In order to support the spiritual growth of the church, North River is transitioning from a single large church that always meets together to a church made up of local Communities.
A “Community” is a group of Family Groups with a local focus. In many ways it acts like a small church, but it is not a separate church. (Please try to call them “Communities” instead of “Community Groups”. It sounds less like church jargon.)
We are adding six new Communities: Kennesaw, East Cobb, West Cobb, Central Marietta, North Marietta, and Marietta Square.
Each Community Leadership Team will make decisions about how to do 3 out of 4 midweek services each month (at 320 Austin Ave, by Community offsite, or by Family Groups), occasional Sunday services offsite, and additional Community events.
The Communities will intentionally be intergenerational (young, old, single, married) and diverse.
We have effectively had five Communities operating already: Intown, East, Deep South, North Campus, and South Campus.
Each Community will have a leadership couple (most of whom are on staff) and a leadership team.
Each Community Leadership Team will provide training and support for each Family Group Leader to help every member mature spiritually, disciple each other, reach out to those outside the church, and care for the needs of people.
The renovated “Community Center” on the hill will be very valuable for all kinds of meetings and events that will be done in Communities. Centralized staff and facilities support the Communities.
A Family Group is a small group of members that helps each other grow spiritually through deep relationships with one another. They also meet regularly to share the Bible and reach out.
Communities will give better support to the Family Groups. Communities make family groups more important and effective, not less.
If you are in a Family Group, you can stay with that Family Group. Or your local Community leader can help you find a Family Group. Every member is encouraged to be a part of a Family Group.
If you want help getting involved with a Family Group in your Community, you will be able to do so during the midweeks in October.
|Kennesaw (includes Acworth, North Woodstock)||Sherwin and Debbie Mackintoshemail@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org|
|East Cobb (includes Sandy Springs)||
Tom and Kelly Brown
Stephen and Susan Adkins
|email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Central Marietta||Jeff and Kristi Hickmanemail@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org|
|North Marietta (includes South Woodstock)||Matt and Enid Tchiremail@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Marietta Square (includes Austin Ave)||
Alex and Jasmine Jackson
Adeoye and Megan Famodun
|email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org|
|West Cobb (includes Smyrna, South Cobb)||Teregi and Anne Colemanemail@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Intown||John and Vivian Hanesemail@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org|
|East||Jacinto and Rochelle Hallemail@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Deep South||Gary and Dena Adamsemail@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org|
|North Campus||Cody and Kirstie Porteremail@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org|
|South Campus||Jordan and LaToya Masseyemail@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org|