With a great second turnout for the Lakepoint Church pre-launch gatherings, we began to form our Everyday Circles. Everyone was asked to create a Who, What, and With statement… 1) Who is in the social circle you’d like to intentionally invest in, 2) What is your mission or desired outcome within that social circles, and 3) Who will go with you to serve this circle?
Everyone wrote their response to these questions on large index cards, posted them to the wall, and we walked about and prayed for the Everyday Circles.
To get an Everyday Circle off the ground and thriving, we discuss five things that need to be shared…
Share a Key Friend. Being welcomed in a social circle usually starts by being welcomed by one. Matthew 10:11 says, “Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person and stay at their house until you leave.” Whoever is leading the welcome wagon for a social circle is probably the one with a wide base of relationships and influence. Finding a person like this helps you become welcomed by the rest.
Share Proximity. If you’re consistently present they talk to you; if they talk to you long enough they learn to trust you; if they trust you long enough they’ll share the real story with you; if the real story is on the table there is always a platform for redemption. Jesus spent 30 years of his life being normal and relational, and 3 years being radically and redemptive. While I don’t know if that’s a formula, it does tell us that change comes by relating first.
Identify the social rhythms that make the social circle what it is.
- How often do you have to be present to be considered “in?”
- What times of day does this circle thrive: mother play groups are usually day-time things, workplace circles happen best over lunch, family stuff is often on weekends, men usually have margin in early mornings.
- What kind of atmosphere does the circle thrive with? Some go with the flow, other’s run tight agendas and goals.
Share Mission. Everyday Circles seek participants in the mission, not just recipients. Your mission statement should be a unifying statement – something that Christians and non could agree on. Someone should be able to look at it and say, “I’m not sure about the Jesus part, by I’m all in for what you’re shooting for!”
Share Conversations. You don’t have to hand out Bible verses every time to make it meaningful. Out of friendship, doors are naturally going to open. We need to listen long enough to know what the good news of Jesus would mean to such a person. There are 7 billion people in the world, and each deserves to hear about Jesus in their own unique way.
Share Discipleship. Invite spiritual seekers into the faith portion of everyday circles. Essentially, we are looking to form a small group Bible study within social circles. Stay tuned for a discipleship tool we’ll be releasing to help guide you in this.