THE CENTRAL EXPRESSION OF DIVERGENT CHURCH IS OUR LIFE COMMUNITIES
At Divergent Church, our passion for 'community on mission' is such that we do not really make sense outside of actually walking in community together. Our entire experience is defined on 4 levels, life communities, clusters (related groups of Life Coms), congregations and the city-wide Church. Even our KIDS and YOUTH communities are structured not with a programmatic focused but rather as communities on mission.
We love walking as genuine communities of faith on mission. Our communities are more about doing life together in the call of God upon us then trying to make them narrowly focused as prayer groups or Bible study groups or the like. We believe that genuine prayer, sincere care, passionate worship, deep biblical discussion come out of the desire to know God and his kingdom together and see that kingdom 'come on earth as it is in heaven'
We hang out in many places, from homes and Universities to cafes and restaurants. Any place for people is a place for Life Communities.
Life Communities are focussed around five key values that determine the way we operate but also give room for expression in each group to adapt, innovate and be specific to the area they are in.
1. Biblically Focussed - each community follows key teaching, text or intentional topics specific rooted in the scriptures.
2. Relationally Focussed - we are about doing 'life together', creating friendships and true community. We are focussed on connecting, having fun and sticking together through good times and bad
3. Supernaturally Focussed - so often we create depth in relationships, study the word but the spiritual vitality in our lives become shallow. Specific prayer, fasting and other spiritual disciplines are encouraged in the life of each community.
4. Missionally Focussed - we believe that community is only truly biblical when it ultimately has an external focus. When we receive from God, it should be virtually impossible to hold back our gratitude and excitement in serving others in word and deed.
5. Globally Focused - each group adopts one of our key mission focuses in prayer and stewardship. Global relief and mission is cannot just be a detached program but rather a heart beat in each community.
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