When we read the New Testament we found that the following priorities and practices were present in nearly each book we read:
1) Preaching & Teaching
2) Worship & Sacraments
4) Discipleship & Sanctification
5) Evangelism & Mission
6) Unity & Friendship
With these values in mind, we then looked at how our church has done each of them well. From here, we then tried to build a structure for community that celebrates and leans upon these strengths while adhering to the priorities set forth in Scripture. Because these are biblical practices and priorities that we seeking to apply to this time and place, we’ve described the structure not as a menu from which we select the most convenient aspects but a paradigm that we should all be participating in together.
There seemed to be a natural division of these six priorities into three areas:
We gather weekly for the Word, sacraments, worship, and prayer. We also meet quarterly for Worship and Prayer Nights.
MEN'S & WOMEN'S DISCIPLESHIP
We gather regularly for teaching, worship, and friendship in Men’s and Women’s Gatherings. We also scatter weekly to grow together through the Word, prayer, and applying the Gospel to one another’s lives through Discipleship Groups.
RELATIONSHIP & MISSION
We scatter regularly to share a meal for relationship and mission in our neighborhoods called Neighborhood Dinners. We also regularly invest in relationships with one another and those who don’t know Jesus yet through church-wide and social events.