Connection Group is an integral part of our walk with God here at Beachside. A Connection Group is 5 to 20 people who gather weekly to encourage, challenge, and care for one another for the purpose of becoming fully devoted followers of Christ. We meet weekly to discuss the sermon that our Lead Pastor just gave and share ideas of how to specifically apply it to our own lives. We take time every week to fellowship, pray for each other, hold each other accountable to tell others about Jesus, and live out our faith every day.
Simply put, “life is better together!” God made us that way. As God was creating everything He said that everything was very good. Then He looked down at Adam all alone and said, "It is not good that the man should be alone." He designed us to live in community with one another so that we could encourage, challenge, and care for one another.
We encourage each group to commit to one another for a set period of time. Connection Groups launch every year in January and run through November, but you can jump into a group at any time. Feel free to try out any group that you want to, but we encourage everyone to commit to one group so that you can build meaningful relationships that will help you navigate through the difficult moments in life and celebrate with you in the good times.
Connection group leaders are responsible for providing their groups with support and encouragement. They do not need to be Bible experts or teachers. They simply need to love helping people take their next step with God. Leaders are successful when they are personally growing in their walk with God, community with Christians, and influence with those who haven't yet trusted in Jesus, and are leading their groups in such a way as to encourage the group members’ growth in these areas as well. Each Connection Group leader is supported by the Lead Pastor.
It is not difficult to become a Connection Group leader, but it does involve a serious commitment to care for the members of your group. You can start by becoming an active member of your group and asking your leader how you can get more involved. If you are serious about leading a group, ask your leader for a Connection Group leader application and a Connection Group Leader manual. Once your application is submitted, you will have an interview with your leader and the Lead Pastor.
Charlene leads a group for adults that meets Tuesdays at 6:30pm.
Sherry leads a group for adults that meets Wednesdays at 6:30pm.
Tom and Elaine lead a group that meets Thursdays at 6:30pm.