The traditional, inwardly-focused Bible study model does a poor job of creating opportunities for believers to build relationships with and minister to unbelievers.
“We exist to see Jesus Christ be Lord of all people by making disciples through clearly declaring and sacrificially displaying his good news in South Walton and to the ends of the earth.”
Which begs the question, how can we accomplish our mission without intentionally creating as many opportunities as possible to build relationships with and minister to unbelievers?
We don't believe we can; which is why rather than embracing the traditional Bible study model, we have decided—as a church—to embrace a new, ancient model put into practice by the church of Acts: missional communities.
Don't mistake our heart in this! Missional communities is not an attempt to innovate a trendy new way to fellowship as believers; rather, it's a conscious decision to forego the familiarity of "Bible study" for a return to the foundations of the church that most effectively proclaimed the name of Christ to the lost: believers ministering to each other, and the unbelievers in their midst, through fellowship, discipleship and service.
As this is a marked departure from church-as-usual, we've committed to taking the summer to train members on the logistics of establishing an effective missional community in one of three geographic divisions spanning the whole of Santa Rosa Beach.
As we continue to walk through corporate training in preparation for the official launch of our three initial missional communities this September, continue to develop relationships with unbelievers at home, at work and in the community at large, and to pray that God would continue to open doors for us to glorify His name in word and deed!