A Community Group is a space to build relationships and grow in your faith. The goal is not to know more people, it’s to know people more. Most groups gather every week and have rhythms of studying God's Word, eating, praying, playing, and sharing life together.
How do I join a Community Group?
If you know someone in a community group, ask that person about his or her group. You’ll already know someone when you join the group for the first time!
GroupLink is Sojourn’s introduction to community groups. Everyone in your group starts out new to the group, just like you. We’ll help you find the group that meets on your preferred night of the week and is closest to your home. GroupLink usually occurs at the beginning of the fall and spring. Click here for upcoming dates and registration information.
Filling out the Community Group Information Request form will put you in contact with a pastor who will help you take your next step in getting connected to a group.
Why Community Groups?
You Are Created for Community
As a person, you are made in the image of God who himself exists eternally in relationship: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. As an image bearer, you display the beauty of God by living within relationships. This is particularly clear in the creation accounts of Genesis. God created everything out of nothing, and everything was declared good from inception, except one thing–man.
"The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” –Genesis 2:18
Community groups are a space for us to foster relationships. Groups are not a promise of deep relationships, but a space for us to reject the disconnected and isolated patterns of our culture by remembering that we were made to know one another.
You Are Saved Into Community
God saves us as individuals into a new family. His plan of salvation is cosmic in scope; he is reconciling all things unto himself and forming a new people.
"His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.
Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people." –Ephesians 2:15-16,19
Community groups are a space for belonging. Groups help us reject the divisive barriers of age, race, gender, economics, and brokenness. A group made up of people from a myriad of life stages, backgrounds, and stories declares to the world that we are united by one thing–Christ our Savior.
You Are Transformed By Community
In Hebrews 10, the author describes for us the new access we have to the Father through Jesus and calls us to hold fast to our hope.
"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching." –Hebrews 10:24-25
Our call to persevere is married to the call to meet together. These relationships are marked by consideration, spurring, and encouraging. The word consider implies awareness, a knowledge about a person and their story. There is a thoughtfulness implied that can only come when we know someone at a deeper level. Spurring is a strong action word; it’s aggressive in nature. There is a pushing and prodding that comes with our knowledge of one another. The spurring comes alongside encouragement. It exists within the safety of love and concern for the good of a friend.
Community groups are a space to be formed by gospel by inviting intrusion. Groups help us reject an individualistic spirit and remember that we need each other in order to persevere and grow in our faith.
You Are Sent As A Community
The pattern throughout Scripture is that God draws people in and then sends them back out. We are not sent as individuals, but as a community of believers to bear witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Healthy, flourishing community marked by love and service is one of the greatest evidences the church has for the truth of our faith.
"By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” –1 John 13:35
Community groups bring together complementary gifts of the Spirit to strengthen the witness of the church and remind us that it is God alone who saves.