I know, I know. Sounds oxymoronic, doesn't it? But it really was an exciting meeting tonight with some of this year's Community Group leaders! The enthusiasm is growing as our groups prepare to get underway, beginning with the C.G. Kickoff this Sunday night (6pm) in the Ministry Center auditorium.
The prospect this year of being able to invite Sunday morning guests to Sunday afternoon/evening Community Groups has our group leaders fired up. We think it's going to be the perfect bridge for helping Sunday morning guests get to know people in the church. "We're grilling out tonight and doing some Bible learning afterwards. How about coming along?"
For one thing, Sunday night Community Groups mean we're going to be a lot more deliberate in trying to connect (meaningfully) with our Sunday morning guests each week. Personally, when new people visit MVB, I hope they get multiple invites from smiling, enthusiastic, joyful church members. Beats the heck out of "I-went-to-that-church-and-nobody-said-a-word-to-me." (By the way, Tim Keller's book, The Prodigal God, will be our starter text for 2009 -- and it's outstanding!)
Can't wait to hear a bunch of exciting reports from this year's groups! It'll be neat to see what the Lord does.
PS Remember that I'll be leading an interactive Bible study on Sunday nights at 6pm in the Fellowship Hall (complete with coffee!) for anybody who wishes to come. Mike Kean will get the ball rolling for this week, as I'll be on my way back from a trip to D.C. with my dad.