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Communities Philosophy of Ministry

Gospel Perspective

God has created us for relationships and community. But that inborn need for others is broken and lost in our sinful separation from God, and so our sin makes for dysfunctional, selfish or broken relationships. Through faith in the gospel our failure to love is forgiven and healed. Christ rebuilds us for relationships and community by his Spirit as we trust him increasingly.

Gospel Practice

Grace Church expresses its faith in Christ through loving relationships in a variety of smaller communities. We work to strengthen and equip believers to grow and be a part of communities that reach into the world with works of mercy, examples of hope and health, and confidence in the good news of the love of God for us in Christ.

    • Because we believe that where two or more people are gathered together in the name of Christ, we seek to help focus on building healthy relationships and supportive communities.

    • Because ‘Grace Communities’ refers to any organized gathering of attenders or members at Grace that bring people together, we seek to develop communities reflecting all sorts of people and needs.

    • Because we believe pastors and staff are called to serve believers, we desire to equip our people with a grace perspective and with practical help for supported and shared ministries.

    • Because we believe in one humanity, Grace Communities should be welcoming and should often include people from outside of Grace.

    • Because we believe God calls us to deeper levels of love and service, our hope is that people will be drawn into relationships focused on teaching and supporting a grace perspective and grace practice by participating in Discipleship and in Small Groups.

    • Because the Gospel is for both the heart and mind, discipleship courses ‘personalize’ or mentor people in grace perspective as a base for grace practice.

    • Because the Gospel always moves out, Small Groups exist for growth, service, shared interests, and life ministry outside of church with an increasing focus to serve others.

Currently, more than 200 people participate in 18 Small Groups at Grace. Many people are finding the experience to be life transforming. We work hard to help Grace grow smaller -- not by limiting our growth, but by being purposeful and making it easier for you to connect in Grace Communities.

The first step toward building more groups is to encourage people to lead. Many of the groups we have now can take a few more people, but to meet the interest and need, we need leaders. If you have an interest, ability or training to lead, we would love to put that to good use.

If you are interested in joining a small group, we would like to hear from you. Contact us as This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or call 828.891.2006