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What Is the common ground network?

The Common Ground Network is Mount Pisgah's effort to take the church Jesus loves to the people Jesus loves in North Fulton and is made up of newly formed and forming communities of faith. The Common Ground Network (CGN) has its roots in the Fresh Expressions movement. Fresh Expressions are;

  • A form of church for our changing culture, established primarily for the benefit of those who are not yet part of any church. Each Common Ground Network community seeks to connect with people in their everyday rhythms of life.

  • Our world and culture are changing rapidly and yet God and the message of God's love and grace do not. With fewer people attending church on Sunday mornings we can accept the decline or move outside of our walls to meet and build relationships with new people.

How Do Common Ground Networks Grow?
  1. Listen – Take the appropriate amount of time to listen. Listen to the context, to where there are needs in the community, to where people may be open to conversations and sharing life together. Pay Attention

  2. Love and Serve – After listening well, love, and serve in tangible ways. By loving and serving, we have an opportunity to have deeper relationships and build trust.

  3. Build Community – As you love and serve, a community will start to form and life will be shared.

  4. Explore Discipleship – From the community that has been formed, we look for ways to explore discipleship together. Discipleship is at the heart of every Acts Network group as we seek to have these communities know of a God who loves them.

  5. Church Taking Shape – As a community starts to explore discipleship a church begins to take shape. As this happens, each group will implement elements of worship that make sense for its context.

  6. Prayer – The entire journey is undergirded by prayer. Every step of the way we lift these efforts to God and seek wisdom and discernment about how to connect with those far from God.

Currently cultivating list of CGN's
  • 6 Bridges Brewing | Pioneers Rachel and Brice Campbell

  • Sunday Supper at NFCC | Pioneer Heather Jallad

  • Haynes Bridge Community | Pioneers Glen and David Parris

  • Ground and Pound | Pioneers Glen and David Parris

  • Wind-Down Wednesday | Pioneers Chris and Kelly Henderson

Training, Studies, & Supplies:
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Common Ground Network Book Study

  • Mondays, February 1, 8, 15, and 22

  • 7:00 - 8:15 PM

  • Online Via Zoom

What is the future of the church in North America? Almost everywhere you turn, the story seems to be one of decline. Churches are closing faster than new ones can be planted. Existing churches engaged in effective evangelism beyond the tired tactics of attractional approaches are increasingly rare. The painful truth: internal tinkering and tweaks to the status quo will not get us to the kind of church we long for and the kind of community the world craves. Drawing on biblical wisdom and emerging forms of church planting, Beck introduces us to present-day models and examples that don’t leave traditional forms behind but harness the power of —both/and. 

Prepare by reading the introduction and first chapter before the first meeting. You can purchase the book Deep Roots, Wild Branches at https://my.seedbed.com/product/deep-roots-wild-branches-revitalizing-the-church-in-the-blended-ecology/

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Deep Roots, Wild Branches Book

What is the future of the church in North America? Churches are closing faster than new ones can be planted. Existing churches engaged in effective evangelism beyond the tired tactics of attractional approaches are increasingly rare. One of the major pitfalls of the past few decades is “either/or” thinking—either attractional or missional; traditional or contemporary; old or new. In Deep Roots, Wild Branches, missiologist and church planter Dr. Michael Beck contends we must cultivate what he calls a “blended ecology” of church that has both deep roots and wild branches. Beck introduces us to present-day models and examples that don’t leave traditional forms behind, but harness the power of “both/and.” It honors vintage models while blending fresh expressions of real evangelism.

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