Every Sunday Garden City gathers as a big family to worship God, hear the preaching of God’s Word, grow in discipleship, love and serve one another, take part in the sacraments, be equipped for ministry, and be a gospel witness to Silicon Valley. Sundays fuel us for a new week of ministry in the city.
During the week, Garden City gathers in smaller family units called Life Groups (LGs), which are the backbone of our church. LGs are the place where knowing and loving one another, disciple-making, and advancing the mission take place at a more intimate and accountable level. Groups range in size from 5-20+ people. Every LG operates around 3 commitments:
- We will pursue life-giving, life-changing discipleship together, advancing the mission of our church and the adventure of following Jesus.
- We will gather regularly as a family to eat together (or some other form of “table fellowship”), know and love one another, study along with the Garden City sermon series or other approved content that deepens discipleship, and pray (Acts 2:42).
- We will reproduce. We will develop and send people out of this group to start new LGs that reach, care for, and disciple more people in our city. We aim to reproduce our group within 2 years or less.
Gathering on Sundays and in your Life Group is critical to your own health, our whole church’s health, and it’s what fuels you for each new week of ministry in our city. Members prioritize gathering at the top of their weekly schedule. We are a church body that needs each member of the body to be present and functioning as a member of the body. We live in a city that is highly individualistic, where decisions are made only in reference to “me” and where even many Christians believe that passively attending a church service once or twice a month represents healthy Christianity. We are seeking to directly challenge and change this culture, to show our city what it looks like to belong to something much more exciting: a family on a mission to enjoy God, love one another, and love our city. We are seeking to be obedient to the New Testament, “Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it” (1 Cor. 12:27).
Garden City Events
From time to time we also gather at events that are sprinkled throughout the year — training classes, meetings, conferences, retreats, etc. — that supplement our mission to grow disciples, but our focus remains on Sundays and Life Groups.