We believe the most irreducible and effective structure for making disciples as the church is a Gospel Community. This is a smaller group of people who gather regularly and engage in everyday life on mission throughout the week with a commitment to reaching a particular people and place together with the goal of making disciples and multiplying and sending more GCs.
If you’re wondering how to get involved in a Gospel Community and connect with people in your neighborhood, you can attend our September GC 101 class or email Max Diener at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s a look at some of the work we did in our neighborhoods during our May Help Your Neighbor Day!
Gospel Community FAQ
What is a Gospel Community (GC)?
A gospel community is a gospel-centered family of disciple makers oriented around a shared people, place, and purpose. They are the way Mosaic Church will scatter into our community. We hope these groups will be comprised of 12-20 believing adults.
What does a Gospel Community (GC) do?
There are two primary rhythms of a GC: care (living the “one anothers”) and mission (uniting behind a shared missional burden).
How does a Gospel Community accomplish these rhythms?
Through DNA groups and GC gatherings.
What is a DNA group?
A DNA group is a group of 3-4 people of the same gender who, ideally, are a part of the same Gospel Community. They meet to Discover (listen to the voice of God in scripture and prayer), Nurture (listen to one another and ask good questions), and Act (serve, encourage, empower, challenge, and correct).
What is a GC gathering?
A GC gathering is when all the members of a GC gather together for fellowship, shared mission, or prayer.
A GC may decide to gather in different ways in different seasons. For example:
If they are committed to reaching a neighborhood, they may decide that their GC will gather to watch all Cowboys games during football season, with the hopes of inviting non-Christian friends and neighbors.
If a family in a GC is going through a season of intense suffering, the group may decide to gather for prayer weekly.
In the summer, a GC may decide to gather once a week at the same location for a meal.
In the winter, a GC may decide to partner together for one large mission driven project (neighborhood caroling, or large Christmas party), but only meet in DNA groups outside of the one project.
What is an example of a shared mission/burden?
A GC may unite around bringing the love of Christ in word and deed to a:
Local Mercy Ministry/Non-Profit
There are so many ways this could look. Dream it up!
How often does a GC meet?
There are many different ways a GC may decide to live life as family of disciple makers together. Here are some examples (there are countless faithful ways of doing this):
Example 1: A GC may decide to gather once a month all together. On the three other weeks in the month, the DNA groups from that gospel community may decide to meet.
Example 2: A GC may decide to have their DNA groups meet weekly. The GC may gather twice a month: once for fellowship together and once for working together towards a missional burden (throwing a block party, having an open cookout, going on a prayer walk).
Example 3: A GC may decide to gather every week, but only have DNA groups meet twice a month.
Who leads a Gospel Community?
A GC is led by 3-4 leaders. We believe shared leadership is essential for sustainable ministry and want to place a high premium on leaders co-leading together.