Q. When and how do Missional Community Groups multiply?
A. When enough ‘leaders’ have been raised up within the group so that they would be able to support a new Missional Community Group (at least 6 people) independent of the original Missional Community group, multiplication can occur. Missional Community Groups should not usually exceed 25 regular attendees (big scale event would be an exception). The decision to multiply is made by both the Missional Community Group leaders and the pastor who oversees Missional Community Groups.
Q. What is the expected timeframe for this?
A. It would be hard to put a strict time frame on multiplication, as each Missional Community Group will be slightly different. It really depends on the raising up of new leaders who can oversee new groups. In reality we know that not everyone will become leaders, but we are praying for many who will qualify to do so. Since most of this training occurs within the Missional Community Groups, the original core leaders, in conjunction with the Missional Community Groups pastor, will be determining when the new group should be sent out.
Q. So, there's no formal group study?
A. No, not really. Since the members of the group meet up for one-to-one discipleship, general Bible study time and accountability will occur during this. We believe that this will be more fruitful in individuals’ lives. Often, in a group setting, people can be over looked or not feel comfortable to ask questions, but one-to-one removes many of these barriers.
Q. Well then, what happens when the group meets up?
A. The Missional Community Groups gather to share life together! So most meetings will involve sharing a meal, sharing our own stories (what is happening in our lives), and enjoying each other’s company. These times are to be flexible, as we want non-Christians to be involved as well. Our aim is to be engaging our community and showing them what life looks like with Jesus at the centre.
We also would like to see Missional Community Groups gather at least fortnightly for a time of corporate prayer, so they can be praying for each other and the people that they are ministering to.
Q. How do Missional Community Groups and Church discipline work together?
A. We hope most issues can be worked out within the Missional Community Groups themselves, but if needed, the issues can be taken to a Pastor or Elder. They will seek to resolve things with the Missional Community Group's leaders. We believe that these groups will create deep relationships that will reduce conflict possibilities. When Biblical correction is needed it will be delivered in a loving way. We believe that the Bible gives us standards to live by and we want our people to be striving to set examples for all believers (see 1 Tim 4:6-16, & esp. v 12).
Q. What happens if there are personality conflicts within the Missional Community Group?
A. Again, we will seek to resolve issues in a Biblical way. Matt 18:15-20 is our method of conflict resolution. The Missional Community Groups leader should be made aware if you are having issues with someone else and will seek to give you wise and godly counsel on how to resolve the matter.
Q. What training is there for Missional Community Group leaders?
A. Most training will be done within the life of the groups and new leaders will be raised up within the groups. Leaders of Missional Community Groups will have regular meetings with the Pastor who oversees their group. We will also have some centralized training programs, but all of these would need to be worked out and lived out within a Missional Community Group before someone would be considered for a leadership position.
Q. How, or where, do you learn how to disciple someone?
A. Because our Missional Community Groups work by discipling people in one-to-one relationships, you will have been discipled by someone else. This is your training process. As you live out and grow in spiritual maturity you will be equipped to invest in the life of another. Our process of equipping is not a seminar or teaching block, but instead a life-on-life model. This being the case, your discipler will be able to work with you on how and what you need to do before you can begin investing in the life of another.
Q. What is a Redemption Group? And how does that differ from a Missional Community Group?
A. Redemption Groups are for abuse victims and people who have, or have had, addictions. These are set up to help people to deal with issues, and be able to receive God’s healing of these wounds and scars. We have not commenced running Redemption Groups yet, but we hope to do so in the near future. For more details speak to one of our Pastors.
Q. What if I'm old? Are there exceptions?
A. We would like everyone who is a member of Disciples Church Springfield to be involved in a Missional Community Group. We will look for ways to be able to work with you to make this happen. Maybe the Missional Community Group could meet in your home for some of the regular gatherings by sharing a meal. Or maybe just the core could be there for their regular prayer. Maybe the Missional Community Group could be serving your community and friends in some way. If you are committed to trying to be a part of a Missional Community Group, will we be committed to looking for ways to make it work for you. See the Pastor who is overseeing the Missional Community Groups if you need further information.
Q. How do kids fit into Missional Community Groups?
A. We would love to see children and youth involved in the life of our Missional Community Groups in general. There are some times where it would not be appropriate, for example one-to-one time. Some of the discipleship for children happens within Promise Kingdom (for children) and 4Real (for youth), but we would like parents to be setting an example for their own children in showing how ministry and discipleship is done. This means letting them share in your life and faith so they can reproduce it in their own. Your children may also help your Missional Community Group gather around a target group to be ministering to. This could be their school community, play group or a sporting club.