Why is a community so important to your spiritual life?
Because you can’t grow spiritually unless you’re connected relationally.
What are community groups?
A Community Group is a small group made up of approximately 6-14 people who meet weekly for fellowship, bible study, authentic sharing, prayer and encouragement. Each group has a leader who will facilitate the meetings. The average meeting duration is 1.5 hours.
Frequently asked questions
What is a Community Group?
A Community Group is a small group made up of approximately 6-14 people who meet weekly for fellowship, study of the Scriptures, authentic sharing, prayer and encouragement. Each group has a leader who will facilitate the meetings. An average meeting would last for an hour and a half.
Why does Montclair Community Church have Community Groups?
Community Groups are essential to the life and ministry of MCC. We are committed to becoming genuine followers of Christ who make disciples for Christ. Our mission as a church is to connect people to God and to each other through Jesus Christ. We are here to help people make the connection with God and with other devoted followers of Christ. That happens best when people can develop significant and genuine relationships with others.
What is the Goal of Community Groups?
The Community Groups Ministry seeks to provide individuals with an opportunity for growth in the Lord through authentic personal relationships; with a desired result for individuals to participate with Christ in building His kingdom.
When and Where do Community Groups meet?
Community Groups meet on different days/nights of the week in homes and at the church. Some groups may choose to meet at a coffee shop or in a park. Although we encourage face to face meetings, some groups might be offered via telephone or video conferencing.
How often do Community Groups meet?
Groups meet in three seasons throughout the year, each for a period of 8-10 weeks:
- Fall Season: October – Mid December
- Winter Season: January – Mid March
- Spring Season: After Easter for 8-10 weeks
Community Groups do not officially meet during the Summer, although some groups may choose to continue.
What can I expect when I show up for a Community Group meeting?
A warm welcome and good conversation! You don’t need to be a bible scholar to attend…as a matter of fact, you don’t even have to be a Christian! Regardless of where you are in your relationship with Christ, a Community Group is a safe place for you to come as you are.
What do I do about childcare?
Community Groups are for adults only (exceptions are allowed for young babies) We leave it up to each Group to decide how they will handle childcare situations. Sometimes it works best for families to share a babysitter or swap childcare with another family whose Community Group meets on a different night. Other Groups may have rotating parents watch the kids during the meeting.
What if I don’t like the Community I’m a part of?
Our Community Groups meet in seasons – each no longer than 10 weeks. If you find that the Community you’re a part of isn’t the best fit for you, you are welcome and encouraged to try another one at the end of the season! Our Community leaders understand that sometimes it takes a couple tries to find the right fit, and you shouldn’t feel awkward if you decide that a particular Group isn’t the best fit.
Who can I talk to if I have more questions?
Pastor Ernie Rivera is the Pastor of Community Groups and can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church at 973-746-0042. You can also reach out Kathleen Temple, Community Groups Coordinator at email@example.com or 973-809-3170.