MBC is a big church; discipleship groups are the way we make it smaller to develop meaningful relationships. Over time, the people in your discipleship group become your friends. You get to know one another better and better; you look out for one another, and pray for one another, and live life on mission together. In fact, discipleship groups are the primary way we organize our church.
So if someone asks, “Where do I go to get plugged into community?”, our answer is, “Come join a discipleship group”. If someone asks, “Where do I go to get training?”, our answer is “Come join a discipleship group”. If someone asks, “Where do I go to get help with struggles in my marriage?”, our answer is, “Come join a discipleship group.” If MBC is your home church, you’ll want to join one.
MBC has two kinds of groups: discipleship groups and community groups.
Discipleship groups help every member do three things: care for one another like a family, grow to become more like Jesus, and make disciples locally and globally. They typically meet 2-4 times a month. During the first hour, some of them eat dinner and catch up on life. They might also spend some time talking about last week’s sermon and what God is doing in their lives. During the second hour, they might break into smaller groups of 3 or 4 people of the same gender to talk and pray more specifically. If MBC is your home church, we encourage you to join a discipleship group so that you get the full experience of a local church. If you’re interested in joining a group, we invite you to attend Starting Point.
Community groups are every other kind of group. We highly recommend joining a discipleship group, because they will provide a full local church experience, and we can care for you in those relationships, however great things happen in community groups too. That said, we encourage you to make community groups a supplement to your discipleship group, not a substitute for a discipleship group. To see a full listing of community groups, look through this month’s Ministry Directory.
Most of our groups are organized geographically, so there will likely be one near you.