For the body does not consist of one member but of many.
–1 Corinthians 12:14
Being in community means gathering together in smaller groups during the week to love and serve others.
Every Christian has a personal relationship with God, but also belongs to a larger group. Christian faith is not meant to be lived in isolation. For that reason, the local church is not a building or a worship service. Instead the bible describes the church as a people committed to one another, praying for one another and showing love for one another. Jesus taught his disciples that the world would know that they followed him if they had this kind of love for one another. Loving community is counter cultural. In authentic community we’re able to disciple one another, encourage one another, serve together and show the world physical proof of God’s transforming power through our love.
In practice West Hills values Community Groups as a place for this to happen. Community Groups meet at various times throughout the week. This kind of authentic Christian community can also be experienced in other venues within the church through bible studies and serving in ministry.
(1 John 4:7-21, John 13:31-35, Galatians 6:1-5, Ephesians 5:1-2, 1 Peter 2:9-10, Acts 2:42-47)
How do I get involved?
We have groups that meet in San Jose, Morgan Hill and Gilroy. Feel free to contact one of our Community Group leaders and get involved in a group today.
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Community Group FAQs
What are Community Groups?
Community groups are a place for followers of Jesus to live out the values of worship, community and mission. The bible exhorts us to have relationships where we serve and love one another in the name of Jesus AND to invite others to experience that same type of relationship. At West Hills, this kind of community happens as groups study the bible and pray together, as well as share life with one another.
Why are Community Groups Important?
Community Groups help us pursue Jesus and have spiritually focused friendships in a culture that emphasizes individualism and isolation. Many of us live frantic lives in the Bay Area filled with lots of good things like family, work, soccer practice, etc. But often good things can replace essential things like pursuing Jesus. Community Groups are designed to help us focus on following Jesus through God’s word, mutual encouragement, love and serving others.
Is a Community Group a bible study?
Yes and No. The bible is the foundation of our Community Groups. The bible is God’s word to his people and is the main tool God uses to reveal who he is and what he is like because in the bible we have the message of the gospel. But, Community Groups are different than a bible study. West Hills has designed Community Groups to also emphasize sharing life with others, prayer, service and sharing faith.
What does a typical Community Group look like?
Many of our groups at West Hills go through a book or the bible together to build each other up in God’s word. However, that doesn’t mean that every meeting looks the same. Many groups have times where they gather for prayer and to study, and other times where they gather for dinner, to socialize or to serve together. Every group incorporates aspects of study, prayer, fellowship and mission.
Can I attend a Community Group even if Im not a Christian?
Yes, please do. Joining a group is one of the best ways to learn more about Jesus and see what following him looks like in real life. You can also have a chance to build friendships with followers of Jesus and ask questions about what it means to have faith in him.
What if I cannot attend a Community Group consistently?
No one is expected to make 100% attendance at their community groups. We recognize that life is busy. However, the bible strongly emphasizes spiritual growth happening through relationships. We would ask that you consider trying to arrange your schedule so you can attend consistently and we can help you find a group that works with your schedule.
What if I have kids?
Some groups have childcare provided, others rely on people finding their own baby sitters for some of their meetings and some incorporate kids into all of their meetings. We don’t want this to be a reason to not attend so we can help you find a group that fits.