What are Community Groups?
Community Groups effectively take the larger church crowd and make the body smaller and accessible, from hundreds of people to 10-20 people living in community together. Community Groups focus on studying the Bible, prayer, and sharing a meal (Acts 2:42). Although it is essentially impossible to fellowship, to live in community, with the entire body of Ridgedale Baptist Church throughout the week, members of Community Groups will study, pray, eat, and live in Gospel Community with the other people in their group during weekly gatherings.
What Else Will We Do in Community Groups?
Along with the regular group meetings to share a meal, pray, and study the Word together, we also think it is important for group members to spend time doing other activities together. We encourage our groups to party and serve quarterly. So for one group meeting a quarter, you just share a meal, play games, etc. These party dates are great times to invite prospective group members, family, friends, neighbors, to come see what your group is all about. For one group meeting per quarter (and obviously as often as you desire to do so), we would love for our groups to find a way to serve and be on mission in their communities.
Who Can Be In Community Groups?
As we work to Equip Disciples at Ridgedale, it is our expectation that all members will participate in community groups. However, we also welcome anyone who wants to follow the Great Commission, to enjoy fellowship, and grow in their faith with other members of the body to also join a Community Group. Lost family members, friends, and co-workers may not feel comfortable attending a corporate worship service, but they may very well accept an invitation to come to your home group to share a meal and discuss the Bible. Our lost neighbors may accept an invitation to come to a classroom setting or a coffee shop to learn about Jesus in a safer, relaxed environment, where they can ask questions and know that they are loved. We must always remember the Great Commission in everything that we do at Ridgedale to ensure that we are living on mission to Equip Disciples and Engage the Nations to Encounter Christ. Ideally, Community Group members will live in close proximity to one another, in the same neighborhood or at least the same part of the Chattanooga area, which will allow for regular interactions inside and outside of the Community Group.
What Types of Community Groups Do We Offer?
At Ridgedale, we offer a variety of Community Group settings:
Sunday School Classes
The first type of Community Group that we offer at Ridgedale is our traditional Sunday School classes. Each Sunday morning, from 9:15-10:15 AM, these classes meet around the Ridgedale campus. Most classes are co-ed and age-segmented, although certain classes are same gender and open to a variety of age groups.
Small Group Bible Studies
The second variety of Community Group settings is our Small Group Bible studies. These groups meet throughout the week at various times and places. Several Small Group Bible studies meet on Wednesday nights on the Ridgedale campus from 6:00-7:30 PM. Wednesday night groups coincide with our children’s and youth group Bible studies and are a convenient option for families.
The last category of Community Groups that we offer at Ridgedale is the Home Group. Home Groups take place in the homes of church members across the Greater Chattanooga area at various days and times. Home Groups are co-ed and open to all ages. Home Groups share a meal together and then study the Bible together.
How Do I get Plugged into a Community Group?
To find a Community Group that best fits with your schedule open document below.