8-27-2020 – e-News

In Rick Warren’s book, The Purpose Driven Church, he tells about a survey one of his friends took in the church where he served. The first question he asked his people was, “Why did you join this church?” Ninety-three percent of the members said, “I joined because of the pastor.” The second question he asked was, “If your pastor leaves, will you leave?” It would be natural to assume that a good percentage of people said yes, considering the way they answered the first question. But that’s not what happened. Ninety-three percent said they would not leave if the pastor left. When asked why, they said, “Because I have friends here!”
This is a small example of the power of community, of gathering around other friends so that we can dig into the scriptures — together — and dig into each other’s lives — together. Our community groups are built around four pillars:
Accountability: Group members can expect to be held accountable. Accountability is inviting people into your life to challenge you in your priorities and relationships.
Belonging: Group members can expect to be a part of something. A person who has a sense of belonging is someone who feels accepted, connected, and comfortable with a group of people.
Care: Group members can expect to be cared for. We care for each other within the group and care for those outside the group through serving.
Discipleship: Group members can expect to study the Bible to help live out their Christian faith.
Pastor and author Paul Tripp writes, “Autonomous Christianity never works, because our spiritual life was designed by God to be a community project.”
So, are you actively involved in a community group? If not, would you like to be?
On September 13, we will begin a church wide study on the book of James, called James: A Faith that Matters. All of our groups will be going through the same curriculum as Pastor Jim preaches through this series. Would you consider joining a group and participating in this study with us? We believe it will be well worth your time!

We’re excited to announce that John and Cydni Choate will be launching an online-only group for those at Parkgate (or our wider community) who feel uncomfortable joining an in-person group due to our current COVID-19 environment.

The group will most likely begin meeting on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. but the details are still being worked out. If you would like more information, please contact Pastor Kenneth (kspiller@parkgate.org)

Experiencing group life with you,
Pastor Kenneth
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