“We are the Body of Christ called to be Jesus in every neighborhood in our city and beyond.” Notice “we” is the first word in our mission and vision statement. Oak Hills Church believes the mission of God is a communal mission. He intends us to “be Jesus” together to the neighbors around us. Teams are formed whenever two or more families come together with the commitment to “be Jesus to the neighborhood.” We’re not simply being Jesus in the neighborhood. The focus is outward. It’s being Jesus to the neighborhood.
Traditional small groups are often primarily Bible studies led by a Bible study “leader” perhaps with some social connections. These groups often are good at Growing and sometimes also at Belonging. Missional small groups are often primarily focused on external service in the community while also including relational connections. These groups are often good at Serving and sometimes also at Belonging. Our Neighborhood Teams are focused on bringing Belonging, Growing, and Serving to the neighborhood.
The goal of our Neighborhood Teams is to have the team coordinated by a Neighborhood Captain who encourages all the people on the team to use their strengths together to Belong, Grow, and Serve in their neighborhood. When everyone Discovers Their Strength, Uses Their Strength, and Joins a Team, Neighborhood Teams can really be Jesus to their neighborhood. This is what a healthy team can look like:
• Belong people working together to plan Belong activities to help others Belong in the neighborhood. This includes things like cookouts, block parties, National Night Out, Movie Nights, and any activities that fall into the category of Belonging.
• Grow people working together to plan Grow activities to help others Grow in the neighborhood. This includes things like Bible studies, men’s groups, women’s Bible studies, and any activities that fall into the category of Growing.
• Serve people working together to plan Serve activities to help others Serve in the neighborhood. This includes things like taking meals to shut-ins, helping with yard work or child care, volunteering at the school, and any activities that fall into the category of Serving.
We hope all of you – no matter where you live – will form a Neighborhood Team to “be Jesus to your neighborhood.”
If you have additional questions about Neighborhood Teams or would like to form a Neighborhood Team, you can talk to one of our Community Ministers for greater clarity.