What are Small Groups?
If you’re new to Journey or have been attending for awhile, we want to see you connected in community. Community is a gift of God and essential for your growth as an individual and our growth as a church. Small Groups are the primary vehicles through which Journey Chattanooga gathers to live life for Jesus in and among the city: knowing culture, loving people, and seeing lives transformed for Jesus through authentic relationships.
At the heart of Small Groups is the desire to see a community of believers who worship Jesus, love one another, and embody the mission to make disciples. God has called us to a continuous lifestyle of worship and relationship with Himself, which is cultivated and nurtured within the body of Christ. The Church is a people. It is a gift of God. At Journey Chattanooga, community groups are the place where discipleship and care takes place. It is where we encourage one another to be worshipers of our Lord. It is where the body becomes the body, loving, caring and challenging one another. As well, it is within community that we engage culture and incarnate Jesus in the nooks and crannies of our city. We were created to worship Jesus in community in the image of our Creator, who Himself exists in community. It is our desire to see every person at Journey loved, cared for, and challenged within a thriving community. And it is our desire that our neighbors within this city are blessed and touched by the love of Jesus through the lives of our members.
I’m new, when should I join one?
If you are new to the church this is the perfect place for you to belong, ask questions, and wrestle with your faith in a community of people who care for you, not because your life is together, but because you are created in the image of God. It is within community that we exist as true family in a time when the concept of a loving and caring family can seem foreign. It is a place where we encourage and challenge one another in our journey to know Jesus in deeper and more personal ways. In Small Groups, people talk through life issues, eat together, pray together, laugh together, struggle together, and serve others as we are transformed by the grace of God in our lives.
What to expect
Each Group is unique as the group reflects the people for which it exists. However, you can expect a gathering that involves food, conversation, prayer, discussion for applying the Bible to practical living, and service in the neighborhood. Small Groups are an environment for building relationships with one another, which strongly emphasizes challenging one another to drive Gods Word deeply into our lives.