ConnectedAn Emphasis on Relationships envisions a church culture where everyone is involved in a group of some type. This will entail the formation of more groups of various sizes. It will also mean strengthening groups that already exist with an interest toward multiplication so to involve as many people as possible. Systems will need to be developed to help those who are slow to become involved. Special attention will be given to those who are new to the church as well as those on the periphery of the church’s life and ministry.
• Expand Community Groups (Sunday School, Wednesday night discipleship opportunities, home groups and other small groups) for all ages and stages of faith development.
• Create systems that encourage new members and others not involved to join a Community Group.
• Ensure that every child (ages 4 through 4th grade) and youth (grades 5–12) are connected to a small group and relate personally to a small group leader.