A Community is a network of 3-4 households from the Cross who meet together for the purpose of friendship, encouragement, and discipleship.
HOW OFTEN DO COMMUNITIES MEET?
Each Community meets one time per month over a 4-month “season.” The date and time of each gathering is determined by the individual Communities. Community members take turns hosting the monthly gathering in their homes.
WHY ARE RESPONSIBILITIES SHARED WITHIN A COMMUNITY?
Shared responsibilities lighten the load on all members of a Community. By sharing responsibilities, members practice devotion to one another, experience less stress, find gatherings to be more enjoyable, and contribute toward their own development.
WHY AM I ASKED TO SIGN A COMMUNITY PLEDGE?
Communities are built on the premise that everyone equally contributes to the health and success of their Community. Should one person or household not contribute, the entire Community suffers and is forced to “pick up the slack.” By signing a pledge, you are committing to serve the other members of your Community in a way that is beneficial to all.
ARE COMMUNITIES CONSIDERED “BIBLE STUDY GROUPS”?
In our Community gatherings, we utilize a Bible-centered curriculum. However, the primary purpose of Communities is not about the study, but about the relationships. The purpose of the study is to initiate godly conversations and friendships between you and other members of your church family. These conversations and friendships then serve as a catalyst for spiritual growth.
Communities are intended to be intergenerational, which means that children are an important part of our gatherings. As such, children are actively involved in most elements of the gathering and are not relegated to a babysitting area. In fact, Communities were created so that children can learn from godly adults and vice versa.