WHAT ARE PEINE FAMILIES?
At Peine Ridge Church, our mission is to “glorify God by making disciples of Jesus Christ in our city and throughout the world.” We believe the most effective means of living our mission and pursuing our vision is through authentic, gospel-infused community.
In the book of Acts, we read that early Christians “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” They attended the temple together and met in each other’s homes. They “were together and had all things in common.” And “the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”
Peine Families are smaller groups of people knit together by the gospel for the spiritual transformation of our members and the communities in which we live. Peine Families are where relationships among members and their communities are blended together in the natural rhythm of everyday life with gospel intentionality. Peine Families are a primary means of pastoral care and discipleship.
When Do Peine Families Meet?
Peine Families typically meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30pm. However, some Peine Families may meet on different days depending on the specific needs of that family or special events.
What should I expect?
A Peine Family gathering might begin with a time of fellowship followed by a time of “family worship.” This is where the children are taught a bible lesson prepared by the leader or one of the dads. Peine Families might sing songs and have a time of teaching, sharing, and prayer. During some gatherings, any one of these elements might be the focus for the evening. Whether you are a lifelong Christian or you’ve never stepped foot into church building, we want you to feel comfortable, welcome, and engaged.
Typically, Peine Families follow a monthly rhythm that includes at least the following four elements:
Teaching & Sharing
We seek to grow in hearts and minds, where we have the opportunity to “go deeper,” share our hearts, struggles, and joys, and discuss how to apply scripture to our everyday lives.
We share in our dependence on God, bear one another’s burdens, celebrate God’s goodness, and confess sins to one another and to God.
We become family around the dinner table. It is where we slow down. We become less “task” focused and more “people” focused. We do this once a month during our regular meeting time.
We engage with other believers and non-believers regularly in a place that might be a local hangout, a rock climbing gym, a BMX track, or a ministry to seniors at a local retirement home. We strive to be pretty creative with our Third Places!
What Happens Outside a Weekly Peine Family Gathering?
When we aren’t with our children or our spouses, we don’t cease being a family. If a Peine Family member is sick, the family visits them. If there is a financial need, the family contributes. If there is an issue of sin, brothers and sisters confront each other in love and seek to resolve issues.
How many people are in a Family?
An ideal family will start with 10-12 adults. When a family reaches 16-20 adults, groups will begin the process of multiplication. The Peine Family leader will intentionally pour into their apprentice, preparing them for their role as a potential Peine Family leader.
Connect with a Peine Family
Click on any of the images below to find out more about our current Peine Families.