Ministry Spotlight | Community Groups

Patrick Kirkham  |  Community

At times we’re asked why we put so much emphasis on community groups and why we encourage those seeking to grow in their relationship with Christ to join a group. While the answer can seem so obvious for many of us, it deserves a reply, especially in today’s hectic world where our calendars are packed and schedules are maxed out.

While weekend gatherings where we worship and learn together are essential in our growth as believers, community groups allow us to connect with one another, share each other’s burden and truly explore what it means to follow Christ.

During weekend services we:

  • Worship together
  • Listen to sound biblical teaching
  • Get challenged by a message
  • Receive prayer from our pastor
  • Learn through listening
  • Take part in communion
  • Learn about and pray for ministries our church body is involved in

When we’re part of a community group we:

  • Live out the “one another’s” found in scripture
  • Discuss how the message and the biblical passage(s) impact our lives.
  • Hold each other accountable
  • Pray for each other’s specific needs
  • Learn through asking questions and discussing scripture
  • Break bread together
  • Find ways to reach out to our community by doing service projects together

If you would like us to help you find a group, feel free to check out the Community Groups page by clicking the button below. New groups are starting this month.

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25

Patrick Kirkham


Patrick Kirkham

Community Groups Director

As the leader of the community groups ministry at CFC, Patrick has the opportunity to live out his passion in life by developing and encouraging leaders and connecting people into a fellowship that nourishes and challenges at the same time. This kind of fellowship allows us to share each others burdens and truly explore what it means to follow Christ. He and his wife, Lori, live in Lancaster and have been part of the CFC family for more than 10 years.