Take ownership over your spiritual growth.
A band is a group of 3-4 people of the same gender who meet weekly as a way of intentionally growing in their faith. Bands are all about accountability, encouragement, and prayer. We believe that joining a band can change your life and transform our church into more wholehearted followers of Jesus!
Why call it a "band"?
The key to the spiritual revival in England and America during the Great Awakening of the 18th century was John Wesley, the father of Methodism, organizing Christians into various small groups called “bands.” The purpose was to pursue holiness together in a mutually accountable way with spiritual friends. By ordering people according to gender, Christians received an encouraging micro-community that catalyzed their spiritual growth and realigned the spiritual trajectory of entire nations.
How is a band different from a journey group?
Journey groups are typically larger than bands and have a leader who facilitates the teaching and discussion around particular content. Bands are only 3-4 people, follow the same format for each meeting, and are self-led.
What happens in a band meeting?
In a band meeting, each participant responds to the same series of questions and receives prayer. Each participant takes approximately 20-30 minutes sharing. See below for more specifics.
Should I be in a band?
If you are ready to make an intentional investment in your spiritual life alongside others in encouraging, authentic, and accountable community, then YES!
Our church is ready for a Discipleship Revolution in which every member/attender is invited to take ownership over their own spiritual growth within community. Bands can meet in small, safe groups or via video conferencing. We hope you get a taste of what a band is like during our Core Practices series in July and August so you can decide if you’d like to continue on beyond August (we hope you do!).
What are my next steps?
If you’re ready to be in a band, your first step is to pray about who to be in a band with. You can form your own band with people you already know or ask us to place you in a band with others. Either works just fine, but whichever route you choose, please let us know by filling out the form below.
Structure of a Band Meeting
Each week, band members will go through the following steps:
- Someone opens in prayer
- First person shares (approximately 30 minutes per person)
- Gives update on progress toward his/her own intentional spiritual discipleship goal (if this is your first meeting, skip this and instead have each person share their faith journey and their current general life circumstances)
- Identifies the next personal spiritual growth goal (could be the same as last week). Other members ask these questions:
- What practice is God leading you to focus on next?
- What are things like for you now around this practice?
- What are some ways you can expand this practice moving forward?
- What would be your first/next step?
- What would you like to be able to tell us the next time we meet?
- How will this impact your relationship with God?
- Shares the ways he/she has sinned since the last band meeting
- Shares the ways in which he/she was tempted but delivered
- Other members ask: Have you been honest with us? Are you keeping any secrets?
- Other band members take a couple minutes to ask clarifying questions for understanding (this is not a time to make any judgments on the person’s actions or for advice-giving). The goal is to clarify goals/confessions/etc. so that both the speaker and listener better understand.
- Second person prays for first person
- Begin by proclaiming 1 John 1:9: “[Name], you have confessed your sin, and God is faithful and just to forgive you of your sin and to cleanse you from all unrighteousness. In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.”
- Continue by praying for what they’ve been sharing and for their continued growth in Christ.
- Repeat steps 2-4 for second person, with third person praying - continue until everyone has shared
- The first person to share prays for the last person to share