1Why are Community Groups an essential part of following Jesus at Bayou City?
When we speak of having a radical focus on Jesus, that means it is our goal to seek to follow Him in our daily lives and get rid of anything that might hinder us (Hebrews 12:1-2). To do that, we need each other, and Community Groups are a vital part of discipleship and growth for the adults of our church.
2Are Community Groups the place I go to be discipled?
They are a great place! When we say discipleship, we mean, “learning how to follow Jesus in every situation in life.” In Community Groups, people take God’s Word, the circumstances of their lives, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit and follow Jesus with everything they have.
3What happens at a weekly Community Group gathering?
At a weekly Community Group gathering, we turn our attention to God by doing three things: listening to God’s voice in Scripture, praying, and sharing relationships. We believe practicing these three spiritual disciplines weekly helps us follow and obey Jesus, and ultimately, to become more like Him.
4Are there Community Groups for ages, life stages, etc.?
No, there are not. We are committed to multi-generational groups that allow people of different life stages and experiences to grow together. All of our groups are for both men and women because we desire to have the fullest representation of the image of God. Bayou City also has ministries for women, men, young adults, and marriage preparation that meet regularly.
5What do Community Groups use for their materials?
Each Community Group across all of our three campuses discusses the same lessons, which are rooted in the Scriptures. Our Community Groups team puts together lesson guides for leaders to prepare and facilitate discussion for their group.
6When do Community Groups begin and end?
Community Groups start in the fall, take a break for the holidays, and resume in the spring.
7How should I select a group?
Community Groups are organized according to geography. We would encourage you to find the group closest to you. The groups tend to look a lot like the neighborhoods in which they meet. Sometimes the group closest does not work with your schedule. In this instance, we encourage you to find a group most optimal for your schedule that allows you to attend weekly.
8Can I start a Community Group in my area?
We are always looking for new leaders to start Community Groups in new parts of the city. If you are interested in leading or hosting a group in your home, please click here.
9What is the difference between Community Groups and Summer Connect Groups?
Community Groups across all our campuses run through the fall and spring and share one vision and goal: to encourage one another to follow Jesus in every area of life through Scripture, prayer, and shared relationships.
Our Summer Connect Group offerings change from one year to the next and allow our people to find commonality in their shared interests, passions, and hobbies while our Community Groups are on break.
10When do Summer Connect Groups begin and end?
Summer Connect Groups start in June and run through July.
11Is child care available for Summer Connect Groups?
Unfortunately, we cannot provide child care or reimbursement at this time.