This new concept for Noblesville First is called The Vineyard because Jesus taught his disciples that he is the Vine and we are the branches, so we want everyone to be a part of at least one Branch in the church.
Many of these Branches already exist like UMW Circles, on-going Bible study groups, choir, ushering teams, FaithMoves and some are just friends you have made by connecting in worship. Our ultimate goal is to get everyone in a Branch.
Branches are much more flexible and informal than traditional church small groups and might even be a currently existing group. Branches could connect in a variety of ways. You might meet in person, but the connection can also take place through email, text, phone or Zoom meetings. Some Branches will see themselves as more of a shepherding circle that looks after each other and other Branches might want to pursue more serious study of the Bible or do a book study. Other Branches may organize themselves around an activity or ministry they perform.
The bottom line is we want everyone to have a connection of some kind. The key to the success of this concept will be having many excellent Branch facilitators who care, are willing to invest in the lives of others, and would make the time to connect with a Vineyard Leadership team once a month.
Thus far, we have presented The Vineyard concept with one focus group and believe the next step is to expand the development of this process through a congregational Zoom meeting on Monday, September 28 at 7 pm.
Pastor Jerry Rairdon