I love Small Groups! Our church started with a Small Group in our home. Small Groups are a part of the DNA of our church. Tuesday mornings at 7:10AM I lead a before school Prayer Group at Oakland Elementary School for faculty and staff. It’s absolutely awesome! Tuesday night I went to Jeremiah & Cyndi’s Small Group where we baptized Andy & Miranda and Justin & Sarah.
Here’s a portion of an email from Sarah: “You have created an amazing church which has welcomed us with the love of Jesus, and has made a relationship with Jesus a reality for me. I can not describe my joy or thank everyone enough. Tonight meant so much to me, and I am so thankful to everyone that turned out to witness. This baptism has given me a new hope, and joy that I did not expect, and I will forever be grateful to you, the church, and my small group for this amazing blessing. I have a family that I did not have before, and for that my life is forever altered. Thank you again for being in my life, and showing me the way.” Wow! That’s what it’s all about Coastal!
On Wednesday morning at 7AM I meet with a group of men for about 45 minutes before work. We share what’s going on in our lives, read a portion of scripture, talk about it and pray. Right now we’re reading through Romans. This morning we were in Romans 9. Matt Beam shared that this verse stood out to him, “I would be willing to be forever cursed—cut off from Christ! —if that would save them.” (Romans 9:3 NLT) That’s the level of intensity, urgency, and focus that we need today in the church.
And then I lead a Small Group that meets in my home on Wednesday nights at 7PM. Tonight a lot of our group was unable to attend, but we got to visit with a new family at our church, Jeff & Margie Jones. It was such a blessing to hear more about their story and to share our story with them. They are awesome people.
I know, I know – I’m a Small Group FREAK! But at Coastal we truly believe that Christianity is best lived out in community – in relationships. And that community is best experienced in Small Groups. It is a part of the discipleship process of our church – Sunday morning Worship, Life Development, Small Groups, & Ministry.
On Saturday, October 6th, Coastal is having a Small Group Kick-off! It is a great opportunity to learn more about the Small Groups at Coastal and get involved in one. Cyndi Brown is our Small Group Ministry Leader. She is working hard to help push our Small Group Ministry to the next level as Coastal continues to grow and reach more and more people. She’s working hard to make this event fun, informative, and practical (in other words, you can come that night, learn about our Groups, and get involved in one). And if you’re interested in leading, assisting or hosting a Small Group at Coastal, Cyndi is leading a Training and Orientation this Sunday morning at 9:15. These are exciting days at Coastal! Keep up the great work Cyndi!