Go Communities are formed around the concept of OIKOS, a greek word from the New Testament, which literally means “household”, and was used to describe the common grouping of the early Church. Being uncommon our culture, it is sometimes difficult to understand the dynamics of this size of group and how Christians function within it. Browse the questions below to learn more about Go Communities and how they are being used to mobilize Christians to live in obedience to Christ together resulting in missional outreach, disciple making, and multiplication.
[toggle title=”What is a Go Community?”]A Go Community is a mid-sized group of people (20-40) who exist in Christian Community, to reach either a particular neighborhood or network of relationships.[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Are Go Communities just social gatherings?”]Not at all. Social gatherings are an important part of how Go Communities get started and build community but are only one aspect of community life. Social Gatherings make a great connection point where new relationships can form, existing relationships can strengthen, and vision can be cast. It is a great entry point for Christians who may be investigating the group or non-Christians who may be investigating God. In fact, those who participate in Go Community social gatherings have found it a much easier space to meet new friends compared to a Sunday Gathering environment. The life of a Go Community includes both organic and organized gatherings, service projects, small group meetings, and other engagements that enable community members to help each other following Jesus better. These rhythms are determined by the people in the group, their schedules, and their purposes and will be different from group to group.[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Is a Go Community just for church members or Christians?”]No – In fact, reaching those who are far from God with the Gospel is an essential component of Go Communities. However – A Go Community doesn’t merely aim to reach people far from God, but to draw them in, and include them in the life of the group. This works because a Go Community is large enough to allow new people to enter in at their own pace, yet small enough they can be known by name and contribute to the life of the group. This opens the door for them to hear the good news from their friends, ask questions about God, and be invited into deeper, discipling relationships.[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Are Go Community just service groups?”]No. With an emphasis on serving, it may appear that Go Communities function primarily as service groups. Serving together is one of many things a Spirit lead family of Christians does. The serving component provides a core purpose and solidarity to a group. On top of that, serving is closely tied to making disciples but plays out in various ways, depending on the group.
For some groups, they serve the very same people they are trying to reach with the Gospel and bring into discipling relationships. An example of this would be a group made up of single mothers who seek to serve single mothers in their community. The ultimate goal is to share the Gospel with them and bring them into discipling relationships within the Go Community.
For other groups, the people they serve are not the same people they are seeking to disciple. An example of this would be a family oriented Go Community that serves at a local food pantry together. Although they are serving the least of these at the food pantry, their mission is ultimately to disciple the other young families they are serving along side.
The short-hand for this is what we call the “WHO” and the “WHAT”. The “WHO” refers to a specific people a group is trying to reach with the Gospel and bring into long-term, life-on-life discipling relationships. The “WHAT” refers to specific service-oriented activities the group engages in together. For some groups, the “WHO” and the “WHAT” are one in the same.[/toggle]