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We are excited to have you as a leader in this ministry! Community Groups provide a space for people to connect deeper with Jesus, find support with others, and see real life change. Groups are where we see transformation take place and where people can discover who God has uniquely made them to be.

On this page you’ll find resources that will help you as you lead in your group. We can’t wait to hear and see all of the amazing things that God will do through your group!

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4D Living

Ideas for Neighboring/Living in 4D

As Community Groups come to a close for the summer and our neighbors begin to emerge from COVID. We have a wonderful opportunity before us to love our neighbors. Take a moment and look over each of the 4D’s below. Where are you with your neighbors? My guess is we each have neighbors at different D’s; some neighbors we barely know, some we are building a friendship with and learning their stories, others are like family.

Question: How can we love our neighbors more?

This summer we want to invite you to take the next step of learning to love your neighbors even more - to help we have provided some fun and practical D4 steps you can take to engage them and build lasting relationships that will have impact for the Kingdom. Each neighboring situation is unique and these lists are just a starting point. Please feel free to bring your own ideas and practices. We are so excited that you are joining us in this adventure and can’t wait to hear all the wonderful 4D stories.

We are better together!

D1 - Determined to Serve

  • Commit to learning and using your neighbor’s names.
  • Pray for your neighbors and the next steps in your relationship.
  • Purchase a bottle of hot sauce or BBQ sauce and deliver it to your neighbor as a fun gift.
  • Look for a practical opportunity to serve them. (Welcome a new neighbor with homemade goodies or hot sauce.)
  • Walk your neighborhood intentionally praying for each house and family member.

D2 - Develop a Friendship

  • Next time you BBQ, move your grill or table to the driveway or front of the house.
  • If you have kids, plan to play in the front yard/street all summer to be visible and connect with neighbors. Have your child’s pool out front with a cooler full of popsicles.
  • Host a block party - Use a fire pit or yard games, have an ice cream sundae party. You provide the ice cream and each neighbor brings a topping.
  • Handout some popsicles at your apartment or condo pool or playground.

D3 - Discover Their Story; Listen and Learn

  • Invite one neighbor or family over for a cookout or coffee and learn their story. (Where did they grow up, where are they from, where do they work?)
  • If an opportunity presents itself, pray with your neighbors.
  • Celebrate seasons of life with your neighbors. (Take part in birthday parties and special holidays. But also be available and present in times of loss, brokenness, and crisis.)

D4 - Live Life Together in Authentic Community

  • Invite your neighbor to be a part of your Community Group.
  • Invite your neighbor to come to a weekend experience with you or watch it with you online.
  • Invite your neighbors to be involved in a serving opportunity with Crossroads.

Care Support

Here are contacts and resources for the following areas:

Suggestions for Socials

We encourage each Community Group to plan one social event per semester where everyone can connect and have fun. These social events can include children too, if appropriate.
Click here for a list of ideas.

What is Biblical Community?

The mission of Crossroads Church is to serve people toward, and connect people to Jesus.  As we connect people to Jesus it is our desire to ultimately connect them to a new way of living, a lifestyle, that helps them grow in Jesus and embrace the freedom and hope He has secured for them.  We evaluate growth by people discovering who they are in Jesus and developing a passion to help others discover their unique “God design” as well.  This isn’t unique to Crossroads, but is the basic call to “make disciples” which Jesus gave to every church in Matthew 28:19-20.  In fulfilling this, we want to assist EVERYONE at Crossroads Church to cultivate a lifestyle of personal transformation and being used by God to transform the lives of others. 
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Dos and Don'ts

  • DO update your group with the Group Update Form each Semester. This ensures that the info is correct on the website during signups.
  • DO use your group time to facilitate discussion.
  • DO pray together and for one another.
  • DO serve together and serve one another.
  • DO take attendance each week.
  • DO take time to rest between semesters.
  • DON'T use group time for lecture-style teaching.
  • DON'T cancel your group without letting everyone know ahead of time.
  • DON'T worry if you don’t have all the answers.

FAQs

Why do I need to report attendance?
Reporting isn’t about numbers, it’s about stewardship. Taking your attendance is a way to help us track the engagement level of those in your group. If someone in your group misses a few meetings, there may be a need that has come up in their life. We take note of that. Your group is the first to step in and offer support and to bring growth and healing. We also want to ensure that if the help they need goes beyond what the group can provide, you are given the resources to help them.

How do I take attendance?
Each week you will receive an automatic Record Attendance email. 
> Click on the email RECORD ATTENDANCE Button.
> Check the people who have attended - hit NEXT
> If you want to record Notes and Topic, please fill in - hit NEXT
> If you want to fill in Prayer requests or notes, please fill in - hit FINISH
> Email and Event summary to: Fill in NO ONE. Hit SAVE

Are sign-ups the only way someone can join my group?
No - don’t be afraid to invite the people around you. Group members do not have to attend Crossroads Church. They can be your neighbors, friends, people you work with, a parent at the school your child attends, or even someone you know from the gym. Just make sure that you communicate with others in your group that you would like to invite someone to join.

Why do sign-ups close?
We have sign-ups during certain times so that the group can start on the topic together. If a person comes in the middle of the session it can disrupt the bonding and rhythm of the group. 

Why do we have semesters?
Semesters allow us to have rhythms and breaks for both leaders and members. We typically follow the rhythm of the school season. We never want someone to feel like they are part of a group indefinitely and semester breaks also give people a chance to opt in or out.

Who decides the max number for my group?
We recommend that group sizes are no larger than 12-15 in order for the individuals to create deep and meaningful relationships with each other and also so all have a chance to participate. In addition, groups are often held in a person's home and depending on the space can determine how many can attend.