We want people to do more than attend a service. We want them to belong to the church.
God told Adam it isn't good for man to be alone. There are dangers in trying to walk this Christian life on your own. You will never experience God's best for you by doing life alone, because God created us to do life together in community. If you've stopped engaging with Sunday morning worship, or you're not part of a Life Group, you can begin to feel disconnected from our church. Really, you're feeling disconnected from people.
That's why, starting September 20, we're launching Fox Valley Church Online. It's a new church campus for people who are participating in our services online. Most of what you know about Fox Valley will remain much the same. Our values of God's word being preached and of worship and prayer are not going away. For the first 40-45 minutes of our Sunday morning services each campus will participate together much like we're doing right now.
The last 15-20 minutes, our online campus will be actively engaged in sermon discussion questions, Q&A with our online campus director, CJ Maderia, interviews with the staff, or a dedicated time of praying together.
Why the change?
It really has to do with engagement and participation. It's so easy (too easy!) to become passive while watching a service on your TV, computer, or phone. By adding the new elements at the end of the service, our hope is that you'll participate with those in your home or even by commenting on our stream.
Most people equate going to church with attending events at a building. But our church is not just this building. This building is simply the place where our church gathers, and in this season of not all being able to gather together, we want to create a digital place for our church -- the people of God -- to gather and connect with a community of people rallying around the message of telling and showing the story of Jesus.
As Christians we need each other more than ever before. In addition to the spiritual and relational challenges created by COVID-19, our culture is increasingly hostile to Christian faith, and cultural crisis looms, which means we need to pull together with greater depth and preparation for what lies ahead. We need to “love one another earnestly.” (1 Peter 1:22; 4:8)
In an effort to do so, Life Groups at FVC will be inviting anyone who desires to cultivate a deeper commitment to faith in Jesus and strengthening relationships with other disciples of Jesus through the following Life Group structure.
Registration: Each person interested in a strengthened commitment to Life Groups will fill out a registration form that asks if they are interested in a men’s group, women’s group, or mixed group. The registration invitation is for anyone who desires the following vision, whether currently in a Life Group or not.
Online or In Person: There are two options for Life Groups in the Fall, either to be fully online or fully in person.
Intergenerational: These new groups may not be based upon common age or life stage, but are more focused on uniting people together around desire for spiritual growth, which may mean being intergenerational.
Facilitation: There is a need for Life Group facilitators. These facilitators will be given a plan of what to do and asked to follow it closely. The two goals of the facilitator are to gather the group and facilitate the conversation provided by FVC leadership.
Weekly Meeting: These new Life Groups will be asked to meet weekly. If we meet weekly for sports and recreational activities we can do it to grow spiritually together. We need deeper spiritual friendships now more than ever.
Study: Each study and discussion time will be based on the current sermon series at FVC or other material provided. Questions will be distributed each Friday to the facilitators.
Transformation Groups: Each group will commit to meeting at least once a month for Transformation groups and follow them as presented in the Transformation Group instructions.
Covenant: Both group facilitators and group participants will be asked to sign a covenant of commitment to their roles.
Life has changed drastically in 2020, and things are still changing every day, sometimes even by the hour. With that said, there are things at Fox Valley Church that must change in order to continue doing ministry. But there are things this church was founded on that will never change, even in seasons of great unknown.
Staying the Same