The Way We “Do” Community Groups at DRBC

Description of Community Groups
Del Ray Baptist Church Community Groups promote discipleship with people intentionally committed to
each other who examine and apply the teachings of Godʼs Word to their lives, foster geographically based
and biblically centered relationships by sharing life together, and promote sharing the Gospel of Jesus
Christ in their communities.

Goal of Community Groups
The primary goal of Community Groups is to make disciples or followers of Jesus Christ (Mt 28:19-20).
Community Groups promote discipleship by building biblical relationships through the teaching and
application of Godʼs Word (Gospel Ministry) and out of which leads to encouraging one another to share
the Gospel with others. By Godʼs Grace and through the power of His Spirit and the application of His
Word, Community Groups will encourage and equip members to be disciples of Jesus Christ that have
deep, genuine relationships with each other and who desire to make disciples of others by sharing the
Gospel of Jesus Christ with those around them.

How Community Groups Make Disciples
Community Groups promote discipleship by building biblical relationships through the teaching and
application of Godʼs Word out of which leads to sharing the Gospel.

• Building Biblical Relationships (Building Community)
And they devoted themselves to….the fellowship (sharing life together) … Acts 2:42

Community Groups live life together for the glory of God in particular localities and neighborhoods for
growth in grace and the advancement of the Gospel. They are actively associated with one another on
a regular basis, living out their daily lives with a special commitment to each other. They develop and
sustain biblically centered relationships by sharing life together in such a way as to enable each other to
see into one anotherʼs hearts and lives to help one another grow in the knowledge and wisdom of
Christ. They encourage one another by speaking the truth in love to each other. They make life
decisions together. The result will be disciples of Jesus Christ in Gospel-centered relationships in local
areas that display the truth of the Gospel and truly love one another.

• Through Teaching and Application of Godʼs Word (Gospel Ministry).
And they devoted themselves to the apostlesʼ teaching…, Acts 2:42

Whenever they meet or when members share life together, Community Groups first and foremost
discuss and apply Godʼs Word to their lives. Through the prayerful study and application of Scripture,
the members will strengthen their knowledge of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ as well as wrestle
with how to live day by day in light of Scripture. The focus is to challenge and encourage each other to
grow in their relationship with God and live God-honoring lives in obedience to His Word in Scripture.
The primary method for teaching and applying Godʼs Word is to discuss the Sunday Sermon, focusing
on understanding how to apply the message in Scripture to their lives. This helps Community Groups
remain focused on what we are doing together as a Church, contributing to the unity of the Church as a
whole. The result will be to encourage each other to live changed lives as followers of Jesus Christ as
well as build biblically centered relationships.

• Out of Which Leads to Sharing the Gospel (Evangelism and Outreach)
Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word, Acts 8:4

Making disciples through the teaching and application of Godʼs Word in biblical relationships should
naturally lead to the desire to share the love of God and the Good News of Jesus Christ with others
around them. Community Groups genuinely seek to share the Gospel with others. They partner with
one another to share the Good News of salvation to unbelievers and unchurched in their communities.
They actively seek Gospel growth and the salvation of others. They encourage and equip one another
to have the confidence to proclaim the Gospel to others. With an outward focused orientation,

Del Ray Baptist Church Community Group Philosophy
Community Groups become lights and enclaves that project the light of the Gospel and the truth of God
to their neighbors, co-workers and neighborhoods.

How Community Groups Work (Methodology)
• Community Groups are built around believers in Jesus Christ who are members of Del Ray Baptist
Church and who live in specific localities and neighborhoods. These members regularly gather together
and invest their lives into each other in order to build deep, biblical relationships that promote the
Gospel in each other as well as to encourage the sharing of the Gospel in their communities. They live
near each other, drop in on each other, work together, do chores together, take care of each othersʼ
children and seek other ways to knit their lives together in regular association.

• Community Groups are open and welcoming to new members or visitors committed to becoming
members of Del Ray Baptist Church. Community Groups may invite visitors to their groups, who live in
their communities and are believers that desire membership at Del Ray Baptist Church or seek to learn
more about community groups. This allows the visitor to see into the life of the Church and be
encouraged. Community Groups should make clear to visitors that regular participation in group life is
intended for church members or for those who have committed to pursuing church membership.

• Community Groups regularly gather at a specific time and place to discuss the Sunday sermon,
primarily to apply the message of Scripture to their daily lives and the life of the group. They encourage
transparency with each other through the thoughtful application of Godʼs word to their lives. Community
Groups focus on the sermon in order to promote the unity of the entire church and to avoid groups from
becoming “little churches.” They are committed to the church as a whole, not just to the group.

• Community Groups can use various creative ways to unpack the sermon and make it practical, such as
pre-arranged testimonies, interviews, historical biographies, drama or even games. Such creative ways
will help people remember Godʼs Word while simultaneously developing real friendships that are based
on mutual trust and affection.

• Community Groups can plan for specific events like game nights, service activities, outreach meetings,
dinners and other activities together that will focus their attention on people in that group and build their
own schedules around the life of the group. They should plan for ministry opportunities together,
especially to share the Gospel in their communities and workplaces, reach out to homebound DRBC
members, reach out to visitors to DRBC in their communities, host outreach activities throughout the
year for non-Christians to see the love of God displayed and the body of Christ at work.

• Community Groups have an evangelistic mindset that encourages each other through prayer and
partnership to share the Gospel with others in the community. They strategize together and encourage
one another to share the Gospel with others. They specifically pray for individuals and groups with
whom they are sharing the Gospel, such as family, friends, co-workers, and acquaintances. They plan
opportunities in their communities to share the Gospel with their neighbors.

Community Group Leaders
Community Group leaders are developed under the mentorship of the Pastors and other Community
Group leaders. When the Elders or Community Group leader identify someone with the potential to lead
a group, that person will come under the mentorship of another Community Group leader or an Elder and
given the opportunity to share in the leadership of group. When the Elders agree that the potential group
leader is capable and prepared to lead a group, he is asked to partner with others in their community to
lead a Community Group. Periodically, all the group leaders will gather together to share about their
groups and discuss leadership of the groups.

Multiplying Community Groups
Community Groups grow with the view to plant new Community Groups. This is a difficult task. As
groups build deep relationships, most will be reluctant to leave the group and form new groups. But as
Community Groups share life together and develop deep relationships, keeping the word of God central
to their relationships, these groups will continue to grow until they are too large to be practical. Too large
is often a measure of the home or location where the group regularly meets. One group may be 5 or less
families with children. Another group may be 10 people meeting in an apartment. A third group may be
20 or more regularly meeting in a larger location.

As the Del Ray Baptist Church family grows, we will have clusters of members from different communities
or neighborhoods. Members may begin as part of one group. As that group grows, a cluster of members
from one neighborhood may decide or the Pastors and Community Group leaders may ask that cluster to
form a separate group in their neighborhood. The Pastors will identify a group leader and the cluster of
neighborhood members will then plant a new Community Group in their neighborhood. This is a biblical
model of spreading the Gospel into the world.

Therefore Community Groups should plan for and look forward to identifying potential neighborhoods into
which they can plant a Gospel witness. They should seek to encourage group leaders and others in the
group, who can go and make disciples in other communities by planting new Community Groups. And
they should rejoice with the knowledge that as their group grows, God is providing the opportunity for
them to share the gospel in other communities by partnering together to plant new groups in order to
share the light of Christ in that part of the world. And as groups multiply, they may partner together to
encourage one another or to promote sharing the gospel together.

Community Groups are Not…
• merely events that we attend; they are sharing life together, building relationships around Godʼs Word
• only social groups to make friends and have fun together; they apply the word of God to each other by
speaking the truth of God in love to one another and endeavoring to share the Gospel with others
• theological institutions for people to display their knowledge; they are biblical relationships for sinners to
wrestle with the application of Scripture by living out their lives together
• performance-oriented events; they are daily relationships build around living out the Gospel together
and partnering to share the Gospel with others in their community

Del Ray Baptist Church Community Groups
Del Ray Baptist Church Community Groups seek to make disciples and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ
in specific geographic areas by sharing life together in deep relationships, devoting themselves to
teaching one another and applying to one another the truths of Godʼs word that leads to partnering
together to share the Gospel with others in order to make disciples. By the Grace of God under the
power of His Holy Spirit and rooted in the word of God, pray that Del Ray Baptist Church Community
Groups glorify God and make His name known in our communities.

If you’re interested in finding out more about DRBC Community Groups please contact us at info@delraybaptist.org.