People are like Legos. We are made to be connected.
People are like Legos. We were made to be connected. The people we get close to, spend time with, and allow into our lives, will shape the person we become. That’s why groups are a focal point of what we do. There are few things in this life more impactful and significant in our relationship with Jesus than the people we share our lives with. Groups are the best way to surround yourself with other Christ-followers as you learn to be a disciple and grow in your relationship with Jesus.
Each week groups meet in homes, on campus, and all throughout our community to study the Word, pray, and build deeper relationships with God and with each other. We offer men’s, women’s, young adults, and mixed groups to encourage people of all walks of life to connect and grow together. While most of our groups are centered in the Carolina Forest area, we are always seeking to expand into the communities around us so we can provide deeper relationships right where you live.
What are the benefits of being in a group?
In a world that is constantly demanding our attention, we have to be very selective with our time. What makes groups so important? Groups are one of the primary ways we grow as Christians in our relationship with Jesus. Proverbs 27:17 says:Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. This doesn’t happen by accident. It happens through investing in relationships with each other. Here are some of the benefits of groups:
If we love Jesus, then we obey Jesus (John 14:15). Jesus commands us to commit to Godly community (Hebrews 10:25). Not only did Jesus command it, He demonstrates it. Jesus surrounded Himself with disciples who He shared His life with. One of the primary benefits of investing regularly in a group, is that it’s an opportunity for us to demonstrate our love for Jesus.
The church is meant to be a family of believers. Showing up to a service on Sunday morning is not enough to make you feel like part of that family. Engaging in more intimate relationships with a smaller group of people will. The more we connect with each other the more meaningful and transforming the relationships we have become. Groups are without a doubt, the best way to get connected.
Community is like a retirement account; if you wait until you need it to invest in it, it’s too late. When things are good, we often forget how important it is to surround ourselves with people who care for us and support us. Then, with things go bad, we don’t have the support system we need. The cure: groups. Groups provide our first-line of care.
Discipleship happens in community, not isolation. It is when we build relationships with other imperfect people that we learn to grow in grace, in understanding, and in our knowledge of God. Perhaps the biggest benefit of groups, is that they are one of the primary ways we can grow in our relationship with God. God reveals Himself through His Word, through prayer, and through community. There are things about God we cannot truly know or understand outside of community.
How do I get connected to a group?
There are three easy ways to get connected to a group. You can click “Join a Group” below to fill out a form with your information and group interests. You can also click “GroupFinder” to search by location and other filters. Lastly, you can email Pastor Tyler at: Tedwards@carolinaforest.org, and he will personally help you get connected.
What is expected of me when I join a group?
Each of our groups is a unique. Different leaders and different people create very different cultures. One thing that is the same: you get out of it what you put in. We ask anyone joining a group to:
1. Be consistent - We know that things happen and there will be times you won’t be able to attend. There’s a difference between missing a week here and there and missing once a month. Growing in community requires a certain amount of consistency, so we ask you to be as consistent as possible. Community only works when we make it a priority.
2. Be respectful - The church is a family. At times, it feels like a messy, dysfunctional family. We are all imperfect people. There are challenges to community. One of the things that helps us overcome our imperfections, is to agree to treat each other with respect even if we don’t fully agree. We have all learned different lessons as we come from different walks of life. We ask that you be respectful to each other at all times.
3. Care - Being that we see groups as our primary means of care, we rely on our group members not just to need care, but to offer it. We ask our group members to care for each other. That may mean calling someone you haven’t seen in a few weeks, visiting them in the hospital, or making a meal to help them through a hard time. Every situation is different. Our desire is for our groups to take care of each other as a spiritual family.
4. Be real - Putting on the “everything’s ok” mask is one thing in a large group setting. The point of groups is to develop real, intimate relationships. We can only do that if we take the masks off and let people see us for who we really are: imperfections and all. Being real means being willing to be vulnerable.
5. Trustworthy - In order for the group to open up and be real, each member must commit themselves to being trustworthy. That means, things that are shared privately must remain private (unless there is a serious and eminent reason to share them). Think of what it would take for you to open up and be vulnerable with another person, to let down your defenses and be yourself. What would that person need to be like? That’s what you should try to be for them.