If you’ve been at Trinity for any length of time, you’ve probably heard us make these two statements:
“We grow better together.”
“Circles are better than rows.”
We say this often because we believe it. We believe that every person grows best in the context of relationships, and this is why we encourage every person who attends Trinity to join a group.
You may be reading this and you are not connected to a group. I want to share with you three reasons why you should consider joining a small group at Trinity:
- Groups allow you to connect with people relationally.
Corporate worship is great and we believe you should be a part of it every Sunday, but there is one major thing that corporate worship does not do well. It does not do a good job of connecting you with people so that you can experience strong relationships. Sunday morning worship services are not designed for you to build strong relationships.
Groups are designed with relationships in mind.
We are naturally built for relationships. It is not God’s design that you “do life” alone. He intends for you to do life together with other people. Since the beginning, God’s design is for us to have relationships that strengthen and sharpen us.
Genesis 2:18 says, “It is not good for man to be alone.”
I received the following text recently from a friend of mine who joined our group 6 months ago. “I can’t tell you how happy we are to have found a great Christian family like you guys. It’s not easy to find these relationships in the Navy. I feel that we are now raising our kids with purpose, and changing our lives through being better followers of Christ because of the outreach here in the community.”
That kind of relationship would not have happened if this family had not stepped out and joined a group.
If you want deep relationships, you should join a group.
- Groups are the avenue for spiritual growth.
We believe that group life is the best place to grow deeper in your faith.
I am sure that you have said something like this at some point in your life, “I want to be a better husband, a better father, a better citizen, or a better employee.”
Groups connect you with people who want the same things for their lives. It provides you with the support and accountability needed for you to grow in your faith which will result in you becoming better in all of these areas.
Support encourages change. Groups provide the support needed for you to change and grow in your faith!
If you want to grow spiritually, you should join a group.
- Groups help you experience a sense of community.
Groups provide the best place for you to step in and meet the needs of those around you. Groups help you discover the needs of your community, and give you a small group of people committed to meeting those needs.
As I reflect on the last year of our small group, I can point to needs and struggles of the members of our group. It is beautiful to look back and reflect on how our group stepped in and met their needs. Our group has helped a wife whose husband was deployed for 10 months, walked with a family through a miscarriage, assisted a family as they relocated and moved to a new home, supported a family as they began to foster children, and much more! In every situation, our group responded and specifically met the needs of our members.
If I have a problem, you’d better believe our group will be there to walk with me through the problem.
Groups provide community.
If you want to experience community, you should join a group.
Taking the Next Step
If you are interested in joining a group, let me encourage you to RSVP for our GroupLink event. We will be hosting a GroupLink event in Oakleaf for those who attend our Oakleaf location on Monday, August 29.
Our Hammond location will be hosting GroupLink on Wednesday, August 31, for all families who attend our Hammond location.
We hope you will take the next step of joining a group and experience the joy of strong relationships, a growing faith, and a sense of community.
Sign Up for GroupLink here.