Kalos Team is a Seven Mile Road diaconal team that assists our pastors by partnering with them in making disciples of the women that Jesus is giving us.
WHAT IS A GOSPEL COMMUNITY?
• Every woman Jesus gives us: valued, loved and gospeled well
QUALIFICATIONS TO SERVE ON KALOS
• Member in good standing of Seven Mile Road
• Completed Kalos Track training
• Called by pastors
• Committed to mission of God by obeying His call to love/serve others
• Proactive disciple-maker in gospel community
• Lead or support a Kalos Team ministry initiative1
• Be available to pastors as needed in loving/gospeling specific women
• Attend 3 team meetings a year (every 100 days)
• Stay connected on Slack
WHAT WE DO WHEN WE MEET
• Word and prayer
• Celebrate wins, voice struggles, and identify specific discipleship needs
• Give feedback to and receive support/counsel from pastors
• Strategic conversation on Kalos-led Initiatives and opportunities
1 Kalos Team “Ministry Initiatives” include things like Playgroup, The Well, Biannual Retreat, Summer Study, Kalos Conversations podcast. etc.
community is a small group of Seven Milers who are becoming disciples by believing the gospel in tightknit community.
1. GOSPEL FLUENCY
The gospel is our oxygen: we die without it. The gospel holds out untold vistas of goodness, beauty, power, and truth for every reality in our lives. So GCs are not self-help gatherings, or shallow times of general encouragement, or academic chats on the latest theological fads. They are communities where we love, listen to, and lead each other toward Jesus and His gospel grace.
2. THE WORD
In His grace, the Lord has spoken in Scripture all that we need for life and godliness. We humbly and continually come to the words of God for the first and final voice on all matters of believing and living. We do this with a spirit of dependent prayer, asking the Spirit to illuminate truth and move us toward glad obedience to it.
3. HONESTY & SAFETY
The Spirit promised us that “if we walk in the light as He is in light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.” A GC is an exercise of walking in the light with each other. This means unquestioned confidentiality as we share our sins, fears, hopes, and dreams together. It means a willingness to be vulnerable so that we might be healed. It means room to ask questions, make mistakes, connect dots, and be respected in the process. It means zero tolerance for finger-pointing, embarrassment, or manipulation. It means sticking with each other and giving space for real gospel change to happen in our lives.
4. FREQUENCY & PROXIMITY
In order for any GC to thrive, there is a certain necessary threshold of proximity of life and frequency of time together. This does not mean that all GC members need to live two doors down from each other and be together six nights a week. Nor does it mean that “missing” a GC time comes with strict reprimands. It just means that in order to create space for the volume of interactions and depth of relationships that true discipleship requires, we need to see each other often enough and get together easily enough.
1. GOSPEL CONVERSATIONS
We cannot live on bread alone, but need every word that God has spoken shaping and empowering us. DNA are times of Word, prayer, and gospel conversation when the men and women in a GC gather to study, believe, and act on gospel truth. It’s here that deep and lasting change happens as we love and lead each other to Jesus in the details of our lives.
2. SHARED LIFE
Through the gospel, Jesus makes us family, and gospel community is one arena where we get to live this reality out together. This means lots of shared meals, rides to the airport, assistance with moving and babysitting, hanging out with neighbors, and whatever else a family would do together.
There is no top-down, one-size-fits-all schedule for a gospel community’s life together. Establishing rhythms will necessarily take into consideration factors like work commitments, young children, homework, health issues, geography, and 100 other realities. At the same time, we are not working down to some minimum possible meeting schedule. Instead, we are seeking to establish a schedule that will create the space for gospel advance to happen in and through the community. This is a costly but energizing process as we seek to believe the gospel with our calendars.