The Biblical Foundation for CARE Groups
The scriptures provide us with a God-given strategy for conserving the harvest of CRCC. The principle of small groups can be seen throughout the Word of God.
Jesus modeled small group life with the twelve disciples.
“Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with him and that He might send them out to preach.” (Mark 3:14)
Small groups were an integral part of the early church structure.
“All the believers were together and had everything in common…every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts…” (Acts 2:44-47)
“Day after Day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and preaching the good news that Jesus is the Christ!” (Acts 5:42)
“You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house” (Acts 20:20)
What are CARE Groups?
C.A.R.E.: CaringAnd Reaching Everyone
A CARE Group is a small group of 10-20 people who meet together regularly and are committed to the development of authentic community through loving and serving Christ and one another. It is a spiritual organism where the dynamics of life and evangelism are practiced.
What are the Reasons for Care Groups?
.... Because CARE Groups meet needs
- They meet the need for a biblical pattern. (Acts 20:20)
- They meet the need for intimate personal relationships. (Eccl. 4:9- 11)
- They meet the need for intimate expression. (1 Cor 14:26)
- They meet the need for effective evangelism. (John 4:37)
- They meet the need for spiritual growth. (Eph 4:16)
- They meet the need for developing leaders. (II Tim 2:2)
- They meet the need for releasing every believer into ministry. (Eph 4:12)
CARE Groups make good sense.
Theologically—Small groups are a simple and dynamic way for God to express His Character and ministry.
Biblically—Small groups are among the most important activities in the New Testament.
Historically—Small groups have aided and preserved church growth for centuries.
Practically—Small groups integrate and simplify the ministry of the local church.