Welcome! We are so glad you are exploring our connect groups at Harmony Baptist. Our hope is to create biblical disciples in relational environments. We would love to help nurture your relationship with God by engaging with others around God’s Word.
And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. Acts 2.46-47
A connect group at Harmony Baptist is a gathering of people who seek to help each other become more like Christ. They do this by sharing God’s Word and opening their lives to one another. Groups typically meet once a week in homes, coffee shops, and restaurants all over the Waynesville, St. Robert, and Fort Leonard Wood area. Some of our groups also meet on our campus.
Connect Group Values
There are four elements essential to a healthy connect group:
We were made to have a relationship with God and with others in the hopes of becoming more like Christ (Colossians 3.12-17). While we can’t be deeply connected to everyone, we can be deeply connected to some. When we are open to share, pray, and care for one another, our relationships deepen and we help each other grow (Hebrews 10.24).
God calls every follower of Jesus to mature in their faith (Ephesians 4.1-3), and we believe this growth happens best when small groups of believers gather and connect with one another to grow in Christlikeness. When people invest in your life and you invest in theirs, growth happens (Ephesians 4.16). Connect groups are designed to help you grow closer to Christ while also growing closer to the rest of the body.
In our quest to grow in Christlikeness, there are certain disciplines (practices) that can help us. Disciplines such as prayer, the study of Scripture, confession, service, and many others can serve as a springboard forward in our spiritual maturity. However, these disciplines are best modeled in community where they can take deeper root in our personal lives. Connect groups are the fertile ground where these disciplines can begin to take root in an environment of compassionate nurturing and authentic accountability.
We believe the church is called to serve the poor, the forgotten, and the dispossessed (Isaiah 1.17; Matthew 25.31-46). When connect groups act in compassionate ways in their local communities and around the world, they become expressions of the love of God. These hands extended in compassion toward others are an outflow of community and growth in Christ.