“The gospel of Christ knows no religion, but social; no holiness but social holiness.” – John Wesley
What is a Band?
No, not a band like with musicians and drummers with spinning sticks. But a band of people, meeting together? What would it look like for us to have a small band of sisters or brothers that can come beside us and hold us accountable and pray for each other continuously?
As a follower of Jesus Christ, a holy life cannot be lived out alone, but only can be lived out in relationship with other Christians.
Band discipleship is a way to connect with other Christians to help one another grow into the fullness of Jesus Christ in this life. So what does this look like?
A band is a group of three to five people who READ together, PRAY together and MEET together.
- Bands READ Together – We are a people of One Book, the Bible. The Word of God is both our foundation and our compass. Though a band is not a Bible study group, one of the ways to band together is through reading a common text.
- Bands PRAY Together – In a band the commitment is to watch over one another in love, to be for one another, to encourage one another and build each other up. An ongoing prayer life is a fundamental and foundational way to nurture these commitments.
- Bands MEET Together – A group becomes banded together when it meets regularly. To help build trust and nurture growth, it is important to find a time when everyone can consistently meet together weekly. Meeting time can take on a variety of formats – face to face (best option), a video conferencing service like Skype, Google Hangouts or Zoom will work well, or a voice-only conference call. The point is to do whatever works and be open to varying the format as the need of the week demands.
Got questions or want more information? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions on Bands.