If you’ve spent any time at Valley Real Life, then there’s a good chance you’ve heard us say that VRL is a “church of small groups.” But what does it mean to be a “church of small groups”? Small groups are the model for how the church is supposed to work. They pattern a relationship with God and with each other on which the New Testament church was founded. (See Acts 2:42-47 and Hebrews 10:25.)
Let’s face it – in a church of over 1600 people it’s hard to get to know the person sitting next to you from just the brief interactions of a Sunday morning. It was never Christ’s intention that His church would only meet once a week in a large corporate setting. Instead, the example we’re given of the New Testament church sees its members living in community and meeting in the homes of believers, helping each other and sharing life together. That’s what our small groups are all about – they’re about living life together.
Small groups provide the best means for developing healthy relationships, providing an environment of discipleship and care, supplying a testing ground for leadership skills, and holding each other accountable to the work of God in our lives. We encourage you to search for a group using the link below. This will list all of our Community (mixed groups that meet in homes), Men’s and Women’s small groups that fit your personal and family criteria.
Have questions about small groups? Want to lead or host a small group? Contact Dave Christensen, Small Groups Pastor at email@example.com or 509.232.0840.