Journey Groups are small gatherings of followers of Christ meeting on their own, facilitated by a leader, are not a new phenomenon. In fact, in the first few hundred years of the church these kinds of groups were pretty much the only way to experience church.
Luke describes this type of group in Acts 2:42-47, and throughout years of church history, the value of these groups hasn’t changed. At our church, you’ll find the same healthy, independently functioning, leader-facilitated, small groups of people that Luke wrote about over 2,000 years ago. We call them Journey Groups.
We believe there are three elements that must be present in a Journey Group for it to be a healthy, life-giving group.
- Relational: They need to be filled with people who believe in developing healthy relationships and people who will commit to support and care for each other. “And they devoted themselves to……the fellowship”
- Spiritual Growth: They need to be committed to helping each other grow spiritually through the reading of God’s Word, worship, and prayer.“And they devoted themselves to the apostles teaching…. the breaking of bread and the prayers.”
- Community Life Transformation: They must be committed to helping the surrounding communities experience life transformation, whether it be through acts of service, evangelism, or active prayer. “And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles…. And they were selling their possessions and distributing to any who had need.”