One of the primary ways we build relationships and cultivate fellowship is through a network of small groups—what we call “Care Groups.” Care Groups allow us to relate and connect more deeply with a small number of people. Care Groups provide an important context for accomplishing a number of Biblical priorities. We see these priorities as assisting the growth of all Highland Park members and those yet to become members as they reflect the commitments we make in our membership covenant.
Our purpose can be clarified in three ways seen in Hebrews 13:15-17.
We are to be a…
Sacrifice of Praise (vs.15)- We are called to continually praise the Lord with one another and be thankful people. This sacrifice of praise is only acceptable to God through the grace offered to us through Christ. He makes our praise acceptable and so our meetings must be anchored in the Word of God that keeps our focus on Jesus Christ.
Service to One Another (vs.16)- Through this same grace we don’t just speak praise but we act towards one another in meeting needs. This service done in Christ is acceptable service that pleases God. We would hope that all the Care Group members would take personal ownership of their groups by attending to the needs that arise. We would also love to see groups helping other groups as needed in day-to-day living.
Source of Joy to Our Leadership (vs.17)- As we remember and retain the teachings of our former leaders (Hebrews 13:7-8) we are to follow our present leaders with an eye towards making their final accounting to God a joy. When they speak about leading us as a people, we want them to do this with great joy. We also want their ministry toward us now to be a joy. As Care Groups, we are committed to not only follow our leadership, but also supporting them as they seek to follow Christ. We will accomplish this by listening carefully to communication that is brought to our attention and seeking to participate in supporting the direction they are going.