Relational Groups at Trinity
Community Groups: While community groups come together for the purpose of accomplishing a specific task or ministry, it is more important that each participant experiences a network of support with an emphasis on prayer, fellowship and Bible study. Examples of community groups would be choir, a book study, the renovation ministry, or the front door ministry. In each case, the group is focusing on a task, but in the context of intentional community. The commitment level for such groups depends on the task, and these groups should remain open to new members when at all possible.
Covenant Groups: Covenant groups focus on accountability and will usually be smaller in size. A covenant group is usually formed with friends you can trust and who share similar values. You may meet weekly, every other week or even once a month, but the goal is to achieve a deep level of authenticity and vulnerability. Each member will commit to walking through life together, sharing failures and success, and empowering one another to live lives of greater consistency and integrity. The time commitment for a covenant group may be anywhere from one year to life and should be agreed upon at the conception of the group. Covenant groups should remain closed to new members unless each person in the group agrees on an additional person or persons.
Cell Groups: Cell groups focus on evangelism and multiplication and remain open and seeker driven. Each person in the group should be thinking about their gifts, abilities, and their sphere of influence. The drive behind a cell group is answering the question "How can I bring the people I know into this community environment where they will find the Gospel both relevant and irresistible (Fulfilling the Great Commission)? While there may be a point person (leader), each person should be preparing to lead as these groups should grow rapidly and intentionally, and then divide into new groups with new leadership as soon as possible. Cell groups will always remain open to new members.
If you have an idea or a curriculum you'd like to consider, please contact James Leonard (James@TrinityNY.org) to arrange for a time to discuss your ideas. To view a listing of the current groups, check out the Community@Trinity page.