A Missional Community Group consists of a committed core of believers who live out the mission of God together in a specific area, or to a particular people group, by demonstrating the Gospel in tangible forms and declaring the Gospel to others— both those who believe it and those who are being exposed to it.
In the Gospel we acknowledge that we are nothing without Jesus; He gives us our wholeness and a new identity - who we are now, in God’s sight, because of what Jesus has done. In our Missional Community Group’s we affirm this by and through prayer, confessing our sins to one another, repentance and by engaging with God’s Word, the Bible. (Heb 10:24-25, 1 John 1:9, James 5:26, John 5:39-40)
A Missional Community Group aims to live out the Gospel in their local area. Groups are made up of a core of people who are members of Disciples Church, and then there are others who attend the Church, as well as others who don't. As a community, each group will have three primary functions:
The people in each Missional Community Group will be doing life together. As such, they will be involved in caring for each other's needs - the spiritual, physical and emotional support required to do life, living out the Gospel each day.
Following Jesus means we need to face the idols in our lives. These idols are anything that challenges God for the number 1 spot in our lives, from material things to valuing peoples opinions above God's. By sharing our lives together in Missional Community Groups, we are able to identify these idols more easily than doing it alone. This involves accepting God’s love, obeying Him and choosing His will above our own. We can then focus our worship upon the one who truly deserves it, the triune God. (Ex 20:2-4, Ex 34:17, Deut 27:15, Rom 1:21-23)
Some of the benefits of having community to work these Gospel truths out are that we can love one another practically by taking time to meet together, risking our hearts with one another, and living lives of humble honesty. We believe that this will lead into real and deep fellowship.
Outreach is the missional aspect of our Missional Community Groups. As well as doing life together, the people in our Groups aim to show others what life looks like living as one redeemed by Jesus. Doing this means we are joining with God on His mission through Christ. Jesus was sent to us and He sent out His disciples. We are His disciples and have been commissioned to make disciples. We are invited by the Father to join Him in this mission, in reconciling the world to Himself. This should lead us in a passion to share the gospel with those who do not yet know Jesus. We do this by caring for non-believers in practical ways and speaking the truth of the Gospel in love. (Matt 28:18-20, Acts 1:8, 2 Cor 5:11-21).