“The believers devoted themselves”…did you notice that it is not a believer, but believers together? The gospel of Mark tells us that Jesus “appointed twelve…that they might be with him.” (Mark 3:14)
There are a variety of ways that we can practice being with Jesus—personal prayer, Bible study, and corporate worship are a few important ways. Through the context of a small group, we are able to encounter the living God through the power of the Spirit in unique and life changing ways.
In small groups, we can let our guard down and come “as is” to be known in all of our glory and all of our humanity. It is here that we can draw close to Jesus by listening to one another’s stories of faith and struggle. It is here that we can listen to the voice of the Spirit coming through a friend. It is here that we can experience real joy in community. It is here that we can bring our wonderings about scripture and search for answers together. In short, the small group is God’s best idea for discipleship! St. James has a rich small group history. We currently have over 25 small groups with 200 members.
We invite you to take the risk of stepping into a small group. Would you join us in this great calling to devote ourselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the community, to shared meals, and to prayer? We hope so, not for our sake, but the sake of God’s kingdom come!
St. James is committed to providing Christ-centered caring ministries, empowered by the Holy Spirit, to build meaningful relationships with Jesus Christ and each other. A small sample of our vital ministries include Small Groups and Care Teams. For more information on our community group ministries, please contact the church office.
At St. James we strive to enable the entire congregation to be involved in caring for one another in significant ways. St. James is committed to providing Christ-centered caring ministries, empowered by the Holy Spirit, to build meaningful relationships with Jesus Christ and each other. A small sample of our vital ministries include the following:
Our deacons, who are ordained for the purpose of caring for all who are in need, are equipped to care for a network of families. Each deacon provides care for their network through calls, cards, meals when needed, and tangible acts of love and concern.
Our prayer team receives prayer requests throughout the week, and faithfully prays for each of them.
Our Stephen Ministers have been trained in one on one listening relationships. They meet weekly with their care receivers to listen and be a witness to the love of God in their care receivers’ lives.