Connect Group DNA
 
A Picture of a Connect Group

A Connect Group is a small group of believers (12-20 people) who meet together weekly to pursue growth in Christ through prayer, studying scripture, service, and fellowship. In the book of Acts believers met together both in the temple and in homes. They were actively involved in not only fellowship and mutual care but service and outreach. People were coming to Christ and growing in him daily (Acts 2:42-47). We want to replicate that example.

 

Discipleship

Jesus’ last words on earth were to “Go and make disciples.” A disciple is someone who pursuing Christ, growing in spiritual values (obedience to God, devotion to His church, and engagement in His mission), and producing spiritual fruit (love, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control). Most simply put, disciples are people who obey Jesus’ command to “follow me.” Discipleship is also reproducible. The purpose of Connect Groups is for disciples to make disciples in biblical community. Connect groups are intentionally designed to facilitate discipleship relationships.

 

Service

Each connect group engages in a service project each session in order to build relationships within the community and create opportunities to share the Gospel.

 

Mutual Care

It can be challenging to care for one another well during our Sunday morning gatherings. Connect groups enable us to better know one another, care for one another through prayer and accountability, and encourage one another in our individual walks with Christ. Connect Groups provide meals for members with illnesses and recoveries, celebrate pregnancies and marriages with showers, and better enable us to be there for each other during trials.

 

Meeting Times

Connect Groups meet on various nights of the week in homes throughout Wellsboro and Mansfield. Most evening groups start between 6-7 and all are finished by 9:00. A typical group will meet for two hours including refreshment and fellowship time.

 

Session Length

Each Connect Group session lasts eight- ten weeks. There are three sessions throughout the year and all take a break during the summer.

 

Commitment Level

To prioritize pursuit of God it’s critical to prioritize togetherness in biblical community. During the first night you will be asked to sign a connect group covenant to set a high standard. It’s ok to miss an occasional evening but if you wish to maximize the benefits of connect groups, it’s important to prioritize being there.

 

Study

Most connect groups study discussion questions based on the previous Sunday’s message. For the Fall 2018 session, however, all groups are going through My Circle Training, a study geared towards sharing the love of Christ with our friends and neighbors by viewing our “circles of accountability” as our mission field. Check it out here!

 

Childcare

We encourage each group to provide an environment that allows for intimate discussion. Each group may handle child care differently. Some groups hire a babysitter to watch the children in another room. Other parents choose to join a Wednesday evening connect group while their children attend Awana. Parents of high schoolers may also choose to attend the Sunday evening connect group during WBC Youth.

 

Questions?

Call Pastor Mike at (570) 724-3741 or send him an email: mike@wellsborobible.com