Missional Community Spotlight: Broomfield Heights
Missional communities are the primary way we connect with others and live together on mission. These smaller groups of people provide an opportunity to know others and be known within The Well community. Through these relationships, we mutually challenge and encourage one another to truly believe our Identity in Christ and live a life that shows the world who God truly is.
We are working to provide a brief spotlight on each of our missional communities on the blog to give potential participants some insight into the different missional community experiences. To find out more about missional communities, please contact our Missional Community Director, Matt McGahen.
Name and size of MC: Broomfield Heights MC, 30 members
Name(s) of MC leaders: Seth & Crystal Dady (leaders for 5 years)
Best part of leading an MC: Getting to brainstorm ideas together as an MC and feeling like the responsibility is shared. Also getting to hear the creativity of people in the group, specifically about the ways they are interacting with their neighbors.
Favorite MC memories: The group feels like family and living close to one another is really great. It allows for more shared experiences together. Summer cookouts are always the best.
Regular MC flow:
We meet for family dinners on the first Wednesday of each month, rotating homes within our MC. For the other Wednesdays throughout the month, we encourage everyone to get to know one another in a smaller group setting: dinners at their homes, game nights, movie nights, going out together, etc.
Because our group is so large, and we have lots of kids in the group it has been important to allow for space in monthly rhythms to be in each other’s lives in more focused settings. Breaking bread together, communing together, praying together, reading the Word together, being intentional and being in each other’s lives. The goal of these smaller gatherings is to gain a deeper understanding in how much God loves us; that God really loves you and He is for you. When we grasp that reality, then we are able to love God in return, and also love people. As we learn together how to love God and love people, missional living and evangelism are the natural outcome. “The love of Christ compels us…” (2 Cor. 5:14) When we gather together we are seeking God for understanding on what it means to love Him and to love others.
We currently have two dig groups. We try to just keep the dig groups to rhythms of six weeks on, and then take a month off. These are focused on learning how to study the Bible and discipleship. The themes for discipleship are based around areas that we feel we need to grow. We spend time reading and meditating on Scripture that speak to those areas of growth. For my group, we are spending time learning as men what it means to be disciplined in rhythms of rest.
One last thought:
I think maybe to alleviate some of the pressure we sometimes feel to be good at evangelism…Just be neighborly. Ask yourself, “are you a good neighbor?” Do you know the people who live next door, across the street, 3 or 4 houses down. Do you know their birthday? Kids names, ages? Jesus was a friend of sinners, and He invites us to do the same. Master the art of neighboring. It is not a switch to flip. It is Christ’s life, death and resurrection that we partake in, and get to share. Jesus is alive and at work in the lives of the people around us. We just get to join Him in what He is already doing. Love God, love others.