The purpose of Wooddale Church is to honor God by making more disciples for Jesus Christ.
A Small Group at Home is a group of five to thirteen people. They meet regularly in a member’s home. Together they grow in their relationship with each other and with Jesus Christ through Bible study, prayer, sharing and ministering to each other and to the community at large. Training and on-going support is provided for all small group leaders so their ministry can be increasingly effective.
CORE VALUES are those shared principles which surpass all others in importance, meaning, and significance for a particular person, family, organization, or group. They define us and tightly bond us. They are the “Ten Commandments” of the Bible, “silence” in the mafia, “good deeds” of the Boy Scouts, and “fidelity” in marriage. Wooddale’s Small Groups @ Home has a set of core values as well. They guide our thinking about why we have small groups, and what we want to accomplish as we meet together.
We believe these 3 core values are essential to the accomplishment of the mission of Wooddale Church through small groups.
Caring Community: This value involves the building of life-giving relationships in the context of community, with an emphasis on the loving nurture and support of one another in the daily challenges of life.
Spiritual Transformation: Wooddale Small Groups are in the business of fostering spiritual growth and discipleship in such a way that people’s lives are transformed into the likeness of Jesus. This happens primarily through Bible study, prayer, and fellowship, and is dependent on the Holy Spirit’s activity in changing hearts.
Compassionate Outreach: In today’s culture, “outreach” has many different meanings, and this core value encompasses two in particular, each carried out with a servant heart of kindness and compassion:
Each small group at Wooddale has a unique character and focus, with varying emphasis on these core values. However, if all of us participating in small groups keep these in mind and seek to live them out in our small groups, we will discover we are truly honoring God by making more disciples for Jesus Christ, and participating in an activity which has eternal significance!