Pastor launched a new small group session in September 2019 with an urgent impression to help us put our armor on—to be ready for what could be coming for us as Christians.
It’s his 2020 vision of church in the temple and in homes.
It’s about “us” and “them”.
It’s about not waiting for the unsaved to grace our doors, but to walk alongside them with the Bible.
Our Small Group advisory team came together to research what groups should/could look like when our Fall session was over. Through all of that, God put it on our hearts that we needed to change the culture of how groups are done. That’s when Freestyle was born—individuals being free to grab a friend or two and form a group that dives into the Word to study what they need at that time and seek God together. It completely coincided with what Pastor was thinking and we didn't even realize it at the time!
We have heard testimonies of how people are reaching out because they now see how easy it is where they didn’t in the past. They see how we can be the feet of Jesus and walk alongside someone in doubt, anxiety, fear to show them how loving our God is.
Obviously, we had no idea what was to come. Enter: COVID-19.
In light of the latest developments and recommendations around the Corona pandemic, here are a few ways small group leaders are “freestyling” the next few weeks.
- Reaching out to group members via phone, text, email.
- Utilizing social media
- Video chats through Facebook, Zoom or Google Hangout so everyone can see each other and be together at the same time online.
- Hosting watch parties on Facebook.
- Doing YouVersion devotionals together with the ability to comment on each day’s reading. Some groups are doing a 7-day devotional over the course of 7 weeks.