WHY do small groups exist?

Small groups exist for one, simple purpose―we’re Better Together! We believe God created us to live in community with others and only then can we experience the full life He intends for us. Meaningful relationships can be hard to find and that’s why we have Small Groups at Joy―to create life-changing relationships relevant and accessible to you.

WHAT is a small group?

A small group is made up of people who share similar interests, are in the same stage of life, or want to learn from each other. People gather for all sorts of reasons whether it is playing a sport, learning a new skill, encouraging each other, or studying the Bible together. The point is not what you meet about, it’s that you are regularly getting together with people and living in community as God designed us to do, because we’re Better Together.

WHY should you join a small group?

It is through doing life together that our problems become smaller and God uses others by bringing support and encouragement to our lives. Even when you may not realize you need it, your Small Group will quickly become a place where others don’t just know your name, but care about what is happening in your life and want to support you in your spiritual journey. You should join a small group because we’re Better Together.

WHEN

Groups meet throughout the year in three trimesters. New groups form each trimester making it easy for you to get involved at any time.

GREETINGS FROM THE PASTOR
Do you like to be in a roundabout? No, not the song from the 70’s, I’m referring to the traffic circles that have been showing up all over central Minnesota. Personally, I’ve liked them since they started popping up here and there. However getting used to them, along with trusting other drivers, can be a bit nerve-racking, can’t it?

When out driving there’s something comforting about the structure that intersections and well-defined lanes provide. Lanes keep the traffic moving in organized rows that are neat and efficient, but circles are different. Perhaps you remember the movie European Vacation with Chevy Chase circling endlessly in a roundabout, because he was unsure how to exit.
It’s the visual of rows and circles that I want you to see, because we need both in our lives.

Everyone is used to rows―we line up in rows: dismiss by rows, drive our cars to church and park in rows, we enter the building and sit in rows to hear the message.

Circles provide something different. A circle turns us towards each other in a way that rows can’t. Pastor Andy Stanley said, “There are things that can happen face-to-face that will never happen shoulder-to-shoulder.”
I believe that when it comes to church we need both rows and circles.

At Joy we’re known for our “rows”. We work hard to create services that people can relate to, enjoy and receive encouragement. It’s wonderful to come together as the family of God on a Sunday, but we need more than one-way communication.

In reality the strength of Joy isn’t our rows, it’s our circles.

The Christian life and Joy Christian Center is best experienced together not alone. There will be times in your life that you need the power of love and support that is best experienced in circles. At Joy you will find that Small Groups and finding your place on the Dream Team are the circles where iron sharpens iron.

As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.

Proverbs 27:17 (NLT)

Rows are necessary and efficient, but when you’re in a circle of people that share a similar direction and values that you do, you’ll find this journey will be a little easier and far more enjoyable.

We are BETTER TOGETHER!

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Pastor Brian