Community Groups

What is a Community Group?
Small groups at Shannon Oaks Church are called “Community Groups” and are neighborhood-based groups who engage each other, their neighbors and their communities with gospel reconciliation. Groups encourage authenticity, transformation and hospitality. A typical Community Group meets 3-4 times per month in a home for a meal and a time of sharing and study. Group members intentionally engage their neighbors in simple, tangible ways in order to build authentic relationships.

The Mission
Community Groups are challenged to become the family of God in their neighborhoods.

How do I find out about a group?
Contact Eric Godwin at eric@shannonoakschurch.com or at 903-885-6542 to get more information and/or get connected to a group. You are always welcome to visit or join a group! There is also a large chalkboard in our foyer with the names and contact information for group leaders.

How do groups work?
Our groups are organized by geography. So, neighbors get to meet in a group that is, in most cases, in or close to their neighborhood. Often, this makes it easier to attend a group, and we also believe that how we engage our literal neighbors and the places nearby us matters.

Why Community Groups?
Because
#togetherness –  together we are transformed by the gospel
#oneness – with one voice, we celebrate and proclaim the gospel of God’s Kingdom
#otherness – sent by God, we are compelled to sacrificially love and bless others, especially our neighbors and those on the fringes of society

A story about some very large trees
There is a sequoia tree in California that is estimated to be 275′ tall, over 30’ wide and over 2,300 years old. One would think that such a large tree would have an equally large — and equally deep — root system. However, sequoia tree roots only grow a few feet deep. How do such trees survive—even thrive—for so long with such shallow roots?

The secret is that Sequoia trees don’t grow alone, they grow in groves and their roots intertwine with the roots of the surrounding trees. Alone, Sequoia trees could be blown over easily by wind but together, the trees strengthen and support each other in life-giving community.

Each of us has been created by God for connection and belonging. To think we can thrive outside of a community is to think we can somehow thrive apart from God’s grace made tangible through other people. At Shannon Oaks Church, we believe Community Groups are a powerful and effective way to belong to a grace-giving community