Welcome to Grace Presbyterian Church:CORE Communities!
CORE Communities are the primary way we CONNECT with OTHERS in authentic gospel-centered community. We believe it is vital that we create and cultivate these RELATIONAL ENVIRONMENTS to make Jesus visible in our daily lives. A CORE Community is a small gathering of people where individuals cultivate a relationship to Christ with others as we learn to grow and equip others as disciples.
Jesus’ invitation in Matthew 4:19 describes a disciple: Follow me and I will make you fishers of men. Discipleship includes:
- “Follow me…” A disciple knows and faithfully follows Christ.
- “…I will make you…” A disciple is being changed by Christ.
- “…fishers of men.” A disciple is committed to the mission of Christ.
At the core of these communities is the principle that disciples make disciples. Ideally, that happens best when:
- We practice authentic community. It involves friendship, prayer, sharing life and study.
- Communities invite others. We invite friends, neighbors, and coworkers.
- All people are welcomed. It includes singles and couples at all places on their faith journey.
- We have consistency. We commit to meet weekly from September to May.
- We aim for multiplication. We make disciples who create new communities.
Wherever you are in your faith journey, we firmly believe that God will use a CORE Community to spiritually form you as a disciple, and you will learn to disciple others. You will experience what it truly means to live out the Great Commission: Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. (Matthew 28: 19-20).
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is this just another Bible study?
A: CORE Communities are not Bible studies, but you will study the Bible. They are gatherings that provide an environment where people can build friendships, ask questions, confront doubts, receive support, and grow in faith through living out the Word of God daily.
Q: Are there communities exclusively for singles and younger adults?
A: Each CORE Community is intended to be multigenerational and for both singles and couples. Ideally, the groups will not be homogeneous but diverse in ages and life situations.
Q: What happens when a CORE Community meets?
A: CORE Communities meetings consist of fellowship, sharing, study, and prayer. Each week the community will probably last from 1½ to 2 hours. Every few weeks the community will take a break from study to fellowship, socialize, or serve together.
Q: What happens to the group after the year commitment ends?
A: So that multiplication of the Grace CORE Communities can occur, communities will form again the following September, which will allow communities to welcome new participants, new communities to be formed, and the transition of community leadership.
Q: What will be used for the weekly study?
A: CORE Communities will each begin with a foundational study on what it means to be community and what it means to be a disciple and make disciples. A resource list is also provided to the host to choose study materials for the community they lead.