Creekside Gospel Communities are the primary way that we connect with each other for the sake of reaching out to the people God has placed in our lives. In Gospel Communities, we are gathered together with other Christians who are committed to the mission of God. We get to know each other. We love and serve each other. We pray together and meet each other’s needs and provide the mutual support and partnership that is inherent in God’s design for the church.
But the overriding purpose of Gospel Communities is the mission. We don’t gather so that we can be happier, more fulfilled, or more comfortable (though these are common byproducts). We gather for the sake of those outside our church. Gospel Communities come with standing invitations. We share our lives around a table, but there are always empty seats at the table. And it’s up to us to provide the invitations that will fill those seats.
HOW GOSPEL COMMUNITIES WORK
A Gospel Community is a group of Creeksiders formed around the mission to live the Gospel amongst an unbelieving world. The goal is to grow as we go. These Communities are most naturally formed around geography (i.e., Creeksiders meet with other Creeksiders who live relatively close by), but more important than this is relationship. If a person has a relationship with a Creeksider living in the next town over, that is typically a more meaningful point of connection than geographical proximity. So while Gospel Communities typically consist of people who live close to each other, there will always be friends and coworkers that drive in to be part of a specific Community.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
Gospel Communities will begin in October. Please join us in praying that God will use this approach to accomplish his mission. You will be hearing a lot about these groups from the pulpit, but if you have any questions in the meantime, please contact Pastor Mark.