Pattern groups are made up of three or four people. You don’t need to be best friends already. Lots of groups have worked really well – if not better – when they were formed of people who had only known each other for a couple of months.

The key ingredients in a group are a willingness to be honest and vulnerable with each other and to pray for one another, along with a shared desire to follow the way of Jesus.

Asking someone to be in a group with you can be intimidating. Be bold in stepping out and asking, and be persistent. It can take time to find people who live close enough and have similar weekly schedules. Forging life-shaping community to help us follow Jesus in this city is worth it.