Following Jesus is more than just a Sunday gathering. Throughout the week we scatter as 26 West Communities to grow in our love for God, one another, and our neighbor and city.
Learn more about communities by coming to Basics, a class designed to welcome you to 26 West Church. We’ll share our story and how to get involved, including communities.
Start of join a community in your neighborhood. Use the map below to find a community or if one doesn’t exist email our staff about staring one.
Already in a community? Here are a few ideas on how to grow in each of our three core ares of family, discipleship, and mission.
Theology: “And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people.” Acts 2v44-47a
Model: 26 West Communities are multi-generational groups organized by neighborhoods. They meet together regularly for a meal, looking out for one another’s well-being and pitching in to help the group thrive.
Have food be a part of your regular gatherings.
Spend time together outside of these regular gatherings.
Get to know one another by taking time to share and hear personal stories.
Share needs and let people help.
Pray for one another.
Theology: “One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12v28-31
Model: 26 West Communities help foster growth in our love for God, learning together what it looks like to follow Jesus. These communities consist of disciples, meaning people are being renewed by the gospel through abiding in Christ. They are also environments to pursue knowing God and the power of his resurrection with others and for others.
Read the scriptures together regulary.
Choose an individual book of the Bible to study or commit to a daily Bible reading plan together.
Share what stands out to you during your daily readings.
Review the weekly teaching from the gathering.
Meet together as men and women, separately.
Spend time in confession and prayer.
Theology: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5v17–21
Model: 26 West Communities are made up of those who follow Jesus and have joined his mission to make disciples. We are sent into neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces as “ambassadors” and are given the privilege of sharing in Jesus’ ministry of reconciling the world to himself. Those who have been changed by the gospel share its life-changing power with others.
The result of the church—you, us—being sent is that we live as a community of disciples—not only devoted to Jesus and to one another—but devoted to our neighbors and our city, too. When we come to Christ, we are all sent on his mission.
Discuss who have you been “sent” to individually and as a group.
Set aside time during your gatherings to pray for those people.
Reserve one gathering each month as an informal meal that those people can be invited to.
As you grow, be prayerful about whom God may be sending out from your community to start the next one.