Fellowship’s small group ministry is the essential ingredient to those who call Fellowship home. In a Home Church you will grow in relationship with God and one another through prayer, study and community. We have listed some of the most frequently asked questions concerning Home Church at Fellowship. If you have more questions, please let Shane know my emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Why every week?
- Why sermon-based?
- Why not a bible study?
- What are the expectations of a member of a Home Church?
- What are the expectations of a leader of a Home Church?
- What if I get in a HC and it is not a good fit for us?
- What do I do with my kids during Home Church?
Q: Why every week?
A: Home Church is all about relationships and studies show that adults relationships are fostered best through consistently being together over a long period of time. We meet every week in homes across Conway and Greenbrier for three terms a year, approximately 30 weeks. During the summer we take a formal break, although many Home Churches come up with a plan in order to stay connected over the hectic summer months.
Q: Why sermon-based?
A: James 1:22 says, “But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.” It is too common in our culture to feel like we need more Bible studies, more sermons, more inputs. However, what if we focused on a few Biblical inputs and then lived out what the Holy Spirit called us to do? What if we not only heard the truth, but had a community to help us live it out through application? That is why we have strategically made our small groups sermon-based. Sundays at Fellowship we hear Biblical teaching for 35-45 minutes. Home Church allows a place in community to share how God desires to live that out in the coming weeks.
Q: Why not a Bible Study?
A: We believe all believers are called to be actively engaged in personal Bible Study. This is the best way to grow in your relationship with God. Fellowship desires not to merely provide you with a Bible Study, but to equip you to study your Bible on your own effectively. Fellowship does expository preaching that helps with not only life application, but how you approach Scriptures as you engage in personal study.
Q: What are the expectations of a member of a Home Church?
A: We ask everyone who is a member of a Home Church to be present and prepared. Again, with Home Church being all about relationships, everyone needs to be present to see that happen. Obviously things will come up – sickness, vacation, unexpected extended hours of work, etc – but we want Home Church to be on your calendar in pen, as a commitment to keep. This puts the entire Home Church in the best possible position to know and grow in relationship with one another as well as grow closer to God through what He has taught everyone else in the group that may speak directly to someone else. Being prepared means that if you have missed church that Sunday morning, you listen to the podcast so you can be an active participant in the discussion.
Q: What are the expectations of a leader of a Home Church?
A: To foster relationships and discussion in Home Church. The leaders of Home Church have committed to having a Home Church every week during the terms we are meeting. They have committed to pray and love well those the Lord places under their care. The Home Church leader is an honored leadership role within the Fellowship culture!
Q: What if I get in a HC and it is not a good fit for us?
A: We believe relationships develop best when you are with people you share some interests and can relate to. If you have checked out a week or two of a HC and it does not seem like a good fit, revisit with the HC Pastor in order to try another one. If you have been in one past the third week, we suggest staying through the term and then checking out others the following term.
Q: What do I do with my kids during Home Church?
A: On Sunday and Wednesday evenings we offer childcare at Fellowship for $30/month/family (to read more about Home Church childcare click here). Due to the size of our congregation, we can only offer childcare up to age 8, otherwise we would not be able to provide adequate staffing to ensure your child is well cared for. If you have a child you would like to begin bringing to HC childcare click here to register them and set up payment. If your kids are older, check with the HC Leader to see if the kids play in a room at the home you are meeting.