LinC Groups: Living in Community
Church is more than a big, corporate gathering on a Sunday morning. It is equally small groups of people meeting throughout the week at home, work or a common space to share their lives and their faith. At Eternity we call these groups LinC groups - Living in Community. They are not just a program of the church - they are the church!
There are many examples in the New Testament of the importance of both big and small forums for Christian experience.
Jesus, who regularly ministered to crowds of thousands, said:
"For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them." (Matt 18:20
The early church saw three thousand people join in the first days of its existence and was quickly gathering in small and large settings: "They worshipped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord's Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity. Acts 2:46
Rather than establish pastor-driven programs of small group gathering, at Eternity we seek to champion the value of meeting in twos and threes, provide a few simple guidelines to doing this well, and offer support and encouragement to committed members of the church who want to begin a LinC group.
To find out if you are ready to start a LinC group, complete and return to us the LinC Group Leadership Matrix.
For simple principles of meeting in small groups, read Eternity LinC Group Guidelines.