The most common answer . . .

Over the years that I've been a pastor I've bumped into question after question that people have that we believe have a single answer.  In the last couple weeks it seems like I've bumped into a number of people again with questions in a wide variety of forms that this single answer is the right direction for them.  As leaders, we want to keep people focused on this aspect of our ministry approach and ensure that everyone has a chance to experience this single environment.

What is this most common answer that I end up telling people?  Community Group.

  • I want to go deep in my faith with Jesus.  How do I do that at Connexus?
    • Get into a Community Group and start applying what you know.  Community has a way of helping you see what your next step in your own spiritual journey is.  It also provides the great challenge of relating to people a wide variety of spiritual backgrounds.
  • If stuff comes up in a my life and I need someone to talk to about it – who do I talk to?
    • You're Community Group! We believe that the best way for you to be cared for in a time of crisis in your life is other friends who can help you through those times.  We really don't plan on having a robust "pastoral support" system outside of Community Groups.  Get into a Community Group today.  Life happens – it's good to have community around you when it does.
  • How do a I get plugged into Connexus? I don't feel like I know anyone.
    • Get into a Community Group and meet some people!  Sociologists believe that when a group gets to the size of about 200 people it's nearly impossible to feel like you know anyone.  I've got some news for you . . . we're passed that on Sunday morning at both of our Campuses.  If you are looking for Sunday morning to be the place to feel a sense of community . . . you are doing to be disappointed.  Get into a Community Group.

We really do believe that Community Groups is where it is at at Connexus.  To put it plainly . . . if you are at Connexus and not in a Community Group – you are missing out.  Your experience is going to incomplete.  It's always going to feel like it's missing something.  What it's "missing" is a Community Group experience!

How do a I get connected to a Community Group?  Great Question!  (Ok . . . so I think I may be going overboard on answering my own questions.) This Saturday we are hosting an event called GroupLink.  GroupLink is a two-hour event where you will connect with others and
form a community group. Community Groups are small groups of eight to twelve people that
meet weekly in someone's home for fellowship, Bible study, and prayer.  The next GroupLink is Saturday, April 26th from 7 – 9 p.m. – Georgian Manor Banquet Hall. 52 Morrow Road Barrie, Ontario  This is an all-campus event that will be hosted in Barrie.

We still have some space available at GroupLink.  Email [email protected] right now to register!

Rich Birch
[email protected]
Executive Director of Operations
Connexus Community Church



  1. Joan Parker says, April 23, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    Hi Rich,
    Enjoyed your answers to your questions 🙂
    I've noticed in some of the information that it appears you are placed in a group of the same age. I've always found that I personally connect to a group of people of varied ages. Our "issues" can sometimes be looked at in different perspectives and with a different support process with varied ages and experiences. Is it the case that your group would be all the same age (roughly) or is it a choice of forming/joining a group with people you feel connected to?

  2. Tim L. Walker says, April 24, 2008 at 1:10 am

    Hey Joan, I'll answer that question on Rich's behalf because I know he's asleep (I just got back from his house – I'm in his small group). 😉 Our group is not all of a similar age group. There are no real restrictions when joining a group. Generally people seem to stick to geographical locations, but my wife and I live in South Barrie, and our group is mostly from Orillia. Go with whom you feel a connection with.

  3. Doris Schuster says, April 24, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    Hi Joan,
    Just to let you know, we also have an all women group at Connexus. We have various ages represented in this group. We meet in Oro and the women come from Barrie, from Orillia and from Angus (that would be me).
    Talk to you Sunday…

  4. Rich Birch says, April 24, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    Hey guys,

    It's true that our groups do have a fair amount of variety in them. However, some of our groups also define themselves with a common demographic (say a single womens group) but I would agree that variety adds to the dynamic. If following Jesus is at it's core about being "others centric" then Groups are a great place to practice this as we get to know people who aren't like us. That being said a little commonality is a good starting place for friendship.

    Joan – are you in a group? Are you coming out to GroupLink?


    p.s. It's true that people hung around for a long time after our group last night. I think it was after 11 when people pulled out – a great group of friends!

  5. Tim L. Walker says, April 24, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    Yeah, group last night was a lot of fun. I think after 6 months or so of being together, we've finally got into that groove of "doing life together." 😉 I had a great time last night. I look forward to small group every week – it's one of the highlights of my week for sure.

  6. Joan Parker says, April 24, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    Thanks everyone for your comments – made things clearer. I wasn't sure about Saturday Grouplink but sounds like I should go for it. The demographics would come into play for sure for me too, so we'll see what happens. I'm sure God has a plan!

  7. Tim L. Walker says, April 24, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    That's what my wife and I did… we just showed up, and it was very obvious which group we were to be in. 😉

  8. Jen says, April 26, 2008 at 8:21 am

    Hey guys. I'll be coming tonight and am looking forward to it! I'd love to be a part of a totally mixed group of age, gender, single/married/divorced, etc.

    So far it looks like the groups are set up by gender but I can work with that if there are varying ages. (I'm one of those odd girls that relates well to men….more testosterone?) :o) I'm sure I'll love whatever group I join and I am anticipating some fun tonight!

  9. carey nieuwhof says, April 26, 2008 at 9:17 am

    hey everyone…GroupLink is going to be awesome. Excited that so many are going to be out.

    Just to clarify, most of our groups are mixed gender except for groups comprised of only single people. Then we do an "all guys" or "all girls" group. But singles and marrieds and people of different demographics generally comprise most of our groups at this point.

    it's going to be a great night. and a great day tomorrow as we start the new series, Dejunkification. Should be great!

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