Epworth's Wesley Group Ministry was created to meet these needs in the lives of everyone in our Church. The ministry was named after John Wesley, founder of Methodism, who personally advocated small group gatherings for all members of Christ’s Church. Wesley Groups are for everyone, regardless of where you are in your faith journey. Being part of a Wesley Group will allow you to deepen your connection with your church family and also with God. By living out our faith in everyday life together, we will grow in our knowledge of God and our love for each other through the work of the Holy Spirit.
Wesley Groups will consist of 12 or less individuals who will meet at least once a month to share in true spiritual community. During these Wesley Group meetings, members are encouraged to openly and honestly share the joys, challenges and stresses of their lives and how they affect their spiritual growth while enjoying community, belonging and spiritual healthiness.
What is a Wesley Group ?
"A Christian small group is an intentional face-to-face encounter of no more than twelve people who meet on a regular basis with the purpose of growing in the knowledge and likeness of Jesus Christ." Hestenes & Gorman
Members: Will consist of individuals and married couples of various ages, experiences and lifestyles in order to benefit from the strength of diversity.
Leadership: Each Wesley Group will have two people trained to facilitate group discussion and interaction.
Time: Meetings will last about two hours and occur every 2 to 4 weeks.
Location: Most groups will meet in a group member’s home. Wesley Groups are unique and are not meant to replace other small groups you may be involved in such as: A Task Group ... like clusters, United Methodist Men or United Methodist Women A Study Group ... like Sunday School or a Bible Study An Educational Group ... like a Disciple Bible Class An Emmaus Share Group A Church Committee or Ministry Team ... like Education or Evangelism.
Wesley Groups are meant to strengthen our spiritual walk through trusting and authentic relationships. Other types of groups may have a limited duration, while relationships developed in Wesley Groups can last for a lifetime!
Your strong love for each other will prove to the world that you are my disciples.