The mission of Calvary Church is to learn, live, and share the good news of Jesus. Our mission is based on the three essential attributes of followers of Christ found in Matthew 28:18-20: They were taught, they were challenged to live out they had learned, and they took what they had learned and shared it with others, by passing on that instruction verbally and by modeling it before others.
We know that small group environments are most effective at facilitating this learning, living and sharing for a number of reasons:
- God calls us to “love one another”. We can’t love others in any meaningful way if we don’t first get to know them.
- The most effective form of teaching is modeling. Building relationships with other Christians provides us the opportunity to learn from one another how to apply the teaching of the Bible to our everyday lives.
- Learning is most effective when there is an opportunity for discussion. The small group environment allows for dialogue which is necessary to insure that what has been “taught” has been “caught”.
Therefore, our strategy involves creating small groups to nurture people’s faith according to their stage of spiritual development and life situation. Jesus and Paul demonstrate the need to meet people where they are and to minister to them as they are, in order to equip them to become who God wants them to be. (Luke 19:1-10; John 4; Acts 17; 22-34; 1 Corinthians 9:19-23)