Is this actually church?
Yes! Ultimately, church is not an event you attend in a building; it’s a community that you engage in. The Early Church met house to house, lived out the “one another’s” of the New Testament, and saw substantial spiritual growth in light of that. Gathering together is essential, but the size and space is not sacred.
Why aren’t we just resuming large Gatherings?
We are seeing greater spiritual fruit by gathering in Micro Gatherings in this season, rather than having our church members & leaders spending dozens of hours preparing & facilitating multiple restricted, non-relational gatherings in our building. We love that our Micro Gatherings give us the opportunity to cultivate relationships & community that lasts far beyond one hour per week. Our leaders don’t want to spend less energy with people to spend more energy on a weekend program, and we don’t want you to do that either.
Through our Micro Gatherings, we are seeing new people connected, people come to Jesus, we’re celebrating baptism, worshipping together, praying together, forming discipleship relationships, groups are serving their local neighborhoods, and much more.
How is a Micro Gathering different than a Community Group?
Relationships are built into the DNA of our church, so admittedly, there are some relational similarities between Micro Gatherings and Community Groups. With Micro Gatherings, we gather as one church in many locations to all focus on the same opportunity and content for worship, preaching, and interaction. Our Community Groups meet all throughout the week with many different emphasis. Each of our groups is unique with their dynamic, focus, and atmosphere based on the people, location, topic, and vision of the group.
How can I find & join a Micro Gathering?
We want to help you find a Micro Gathering that is best for you. Our Micro Gatherings are all different in their size, location, and dynamic. Please fill out this quick form, and we will follow up to connect you with a Micro Gathering that would be a good fit for you.
What’s the size of a Micro Gathering?
The average size is normally 8-12 people, but each Micro Gathering is different in size, location, and dynamic. Some Micro Gatherings have 3-4 people, some of them have 12-15 people.
What restrictions or precautions are being followed?
Every host is doing it differently as people have the freedom to decide what best fits their comfort level in their home. They have the freedom to make the time short or long, structured or free-flowing, socially distant or more relaxed. Each of our host will communicate the details about their group to you in advance, and we’ll connect you with a group that matches well with your level of caution or comfort.
Why isn’t there a complete list with all the Micro Gathering locations?
None of our Micro Gathering locations are publicly listed out of respect for our hosts, because we never want our hosts to have anyone unexpected arrive without first talking to them. We want to connect with a Micro Gathering that will be a great fit for your location, expectations, and needs. Please fill out this quick form, and we will follow up to connect you with a Micro Gathering that would be a good fit for you.
How is this any different from watching alone at home?
We are called to follow Jesus together. We’ve redesigned our Online Gatherings to primarily facilitate connection & interaction within our Micro Gatherings. Even the most introverted among us needs connection & community. Connecting in a Micro Gathering gives you the opportunity to cultivate relationships & community that lasts far beyond one hour together per week.
Do I have to be a Christian to attend a Micro Gathering?
No – We want to be a safe place for you to explore faith. If you are curious, or even skeptical, about Christianity, you’ll find a group of people in a Micro Gathering that will love you, answer your questions, and help you learn more about who Jesus is.