Men's Core Groups
When & Where
NEW GROUPS ARE LAUNCHING THIS FALL
We are currently accepting applications for new Core Group leaders.
Click here to fill out your interest form.
WHAT IS A MENS CORE GROUP?
A men’s core group is a deep community for brothers in which friendship is the foundation. It is a place where discipleship happens naturally and men thrive spiritually, emotionally and physically.
What Happens in a Core Group?
Men’s Core Groups focus on developing friendship relationships and deeply discussing aspects of the Jesus-following life. Some may dive into a study for a season for specific purposes. Each group is a place where men can talk openly with brothers about the deep issues of life. Sounds serious…..and it can be…..but there is usually a lot of laughter!
How Long Do They Last
Some groups may persist for a few months, some for a semester, some for a year; others for years. How long they last is decided by the men in the group. There is no specific time requirement, but we encourage men to be faithful in attendance during the season they are committed to being part of the group. As with many things in life, men receive value from these groups in proportion to their participation.
How Big Are They?
Group size is decided by each group. Most groups are 8 to 10 men, but each group will grow to the size that feels right to the men in it.
What Is the Age of Men in Groups?
Each group is different. Some are comprised of young men; some of seniors; others of men in their middle years. Some have a wide range of ages. You can select a group that best fits you.
When and How Often Do They Meet?
Meeting frequency, days of the week and meetup times are decided by the individual group. Most core groups meet weekly. '
HOW DO I JOIN A MENS CORE GROUP?
Vision / Mission / Values
What is the Vision / Mission?
Our vision is bands of strong and confident sons of the King who are going far together in brotherhood; pure and powerful men of honor who are full of faith, courage and the Holy Spirit and unwaveringly dedicated to the expansion of the Kingdom of God and its righteous culture of love in families, communities and nations.
Our mission is to encourage the brotherhood to:
► Live from a place of intimate fellowship with God as His sons;
► Develop committed, accountable brotherhood relationships built around the Jesus-following life;
► Nurture a Kingdom culture in ourselves, in our families, in our communities, our nation and to the ends of the Earth;
► Build Jesus-centered families that steward multi-generational legacies of faithfulness
What are the Core Values of Men’s Core Groups?
We flow within Bethel’s core values
► Authenticity: being real about who we are and what we think, including our unique spiritual identities.
► Vulnerability: openness about our weaknesses, mistakes and fears.
► Safety: confidentiality that holds in trust the deep places of one anothers’ hearts, respect that does not push for disclosure, and honor that loves even in unlovely places.
► Commitment: individually prioritizing consistent connection during the season of participation.
BECOMING A CORE GROUP LEADER
What is the Job of a MCG Leader?
The primary job of a leader in our groups is to create and maintain a culture that facilitates the fellowship of brothers that leads to growth together as disciples. Leaders also lead the way, and serve as shepherds for their brothers.
What Does “We Lead Together” mean?
Leading together is a foundational principle in our core groups. That means that MCG leaders commit to being part of a leader group and part of the larger network of MCG leaders. Leader groups initially meet weekly, but may change to a meeting frequency that best meets the needs of the group. The network of all leaders will meet at least several times annually.
Why Leader Groups?
Leadership is not easy. Servant leadership, the model Jesus gave us, is harder still. In our leader groups, and in the leader network, we grow together as friends, encourage one another and learn together so we can serve our brothers with excellence.
Steps to Men’s Core Group Leadership
Be in relationship with the Lord.
That’s an obvious foundation. If there are serious questions in your heart about your relationship with the Lord, we ask that you resolve those before applying for leadership.
Have a heart to serve your brothers as a Mark 9:35 leader, the last of all and the servant of all.
Jesus was pretty clear with the disciples about this. This kind of leadership was counter-cultural then, and it’s counter-cultural now, but for Jesus followers, it’s how we roll.
Be a committed part of an ongoing men’s core group leader group.
Leaders first become part of an ongoing leader group, and then move into leadership of an actual MCG. You will likely find that being part of your leader group is deeply satisfying in itself, and a real support as you serve your brothers in a MCG.
Be in agreement with the core values of Bethel https://www.bethel.com/core-values/ and the core values of Men’s Core Groups http://bit.ly/menscoregroups
Finally: while we are happy to encourage men in other churches to develop Men's Core Groups in their communities, leadership at Bethel Redding is open only to our members and regular attenders.
If you can meet these requirements and would like to take the next steps toward joining our tribe of leaders, we invite you to fill out an application at the link below. Check your email for an automated message from us. We will be in touch!
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