Hello team. You have been hearing a lot about R3 groups and the benefit this could provide within our faith community. We also briefly talked through R3’s back in August when we broke out the Relationship Building Diagram. As we move to implement these meetings this Sunday morning, per our last leader meeting on 1/17, I want to clear up any confusion on what these are and how they will work.
What is an R3 Group?
An R3 group is a group of 4-6 people of the same gender who meet regularly (1-2 times per month) to grow in obedience as followers of Christ. The mission statement of The Heights is taking personal risks to bring the gospel to every relationship. R3 groups provide the people of The Heights a means to measure how well they are living out this mission. R3 is really about relationships. By this we mean each group is designed to cultivate authentic relationships in an environment conducive to spiritual growth. R3 is also relentless about risk. In these groups, we will put what we know about God into action, that we may be doers of the Word, and not hearers only (James 1:22). Every group member will be challenged to take at least one risk after each meeting, that we may be a people who love God and love our neighbors. In summary, R3 groups help the people of the Heights measure how well they are living on mission.
What are our Missional Measures?
The mission measures exist to help us evaluate how well we are living on mission. They can be broken into three categories: a relationship with God, with those who know Christ, and a world that needs Christ. In Mark 12:29-31, Christ stated that the whole Law is summed up by two commandments: love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength; and love your neighbor as yourself. The first command deals with our relationship with God. The second deals with our relationship with people. We just broke that relationship up into two groups: believers and unbelievers. If these relationships are right, we are following this law of love. The mission measures are not meant to be an exhaustive list of commands given in Scripture, but rather they are a tool through which we are able to measure the posture of our hearts and the quality of our actions as they pertain to these relationships.
What will this look like within Heights Students?
As we move into new territory, we want to see what it looks like to implement Student R3’s 1-2 times per month when we are in Structure 2 (Bible Fellowship the entirety of the morning). For starters, let’s give space during the final 20 minutes of our time together to reflect and disciple these teenagers at each individual table group in our rooms. It will be tough to unpack every Missional Measure during this time frame. That’s why we will focus in on a few at a time.
When you are ready to talk through each designated measure, begin by allowing everyone to identify where they are with RED light (NO Progress), YELLOW light (Little Progress) and GREEN light (Good Progress. Starting here will most definitely lead to more discussion and help you disciple more effectively. This will help us pray for one another, hold each other accountable, and spur us on to the Gospel together.
The vision of R3’s is for trust to build over time and ultimately take place outside of the church walls. This is more than “another” meeting. This is a way for us to grow deeper in our relationships. We also want to be leading in such a way that students can be sent out to lead/make disciples just as you are. That’s the strategy as we move together to live on mission.
THIS SUNDAY 1/31/16
This week, we will need to break from the lesson by 10:20am. At that time, a Heights Students staff member will facilitate the R3 time together. It will be important to have an adult at each table. This is to help communicate and demonstrate how we want this to look.
On Sunday, we will focus on the first 4 Missional Measures. This will help gage where we are in terms of our relationship with God. Use the “Light” scale mentioned above to help start conversation. Ask follow-up questions. Be sensitive to the Spirit’s leading. When finished pray together and communicate that we will follow-up with this in a few weeks. Then, leave quietly as some groups may be still meeting.
Thank you team! Let me know if there is anything more I can do to make this more clear.