My name is Kyle Fox, and I have recently come on board at Harvest as the Pastor of Small Groups. If you don’t know who I am, let me give you some info about myself. I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, and moved to Joplin Missouri at 18 to begin school at Ozark Christian College (OCC). During my time completing my degree, I came up to Troutdale and was an intern at Harvest for about 18 months, mostly working with the youth ministry. I graduated from OCC with a Bachelor’s degree in Youth Ministry, and spent a few more years in Missouri. In May of 2016, my wife, Faith, and I were married. We moved to Gresham a month later, and we love living here.
When I have visited Oregon after finishing my internship, and since my wife and I moved back, I have often had conversations with people about the state of Harvest and what steps they felt could be taken to create a stronger congregation and ministry to the community. The answer I received on several occasions was something in the realm of the small group ministry. While there was a great base level of groups that met, it seemed as though the church had the opportunity to expand the network of small groups and to give more people the opportunity to dive into the communal life displayed to us by Jesus and the early church. This was only compounded after the move to the new building and the rapid growth of the congregation.
That is where I come in. My job is to get into the nitty-gritty of forming a network of small groups. To find those interested in the fellowship, study, provision, worship, and evangelism (more on those next time) that are central to living in communion with other believers, and providing the resources to be able to do so. I’ve been in contact with pastors from around the area to gain their insight into the topic and have been reading a few books to learn about some of the most successful small group ministries have accomplished what they have. I am extremely excited to begin this next step in the story of Harvest and the members of the church that gather here.
However, all the planning and resources in the world wouldn’t do us any good if you are not on board and willing to be a part of what is happening. So here is my blog post challenge (that’s a thing, right?) to you: Become a part of a small group. To decide whether or not this is something you want to do, here are a few questions to ask yourself:
- Are you living a life that reflects the community that Jesus modeled and the apostles carried on in the book of Acts?
- Are you striving to see your Christianity go beyond a Sunday morning service each week?
- Are you doing enough to fulfill the basic human need for connection and authenticity that we all have?
If your answers to these questions left you wanting more, I strongly encourage you to become part of what we are starting here at Harvest. I firmly believe that this is the start of something big.