Community Groups – Church Outside of the Box

A great way to get connected to what’s happening outside the Sunday gathering at River Community Church.

We call them Community Groups intentionally. They are not just another weekly bible study (though they are centered on living according to God’s word). They are not a Christianized kind of support group (though they are a place where people find help and hope). What drives our community groups is the belief that God has created us to be in substantive, authentic, relational community with one another as we follow Christ and seek to impact our broader community. This is where “church” meets real life for real change because the power of Christ is really at work.


Fridays, 9:30 am – Sweet Peas and Mommies @ the home of Rachel Perez

Topic: Christ Centered Discipleship and Parenting For Moms

Location: 660 Larie Lane – Red Bluff, CA

Contact: Rachel Perez (530-209-8315)


Sundays,  6 pm @ the home of Aaron and Anneliese Peterson

Topic: “Culture Shock” with Chip Ingram

Location: 12058 Alta Vista Ct. – Red Bluff, CA

Contact: Mateo Perez ( 530-526-7143) or Aaron Peterson (530-200-0464)


Tuesdays, 6:15 pm @ the home of Bruce and Amy Grove

Topic: A Study Through 1 Corinthians

Location: 830 Rolling Hills Dr. – Red Bluff, CA

Contact: Nat Porter (530-737-3339)


Wednesday 6:30 pm @ the home of Jennifer Bonds

Topic: “Recovering Redemption” by Matt Chandler

Location: Kimball Crossing Apts., 820 Kimball Road, # 1301

Contact: Jennifer Bonds  (530-953-6566)


Thursday Night Prayer Gathering, 7 pm @ the home of Jennifer Bonds

Location: Kimball Crossing Apts., 820 Kimball Road, # 1301

Contact: Rich Titus (530-209-2293) or Jennifer Bonds  (530-953-6566)


So, check out a Community Group and get connected!

If you are interested in getting more info on what group to plug into, contact the group leaders or Pastors Nat or Rich here.

Community Group Distinctives

Relational Community (Heb 10:24-25, 1 Cor 12)

It is our intention that “life on life” relationships take place both inside as well as outside the weekly Bible study. God has designed us for relationship. When we embrace the opportunity for relationship we are in effect embracing His design. So have coffee, do lunch, have a BBQ, because in the context of those moments you will find more spiritual opportunity than you may have expected.

Intentional Discipleship (Heb 10:24-25, James 5:16,19)

If we want to look more like Christ then it is going to take intentionality to get there. It is easy to forget that the purpose of the larger church is also our purpose as individuals. Inspiring among all peoples an overflowing joy in God is about disciples who make disciples. Through discipleship we each seek to be more like Christ. We have a clear goal to aim for when we see our relationships to one another in light of this vision to be disciples who make disciples who make disciples.

Bible-Centered Discussion (Heb 10:23, 2 Tim 3:16-17)

We are disciple’s of Christ seeking to learn how to follow Him. How we as disciples follow Jesus is found in the Bible. Therefore we commit ourselves to study God’s Word as the final standard and authority in our lives. We lean on the Word of God to lead us as God’s Spirit changes us more and more into the likeness of His son.

Invitational Outreach (Phil 2:3-4, Matt 9:36-38, 28:19-20)

When we invite people into Christian community, we are inviting them into the joy of life in the church. At River Community Church we want our groups to be multiplying into more and more healthy Christian communities. We want to see new people coming into and developing in these small groups. When we grow too full as a group to make that invitation, we are in effect robbing others of the joy that we have. We see invitation as an opportunity to see others come to saving faith and enter into the discipleship process.

For more on our vision and approach to Community Groups see the book “Community. “