Every culture has worshiped. Every human heart longs for eternity. Every person desires purpose. C.S. Lewis once said that there's no such thing as a desire that doesn't have an answer:
"Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists. A baby feels hunger: well, there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim: well, there is such a thing as water. Men feel sexual desire: well, there is such a thing as sex. If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing. If that is so, I must take care, on the one hand, never to despise, or to be unthankful for, these earthly blessings, and on the other, never to mistake them for the something else of which they are only a kind of copy, or echo, or mirage. I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that country and to help others to do the same.”
People are searching. Our friends, family members, and neighbors are asking questions and looking for answers. Many people want a safe place to explore honestly but we don't want to stick out like a sore thumb, offend others, or be attacked ourselves for the questions that we have.
Enter Beta Groups. Beta is for explorers, questioners, skeptics, critical thinkers, and truth searchers. In other words, Beta is for everyone.
In our experience, entering into an established small group with mature Christians can be a tough or intimidating position for many who (for one reason or another) feel like "outsiders." But we've also noticed that brand new small groups are naturally missional. Brand new small groups are often a place where new, non, or nominal Christians feel comfortable. These new small groups are often composed of people who have a lot of questions and are willing to search for answers together. As a result, we wanted to be intentional about creating opportunities for Christian men and women to lead new small groups with the express purpose of giving their circle of influence an opportunity to hear and talk about Jesus.
If you choose to lead a Beta group, we'll give you resources and training for hosting a small group in your home or at a venue in which several Beta groups are attending together. We'll give you ideas for inviting your friends. We'll provide you with material for 5 weeks in which we'll answer 5 compelling questions (one a week) and we'll provide you with discussion questions after each message.
There's a good chance that you know a few people who have a lot of questions about Christianity and would love an opportunity to discuss them with friends.
Sunday, September 16th will mark the launch of our Beta Groups. The Saturday night venue that's specifically for Beta Groups will have their first meeting in the Church Commons area from 6:30-8:30PM. We'd love for you to join us.
If you're interested in hearing more or if you know that you want to lead a Beta Group - get in touch with us. We'd love to hear from you: