Small Groups are here! Answers to frequently asked questions…

WHAT HAPPENS AT A SMALL GROUP?

You’ve probably seen small groups meeting and not even realized it. A small group looks like friends at lunch or coffee, or people studying a book or topic of interest. At its core, a small group is a small gathering of people, and it is less about what you do and more about who you do it with. By participating in small groups, you can expect to connect with others through a common activity, engage in life giving conversation and request prayer.

HOW OFTEN DOES A SMALL GROUP MEET?

Our small groups meet for three semesters a year—winter/spring, summer and fall. During the semester, most groups meet once a week. Small groups are meant to bring meaning and community into the flow of your life, so even if you can’t attend every meeting, there is still great value in joining a group.

WHERE DO SMALL GROUPS MEET?

Small groups meet in places like homes, parks, restaurants, coffee shops and office buildings. The leader of the group selects a meeting spot that best fits the purpose of the group. Small groups happen throughout Sioux Falls.

HOW LONG DOES A TYPICAL SMALL GROUP STAY TOGETHER?

Most small groups meet for a semester. This way, new people can join groups easily and regularly. Also, the semester format allows you to try multiple groups each year. As relationships form, some groups choose to stay together for consecutive semesters, but new members are always welcome.

IS THERE CHILDCARE AVAILABLE?

Childcare varies from group to group. When you search our directory for a group, the group profile will indicate if childcare is available.

WHAT IF I DON’T LIKE THE FIRST GROUP I TRY?

The truth is, not everyone will find the best fit with the first group they try. This is why we encourage you to select a few groups that interest you, contact the leaders and try out a couple different groups before choosing the best one for you. The simple strategy to finding success in small groups is to not give up. We believe there is a group that is right for everyone—including you!

The Cross and Forgiveness – Bible Apps for Life

Who rules your life? Does God rule your life, or someone (or something) else? The application of what God gave us through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross provided us with the greatest gift of all – the gift of forgiveness.

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all (Isaish 53: 5-6 NIV).

Your Christian life isn’t just what you believe or confess, it’s what you do. Once you get saved, you want to grow in your faith, not just stay in the safety of God’s grace, but grow into a higher level so that you can share that grace and love with others.

Turn to Your Maker

We need to surrender our pride, our ego, our wordly desires and our plans in order to live out the will of God. We need to freely love and forgive our neighbors and not deceive ourselves thinking that God’s forgiveness is only meant for us. Read More

So glad to be home!

Hello Church Family:

What a great day today, I pray you are all doing well and having a blessed week to this point.  Let me start by saying thank to all the dream team and staff for your help and service over the past weeks that Djuana and I have been away.  We truly pastor one of the best Churches on the planet when it comes to team spirit.  Also, I want to say thanks to Tamien for sharing this past Sunday.  I have heard from many that it was an amazing word from the Lord.

I can tell you it is good to be home.  It seems the past 4 weeks have been filled with lots of travel, motel stays, and more family than I am use to.  But we are home now and ready to finish our summer well.

Over the past few weeks I have had a chance to really pray and seek the Lord for what is next for Harvest Church, and I want to share just a few thoughts coming up in the series this month entitled “Why Do I”:

Its amazing how many things I do that I never think about, but just do them.  Some habits like prayer for instance.  Sometimes I will pray out of habit rather than passion….or attend church out of duty rather than opportunity and excitement.

I recently read a book where the author talked about the “doldrums of life”.  The place where things are motionless and void of movement.  I’m sure like me, all of you would say you’ve been there at times in your life.  Where we find ourselves drifting, or disconnected from God in some area of life, or disconnected from good friends that hold us accountable.

In 2 Timothy 1:16 Paul has a friend that he says, “Visited and encouraged me often, and his visits where like a BREATH OF FRESH AIR”.  I know all of us have someone like that in our lives, but I also know the relationship we have with God is like that, (or can be).

Just take a moment today and remember Why you DO love God, love people, pray for the lost to know Jesus, or simply why you are a part of a serving team.  I think the reason will always go beyond YOU.

I hope you come this Sunday, and I hope you find someone to bring with you.  We Love being your Pastors.

Pastors Charlie & Djuana

The Importance of Easter Service

I want to take a few moments to highlight our weekend service for Easter. This is the most important day of the year for every believer. I know in my life, I am overwhelmed that Jesus died for me, was buried for me and rose again for me. I do take it personal and believe you do too!

Again, I want to offer to you as you have heard me from the pulpit over the past weeks: Easter Sunday is proven that more people will say yes to your invitation to church and they will also say yes to an invitation to know Jesus as their Savior. Read More

Jesus Is Our Shepherd

“Who Is Jesus to You?” Sermon Series, Part II

Wisdom for your week: Take time to KNOW Jesus as Shepherd/Pastor and EXPERIENCE Him. Your life will never be the same when you do!

This weekend, I challenged you to look at Jesus as Shepherd, which ultimately means “pastor”. Look at Psalm 23 and you will find 6 things Jesus as Shepherd does:

  1. The Shepherd Provides: You lack nothing. He takes care of your needs. (Remember to stay in right relationship with Him)
  2. The Shepherd Restores: He will bring you back to place where perhaps you departed or went astray. Read More

Knowing Jesus as Your Best Friend

Harvest Church, Who Is Jesus to You?

This weekend, I challenged you to look into the life of Jesus in a unique way and ask the question, Who is Jesus to you?

I shared that Jesus, in essence was given a “nickname” of Immanuel, which means, God with us. The presence of Jesus is with us in every way. He is with us in our everyday routine, our everyday work, our everyday relationship stuff. Jesus understands our relationships, our life and our pain. Read More

Go After Your Dreams with a Plan!

I hope you have had a great February so far. Hard to believe how fast this year is moving. But it’s with that perspective that I hope you have taken time to write down your vision, dreams & goals for this year.

Here are a few of my notes from Sunday’s message, The Journey:

 In order to obtain your dreams:

1. You Must Prepare a Plan

The future belongs to the person who PLANS for it.

The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. (Proverbs 21:5) Read More

Relationships are Vital to Your Journey

I’m writing to you not from my desk, but from sunny Phoenix, AZ. Djuana and I are in a short break from the Dream Conference. God is doing great things, filling us with fresh vision and launching new dreams!! So get ready!

We are praying for you and all of the Small Groups launching this week. You can still be a part of Small Groups. Take a look at the online directory to get the details.

Remember, relationships are vital to have your best journey.

4 Key Things to Create & Strengthen Relationships Read More

The Journey – Vision & Goals for Your Finances

As we continued this past week with the Journey series, I offered some financial challenges/goals for 2014. I pray that we all will let these principles really get into our hearts and allow God to bring his great economic plan into our lives. 

1. Change the way you think. (Romans 12:2-NLT)
   (Bad thinking myths)  Read More

The Journey Sermon – 4 Principles to Change Your Life!

I hope you are staying warm today! But more importantly, that you are encouraged to live today with a fresh passion! Remember that your best day is right now!

I am going to recap the 4 Principles that will change your life from Sunday’s message (1/19/14), The Journey (if you apply them).

4 Principles to Change Your Life

  1. Be content with your life. Don’t wait for circumstances to change for you to be happy and joyful. (1 Timothy 6:6-8) Read More