Community Groups

What is a Community Group?

At Lakeshore, we feel life is done better in circles than rows. Community groups are groups of 8-12 people who gather around their identity in Jesus to grow in Christ, care for one another, and join God on mission in the world. Community groups meet 2-4 times a month, typically at homes in the area. To join a community group, sign up on the connection card, or contact the church office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 616-846-8556.

Community Group Misson Statement:
To provide a predictable environment where participants experience Authentic Community & Spiritual Growth.

Community Group Values
While prayer & discussion of curriculum are key elements of a Community Group, the driving force behind the group is the building of relationships.

The atmosphere of a Community Group should encourage openness and transparency among members.  This is an environment where people should feel free to be themselves.


For authenticity to occur, members must be able to trust that issues discussed with a Community Group are not to be shared outside of the group.


Group members should never say anything that will embarrass their spouse or members of the group.

A primary responsibility of community is to prioritize for specific relationships.  This requires a willingness to be available to meet each other’s needs.


Group members recognize that one of the goals of their group is to start a new group within 12-18 months.  This allows others to experience the Community Group relationship.

A Congregation of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod