugged into a Mercy Hill Community Group. And by the end of 2014 it is our goal to have at least 30 Mercy Hill Community Groups. Our next Grouplink is on February 9th. For more info and to RSVP click here.
2) New Leaders – One of the marks of discipleship is multiplication. Mercy Hill was sent out as a church plant to Greensboro from a church that believed in multiplying itself. The same thing should be true of followers of Jesus on a personal level. We should all want to multiply ourselves through equipping new leaders and disciples of Jesus. In Mercy Hill’s Community Group ministry this happens through developing apprentice leaders. We have an apprentice leader process where someone trains to be a Mercy Hill Community Group leader under the leadership of a current leader. We want to see every group produce an apprentice leader in the next year. This would be nearly 20 new apprentice leaders.
3) Community Ministry – It is my prayer that over the next year many of our Community Groups will get deeply involved in local ministry here in Greensboro. This typically will only happen when God raises up someone in a Community Group to lead others in that group into investing in an area of ministry they are passionate about. Mercy Hill as a whole wants to be involved in orphan/adoption ministry, ministry to the unborn and women facing an unexpected pregnancy, refugee ministry, homeless ministry, and prison ministry. I would love to see our groups rally around these causes to love our neighbor and see the restoration of the gospel come to these areas.
4) Evangelism – Jesus’s prayer to God before his death in John 17 was that his followers “may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” Gospel-centered community, which we pray will take place in our Community Groups, is ultimately an apologetic for the gospel. Jesus says that when the world sees the unity of believers they know that God sent Jesus. Jesus is basically saying that Christian community has the power to convince people to believe in Jesus. I pray that many of our groups through the slow steady work of inviting non-Christians into their groups will see people come to know Christ in 2014.
Bobby Herrington, Executive Pastor