Have you heard of The City? Silly question I know, but for those that maybe still haven’t heard about it;
The City is the new, and now primary, way that we are communicating as a church when we are not together. It’s a social networking tool that is nothing like FaceBook, because, let’s face it, as fun as FaceBook is, it is also nothing more than a giant stat-crunching marketing machine that finds out all it can about us and then uses that information to sell us stuff.
In contrast, The City is a way to connect, it is a way to pass along vital information, it is a way to express needs, prayer requests, and so much more, and it is something we should all be involved in.
One of the great ways you can use The City is within the context of your BASE Groups. If you are not involved in a BASE Group right now, then trust me, you are missing it!
BASE Groups are intentional efforts at building community and “doing life together” within New Branch. BASE Groups meet together throughout the week in homes and public spaces for the purposes of :
- Bible Study
When BASE Groups are not meeting, they can connect through The City. Here are five ways you can use The City to enhance your BASE Group experience.
1. Sharing prayer needs
We all need prayer on a regular basis and praying for one another is part of doing life together. We are called by God to “carry each other’s burdens” (Galatians 6:2) and The City is an easy way to share those burdens with people who love and care about you.
2. Meeting needs
The City is where you can go to find out where you can serve not only in your BASE Group, but in the church as well.
In BASE Groups every single member should be doing something to serve. Usually, people are more than happy to do just that but they don’t know what the needs are. The City is the place where those needs can be expressed and where you can step up to meet them.
3. Getting missional
A couple in our BASE Group is making an intentional effort to reach their neighbors with the Gospel. One of the ways they are doing that is by hosting a bar-b-q at their home in May. In an effort to make sure that the Gospel will be displayed and spoken at the event, they called out the other members of the BASE Group to help and attend.
It’s an excellent opportunity for all of us to be missional and to serve that couple as they try to reach their community with the Gospel and the entire thing was organized through The City.
4. Sharpening iron
The Bible tells us that “as iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17). The City is a great forum for that sort of sharpening. You can use the “Topic” feature on your BASE Group page to start a discussion that others can contribute to.
Here are few ideas for discussions, some of which we have actually used in our BASE Group:
- How to be more missional in our neighborhoods
- Meditating on the resurrection of Christ
- How to share Christ at work when you are the boss
- Parenting decisions and questions
- Questions concerning passages of Scripture
5. Making announcements
Want to know when your next BASE Group meeting is and where you will be meeting? The City is the place to go to find out.
The truth is, we have only just started discovering all the ways The City can and will enhance our BASE Group experience. The more we use it, the more ways we will discover.
In what ways have you been using The City in your BASE Groups?