FOLLOWING JESUS TOGETHER

Imperfect people pursuing God’s perfect plan for our lives.

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made and making

We’re all about helping people to become active and responsible followers of Jesus, active and responsible family members, active and responsible stewards, and active and responsible disciple-makers.

To put it simply, a disciple is a fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ. We aren’t perfect, but we follow the One who is.

Discipleship, or disciple-making, is the calling and responsibility of every believer. So we are both made, and called to make disciples.

While Jesus didn’t prescribe any particular discipleship formulas or programs, in light of the commission He gave His followers in Matthew 28, we think it does necessitate some intentionality on our part.

our Integrated process

We believe that as we consistently engage the word of God together in community, seeking to apply it to our lives, we will grow as a result, with the help of the Holy Spirit.

With the Bible as the centerpiece of our disciple-making efforts, we’ve adopted an integrated approach that involves engaging scripture in three ways.

 

Personal Study

The first way we engage scripture is through personal study, where we take it upon ourselves to explore the passage on our own and consider its application to our lives. We do this in advance of our Sunday gathering where the same passage we've been studying will be the basis of the talk.


 

Sunday Talks

The second way we engage scripture is through the Sunday talk where the Word of God is preached. Our Sunday talks build upon the foundation laid by our personal study and help provide a theological framework for understanding the passage so that we can know more about God and His plan for us.


 

Discipleship Groups

The third way we engage scripture is in a Discipleship Group where we work through how to apply God's truth to our lives. These are gender-specific groups up to four people that provide a relational context where the combination of personal study and the preaching from the previous Sunday fuel discussion about what God has been revealing to us on a personal level.

 
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Questions & Answers

Q - how do i know what passage to study?

The Weekly Bible Passage can be found here, at the very top of any page on this site, and it is also posted on all our social media feeds (Instagram, twitter, and facebook).

Q - What is a Discipleship Group at Collective Church?

Our Discipleship Groups are gender-specific small groups of up to 4 people that meet weekly and commit to help one another experience spiritual growth and live out their faith. While we are thrilled to see Christians encouraging one another in any form, Discipleship Groups at Collective Church are something very specific as they are the third part of the integrated process outlined above.

Q - What does a Discipleship Group do?

People meet up with their Discipleship Group to discuss how God has been encouraging, convicting, challenging, and comforting them through their personal study and the previous Sunday’s talk. An emphasis is placed on discovering what obedience looks like and how we might actually live out our faith. Our prayer is that Discipleship Groups would help facilitate people growing in Christ-likeness.

 

Q - Who leads the Discipleship Group?

There is no designated leader in any of our Discipleship Groups. Rather than being leader-driven, the group functions as each member commits to help the others grow. This shared commitment keeps the group on track with built-in accountability.

 Q - WhEN and where DO Discipleship GroupS MEET UP?

Discipleship Groups meet weekly at a time and location of their own choosing. This makes it easier for more people to participate in our integrated discipleship process because groups are meeting up all throughout the week

Q - How do Discipleship Groups form and/or how do I find one?

Discipleship Groups form as people relationally connect and decide to commit to the process together. That means you can form a new group or join an existing one. One obvious way to meet others is through a Neighborhood Dinner. As you connect with people, consider how well your life rhythms, work schedule, and neighborhood of residence, line up with theirs. If you need some help, let us know.

 

Q - why doesn’t the church place people in discipleship groups?

It’s really easy for well-meaning discipleship efforts to become bogged down in complexity and we’re trying to keep it simple. On a fundamental level, Discipleship Groups are simply about people committing to help one another grow spiritually through the regular examination and application of God’s word. Rather than micromanaging the process or "arranging marriages," so to speak, we think it’s best for people to connect on a relational level and go from there. That said, we can still assist in the process when needed.

 

Q - Why aren't Discipleship Groups larger than 4 people?

There are a few very practical reasons for this. By keeping the size of the group small, there are fewer schedules to coordinate between the members of the group, introverts are more likely to participate, and the smaller size of the group ensures everyone gets a chance to fully engage in discussion.

Q - What do i do if someone asks if they can join my discipleship group but my Group is already at 4 people and therefore full?

While there are good reasons for capping Discipleship Groups at four, rather than considering the group “full” we should think of it as ready to spin off a new group. Discipleship Groups should have regular conversations about making discipleship available to more people by spinning off a new Discipleship Group. The new person coming in becomes the catalyst for the group to become two separate groups. Between the two groups there will be space for three more people to participate in the disciple-making process with others.

Q - What if the age and spiritual maturity of everyone in the Discipleship Group is about the same?

That’s not a problem. The disciple-making process at Collective Church isn't limited by the availability of mature Christians who can take less mature Christians under their wing. That approach could lead to being very man-centered instead of relying on the Holy Spirit to empower and enable us to edify and encourage one another. In this “one another” approach to disciple-making, we believe that anyone who has the Spirit of God living inside of them has the capacity to encourage others to live for Jesus.

Q - What do I do if I’m having trouble finding a Discipleship Group to be a part of?

Let us help you.