Throughout the week, we gather in groups to build genuine community as we strive to center our lives on Jesus Christ.
Why ARE Community Groups Important?
Community Groups are the primary vehicle of community at Centennial Church. They are the front lines for pastoral care where people are encouraging one another toward life centered on Jesus Christ.
What DO Community Groups Focus On?
In the books of Acts, we read about the first Christians living a new way of life in a new community (Acts 2:42-47). We observe their devotion to at least three things: They were devoted to God’s Word, genuine community with other believers, and living missionally-focused lives. We believe that if our Community Groups are doing these three things they will be healthy, God-glorifying groups.
Devoted to Biblical Teaching
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching... (verse 42a)
We see that the early church was fully devoted to Christ and His Word. Therefore, we ask our Community Groups to study God’s Word, have Christ-centered discussions, and encourage each other towards full devotion to Christ in every area of life.
They examined the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so (Acts 17:11).
We see the Bereans eagerly accepting the Scriptures and reflecting back to the Old Testament for confirmation of the teachers' words. Our practice of Christian maturity needs to be daily.
Devoted to Genuine Community
They devoted themselves...to the fellowship (verse 42b).
We see the early church not only devoted to God’s Word, but also to consistent, genuine community. Therefore, we want our group members to form genuine friendships with each other so that they share life together.
Devoted to Mission
And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need (verse 45).
...and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved (verse 47).
We see the early church being devoted to the mission of Christ by serving the community, sharing the Gospel, and developing future leaders to carry out the mission. Therefore, we ask our Community Groups to be missionally-minded - to serve our community, the under-resourced and hurting throughout Collin County. We also ask our Community Groups to develop future leaders who can in turn impact other people.
What is the format?
Groups differ based on the group members and leadership but generally there is 25-30 min of conversation, sharing, prayer and 40-50 min of interactive teaching.
Where/when do Community Groups meet?
At leaders' homes throughout the week. See the current groups here.
Is Childcare provided?
Not all groups offer childcare, but there are options available. Some group members share the responsibility of watching the kids, split the cost for a sitter, or make other arrangements. Let us know if you would like to join a group with a childcare option.
What do the Community Groups study?
Studies vary from books of the Bible, to theological issues (Christ, salvation), to Christian skills (parenting, marriage, finances).
Should I bring my Bible?
Do the Groups do activities too?
Yes, informally and planned! Our hope is that you will find a few great friends to share life together. Community Groups are also encouraged to mobilize for service projects within the church and within our community. Community Groups should grow together – through study and prayer, play, and service!
How often DO GROUPS MEET?
Groups meet on different days and times throughout the week. Some meet every week, some meet every other week, or some meet once a month.
Use the Group Finder to see when and how often each Group meets.
Can’t make a commitment to a group yet?
Definitely check out our Adult Bible Fellowship class on Sundays at 9:00am in the church portable building, or one of our periodic training seminars.
How do I join?
Visit a group or two until you feel ready and then jump right in!
Contact us anytime for more information or for help getting connected to a group!