We are excited about what God has been doing at Calvary over the past year. We have seen our church grow, people becoming more involved, and our groups growing. It has been exciting to watch. I’m sure many of you have noticed your groups getting packed to the gills.
We are truly blessed!
The growth that we are experiencing has presented us with a unique challenge. Since our groups are growing bigger, we have no more room to start new groups. If you look around on Sunday morning, you will notice we have groups meeting in the lobby of the gym and in pastors’ offices. We really have grown out of space.
The growth has also introduced a lot of unchurched men and women to our congregation. This has been an intentional area of prayer, and we are so delighted to see that God is bringing unchurched people into our midst.
What’s In a Name?
There are a number of ‘church’ terms that make sense to us, but could be confusing to the unchurched who are becoming part of our groups. Unchurched men and women are not familiar with our church language. So, it really becomes important for us to make sure we use language that is descriptive of our groups.
We have been working diligently to find ways to make our groups and activities more clear to newcomers and to the unchurched. We have decided to use the opportunity that growth has presented to make our names and group titles clearer and descriptive.
In order to expand our space for groups and to make them more descriptive, we are going to begin extending groups off campus and calling all groups ‘Life Groups.’
All of our current adult groups, Sunday School, Bible Studies, Home Groups, etc, will be referred to as ‘Life Groups.’ This helps communicate what our groups are already doing, living life together.
By the way, don’t get too crazy over the changing of names. This is exactly what is happening with our state convention. Here’s an article that will give you more information about what we used to call the “Georgia Baptist Convention.” http://christianindex.org/20150915-gbc-reinvention/
Listen to our discipleship pastor, Nick Bruner, explain this change and what you can expect over the next few weeks.