Never have people been more connected and yet more alone. Genuine friendships have become luxuries in our fast-paced, digital environment, making isolation rather than community the normal experience in daily life. At Lakeside, we see this growing problem and want to do something about it. Specifically, we want to create Gospel-centered communities outside of our Sunday morning gathering, where people can experience true friendship and join together for the cause of passionately pursuing Jesus together. Our symbol for this ministry is a cord of three strands. It’s a reference to Ecclesiastes 4:12, which reminds us of our need for each other and for Jesus in the face of difficulties we face every day.
Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
Lakeside Communities foster group environments that spur each other on in their pursuit of God. Far from boring or pointless, these communities help people from every background to embrace the Gospel, encounter Christ-centered unity, endure hardships through mutual encouragement, and engage in ways that bless others.
To that end, our communities are flexibly scheduled, seasonally launched, and consistently supported. Groups and leaders are given clear expectations, training, and practical support with wide autonomy to implement discipleship practices. Beyond the basic expectations, groups have the freedom to lead their community while holding fast to the same core expectations, theology, and vision as we help people passionately pursue Jesus together.
How do I get connected?
Twice a year we will offer two back to back Connecting Sundays where new or growing groups will have their leader(s) present and ready to interact with potential new participants.
During these Sundays, we will help people meet and get to know the various group leaders.
Additionally, we’ll provide information that will be basic and clear. Our leaders will also come ready to answer questions about their group’s schedule, practices, and upcoming study.