Missional Community Groups

Frequently Asked Questions

Here at Emmaus, we have developed Missional Community Groups with great intentionality for your spiritual health and development. Whether you are new to MC Groups or have been involved for many years, below you will find answers to both the strategy and heart behind these discipleship environments.

What are Missional Community Groups?

MCs are small groups of people within our church that gather weekly throughout the year to dig into scripture, seeking to apply the truth of God’s Word to their lives as they follow Jesus. Groups gather in homes across our community under the leadership of approved leaders. They seek to grow into deep friendships in biblical community founded upon the Word, prayer, and God’s mission.

What will we study?

At Emmaus, all MC Groups study scripture. Each week, we dig deeper into the same passage that was preached the previous Sunday – entering into a discussion that aims to help us apply the scriptures to our lives in order to walk faithfully in obedience to them. We want to become a people who are doers of the word, not just hearers (James 1:22-25). We want to build our lives upon the rock, not upon the sand (Matthew 7:24-27).

Why are they called Missional Community Groups?

As we seek to live obedient lives that follow Jesus closely, we want to become a people that join him on the mission that he entrusted to us — making disciples! MC Groups are a place where you will be challenged to grow in your faith to the point where you begin to replicate by helping others grow in their faith as well. We seek to be disciples that follow Jesus closely, that introduce others to Jesus, and help them follow Him as well!

Where do MC Groups meet?

Most of our MC Groups gather in homes of church members across our community, but a handful meet on campus at Emmaus Church. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we also have a few groups that meet exclusively online via video-conference-calls.

How do I choose which MC Group to join?

We encourage you to find a group based on geography – which group that is closest to you that works for your schedule. We encourage all groups to be engaged missionally in their communities, so by building community where you live, it allows you to better minister to your own area of town. It also better allows for groups to care for each other deeply in their seasons of need.

How do I sign-up for a group?

This fall, registration will open on August 23, 2020. Until then, we have made all the groups available to explore so that you can begin to think through what type of group you want to join. On August 23 – you can signup by selecting the group you desire from the Digital Groups or In Person Groups pages, and filling out the registration form associated with each group. If you have any troubles with this, give us a call – 678-866-3332!

Can I join a group just for women? Or men?

We do not have any groups that are exclusively for one gender. All groups are formed coed, and we encourage families to join a group together (spouses in the same group). Some of our groups do gather by gender on alternating weeks (women the first week, then men, and so on) – this helps reduce the need for childcare and keeps gatherings smaller and more intimate. If you are interested in a group that meets by gender, be sure to look for this option as you explore the groups.

Do you have groups just for singles? Young marrieds? Parents of Teens? Etc?

We do not. We intentionally organize our MC Groups based on geography, not stage of life. We believe that healthy friendships with older and younger believers is an important part of a spiritual community, and thereby encourage healthy diversity of age and stage of life in all of our groups. If you have never been a part of a community group organized this way, we pray that you will be open to giving it a try and seeing what God might have for you!

Help! I cannot decide which group to join!

Our team is here to help! We would love to hear more about your family, and help talk you through some of the options that might fit best for you. Give us a call anytime – 678-866-3332 – or email us at [email protected]

Can I visit several groups?

Yes, of course you can. If you are having trouble deciding on one group to visit, you can certainly visit a few to help you with your decision. However, if this applies to you, I would also highly recommend that you give us a call to talk through the options. Our team loves to help you find your people. We are very familiar with each group, the leaders, the members, and the locations. We can usually help you narrow down your options to help with the visiting process. Give us a call anytime – 678-866-3332 – or email us at [email protected].

Do I have to wear a mask?

During this season of COVID-19, we do encourage all group members of all groups to wear a mask during group meetings. At some groups, this will be required for safety purposes. As you explore groups, you will see the groups where masks are required with that distinction noted.

Can children attend?

No. MC Groups are designed for community and discussion among adults. To protect those conversations, we discourage bringing your children to group with you. If this is a barrier to participation for you, we do offer partial expense reimbursement for childcare costs. If you would like to explore this option or fill out the forms to utilize it, please click here.

Is childcare available at some groups?

No. During this season of COVID-19, we are not providing childcare at any of our MC Groups. We will, however, be offering partial expense reimbursement of childcare costs to families that need it. If you would like to explore this option or fill out the forms to utilize it, please click here.

I would like to lead a group. How can I do that?

All of our leaders come from within our covenant membership at Emmaus, recruited, assessed, equipped, and coached by our elders and staff. If you are interested in stepping into leadership – the very first step would be to reach out to Pastor Brian and let him know!

What if I have a question that you did not answer?

We are always here to talk you through any question that you have. Give us a call anytime – 678-866-3332 – or email us at [email protected].