What a thrill to have so many godly servant-leaders who are devoting their time, energy, compassion, prayer and leadership to our church. Each of our deacons serve a smaller, geographically concentrated area of families that make up our church Family. Each FLOCK (between 20-40 families) is blessed to have a deacon available for crisis needs as well as opportunities each year to connect to one another and to the larger ministry of Colonial. What a privilege it is for me to serve Colonial with these men; and what a great honor it is to have a ministry imitating the early church in Jerusalem who was able to commission servant leaders who were wise, having a good reputation, marked by their submission to the Holy Spirit (Acts 6:3).
What does FLOCKS mean?
FLOCKS. For Life, Outreach, Community, & Kindred Spirits.
What are FLOCKS?
FLOCKS are community groups intended to provide you with natural opportunities to connect with people living near you who attend Colonial. When you discover other families living in your neighborhood who call Colonial home, finding a walking partner or a family that can carpool to next week’s student event becomes a win-win. The purpose of creating these community groups is simply, “to connect families to ministry and to each other.” Many of those connections are happening already, FLOCKS will just help broaden those opportunities.
I’m connected through my ABF; do I need to be in a FLOCK?
While everyone who attends Colonial will be included in a FLOCK, FLOCKS are not intended to replace your ABF involvement or relationships. We simply want to provide you with additional points of connection, in your own neighborhood. Because FLOCKS are coordinated geographically, it is hoped that you will have an opportunity to get to know more people who live closer to you who attend Colonial. Most ABFs are based on interest or stage-of-life and do not necessarily give you an opportunity to connect locally with other Colonial households.
How will I be assigned to a FLOCK?
You will be assigned to a FLOCK based on where you live.
How many FLOCKS are there?
To accommodate the entire church, there will be sixty flocks, each comprised of around 40 - 50 households.
That seems like a lot, how and where will we meet?
FLOCKS will not be meeting, as an entire group, on a regular basis, like some small groups with which you may be familiar. FLOCKS are meant to be a community with whom you can become familiar and with whom you can form associations over time. We hope those associations will provide encouragement to you when you or your family are experiencing difficult circumstances, looking for like-minded friends with whom to spend time, or reaching out to other neighbors to include in Colonial ministry/outreach opportunities. Of course, as you make new friendships, opportunities to gather, study and fellowship will only increase. The sky’s the limit.
Who will be leading my FLOCK?
A Colonial Deacon will lead each FLOCK group. Deacons have been provided with a wealth of information regarding the ministries of Colonial, as well as current ministry contact information. If you are interested in a ministry, but aren’t sure how to get connected or you are experiencing a specific need and aren’t sure where to turn, your Deacon will be able to provide you with information so that you can connect with the existing Colonial ministry that can help you. Deacons will not be coordinating regular FLOCK activities or meetings. We hope you will come to think of your neighbor/FLOCK members as people you can meet with informally in your neighborhoods throughout the year.
How will I find out to which FLOCK I belong?
Complete the online registration form.
Can I switch FLOCKS?
FLOCKS are assigned geographically for the primary purpose of helping you to establish relationships with Colonial members/attendees who live near you. Unless you move, switching FLOCK groups would negate our primary purpose. So . . . enjoy making new friends with those who live in your immediate neighborhood. We’re all praying that these connections will ultimately draw you closer to our Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ