Community Groups

Community Groups at The Gathering Church are the first step in getting your feet “on the ground” in community life at The Gathering Church. Community Groups give us a context along with the opportunity for regular “life on life” discipleship in each other’s lives. These smaller groups of 10-20 people meet on a regular basis in various member’s homes. Community Groups provide a safe place beyond the regular Sunday gathering where we can grow in transparency, grow in relationship with one another, while studying the bible and praying for each other. At the same time, Community Groups provide time together to develop a strategy to be a witness to our local communities.

Getting Started

We currently have over 10 community groups meeting all throughout the eastside of Portland, Oregon City, and Vancouver. The map below shows our open groups and here you can find descriptions of each of our currently open groups as well as where each group is located. If you would like to visit one of these groups or would simply like more information about them, send us an e-mail and we’ll be happy to help put you in touch with the leaders, as well as answer any other questions you might have.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find out what day of the week each group meets?

In the section below is each group description, you’ll see listed the day of the week that each group typically gathers as a whole group, although as groups grow in doing life together, they increasingly gather on other days and in other ways.

How do I find out where each group meets?

The map below shows the general location of the primary host homes for each group’s whole group gatherings, but groups will often vary where they gather. Some will split the meetings between two host homes, or sometimes meet at a local restaurant for a couples night.

What if I can’t find a group that meets near me?

This is great question. We are always starting new community groups. Every Fall we re-launch our community groups and they usually run from September to June the following year. We try to take the summers off to focus on more community outreach as that is the time Portlanders come out. During the Fall re-launch we will have the new community group sign up sheets at Connect Central in the Old Chapel.

Also, feel free to visit Connect Central every Sunday. There is usually a person there to assist you with joining a community group near you, get you in contact with the host or leader and answer any questions you may have.

If you’re unable to find a group that meets relatively near you or on a day that your schedule permits, we also encourage you to attend our Introductions Lunch. This is an opportunity to meet with the Pastors after Sunday service and hear our story and learn about our vision at The Gathering Church. You can find the upcoming dates listed on your Sunday Bulletin or on our Website calendar, or visit Connect Central.

At some point, you may want to prayerfully consider starting a community group, as there are probably other members of The Gathering Church near you in a similar predicament. If you are open to that idea, take the first step by letting us know by emailing [email protected]. Then a member of the pastoral team will get in touch with you and set up a time to get together.

What about kids?

Kids are important to us at The Gathering Church. So we, as much as possible, include our kids in our groups. This takes a lot of creativity and each group approaches this differently. Once you contact a group leader, feel free to discuss how they integrate their kids at their community group.

What are “Triads” and how do they relate to community groups?

Triads are just one more step deeper in keeping our feet on the ground with Community life at The Gathering Church. Discipleship at The Gathering Church is not a highly structured system. Discipleship groups (Triads) are smaller groups of three to four men or women, who meet regularly to disciple, nurture and be accountable to one another (DNA). These usually grow out of community groups as casual relationships grow into friendships. These triads become more intimate and safe times together and provide the opportunity for deeper transparency and accountability, to apply Scriptures, confess sin, and pray for one another. They are not drop in experiences or revolving doors. Triads over time build the trust and safety that is necessary to grow into deeper friendships and discipleship.

Join a Triad – If you need assistance in joining a triad just email us at [email protected] or visit Connect Central in the Old Chapel.

Also, anyone can start a triad. Just grab a friend or two and starting meeting together for prayer and reading.

Find a Community Group

If you would like to visit one of these groups or would simply like more information about them, send us an e-mail and we’ll be happy to help put you in touch with the leaders, as well as answer any other questions you might have.

Community Groups

Montavilla 1

Leaders: Dan and Christa Gutschenritter. Co-leaders: Nathan and Amanda Winslow
Email: [email protected]; [email protected]
Dates: Tuesday evenings, 6pm except the first Tuesday of the month.
Bio: Dan and Christa have been married for 6 years and have 2 little ones. They have attended TGC for 10 years and love hospitality, building missional relationships and bringing believers together for mutual refreshment.
Description: Our group is family friendly with childcare provided. We are looking forward to studying Mark with a Francis Chan video series and begin around 6pm with a meal and finish promptly at 8pm so littles can go to bed.

Montavilla 2

Leaders: Ken and Polly Lucas. Co-leaders: We hope to have another couple step up to co-lead with us.
Email: [email protected][email protected]
Dates: We meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays each month at 6:30PM, beginning on January 17th.
Bio: Ken and Polly have been married for 35 years and have 2 grown children. They have been members of TGC for 4 years and love the vibrant life of this body of believers. They are passionate about hospitality and making their home a welcoming place for ministry and outreach. They enjoy engaging people of all ages and seek to encourage them to be students of God’s Word. They look forward to practicing Table hospitality, prayer and service to one another.
Description: We plan to provide dinner at each meeting. Our first goal is to read “The Invested Life” by Joel Rosenberg together and begin to pray for opportunities to disciple others and be discipled ourselves.

North Tabor

Leaders: Chris and Donna Taylor
Email: [email protected]
Dates: Tuesday evenings, 6:30 PM except first Tuesday of the month
Bio: Chris and Donna have been married 38 years and have 8 children – two are still at home. They have attended TGC for 10 years. They have a passion to get young people into the Word and experience the gifts of the Spirit through prayer in the small group. We are child friendly, but have no child care provided.
Description: Our group is currently reading through the Book of Mark together and also setting aside a sizable time for worship and we begin at 6.30 with a shared meal.

Gresham

Leaders: Joel and Michelle Maynard and Joe Watts
Email: [email protected]
Dates: 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 6-8pm
Bio: Joel & Michelle have enjoyed 9 years of marriage and are delighted to call Joe Watts their friend for all of those years. J&M have worshiped at The Gathering Church for 6 years, and truly do enjoy long walks on the beach, their 4 children, and the Portland Trailblazers.

Joe Watts is neither Canadian or Russian, despite his growing up in proximity to both countries in the mystical land called Alaska. Joe enjoys playing bass guitar always and can be seen laying down the low end most Sundays with the worship team. He has attended The Gathering Church off and on since its founding and has strangely enough known Joel & Michelle exactly as long as they have known him.
Description: Our group is family friendly and fellowship oriented with a shared meal, bible study, and emphasis on prayer.

Mount Scott

Leaders: Matt and Karen Lyons, Brian and Bethany David
Email: [email protected]
Dates: 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 6:00PM
Bio: Matt and Karen have been married for 33 years and have 6 children – one still at home. We have attended TGC for 3 years. We love hospitality and relationships. We want to encourage ourselves and others in the gospel during the week and build stronger relationships within our church.
Description:

Milwaukie

Leaders: Tyler and Michelle Cunningham
Email: [email protected]
Dates: We meet Tuesdays at 6:00 pm, except the first Tuesday of the month.
Bio: Tyler and Michelle were married shortly after they began attending TGC in the fall of 2009. They have 4 children. They desire to share life with other families and friends outside of typical Sunday gatherings.
Description: We begin our evenings with a shared meal and usually lots of stories and joking with each other. We then transition into a time of group discussion and prayer. Over the years our discussion time has included reading the bible together, reading theology books together, going through a bible study series, etc. Currently we spend our time reading the text from the previous weeks sermon and discussing with one another.

Vancouver

Leaders: Jonathan and Heather Root. Co-leaders: N/A yet
Email: [email protected]
Dates: We meet at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm on the Second and fourth Thursday of the month.
Bio: Jonathan and Heather have been married 8 years and have 4 boys between 1 and 10 years old. They have attended TGC for 4 years. They enjoy spending time with other families, discussing and addressing the joys and struggles of Christian life through the lens of the Gospel.
Description: The idea will be to build relationship, so fellowship is a priority. Additional focus or study will be determined by the predominant needs of the group members. Childcare is provided for those with kids too young to participate during the study.

Oregon City

Leaders: Ryan and Stephanie Sorenson. Co-leaders: Gabe and Mandy Winslow
Email: [email protected]; [email protected]
Dates: Every 2nd and 4th Monday at 6 PM
Bio: Ryan and Stephanie have been attending The Gathering for 3 years. They formerly were missionaries in Tijuana Mexico. They love missions and their group has a distinct mission flavor.
Description: We have dinner followed by prayer for the World using the Operation World App. The we are working through the book The Gospel Primer by Milton Vincent.

Lents

Leaders: Todd and LeeAnn Bennett
Email: [email protected]
Dates: Directly after services on 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sundays. With shared meal together.
Bio: Todd and LeeAnn have been married 26 years. They have two adult daughters. One girl was adopted out of foster care. The other is Todd’s niece. Todd and LeeAnn have been attending TGC for three years. The 20 years before TGC, they attended a Wesleyan Methodist church. Five or six years ago God began revealing doctrinal issues with their denomination. In time, they gently and peacefully left their church family for a new land. They both love the unity of the church body and the Word of God.
Description: We share a meal together, pray, then get into a lesson. Initially, we will begin pecking our way through Genesis; however, we may change it up after we get a feel for the group dynamic.

East Side – Mall 205 Area

Leaders: Gabe and Kelly Seymour
Email: [email protected]
Dates: We meet on Tuesdays at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, except the first Tuesday of the month.
Bio: Gabe and Kelly live in SE Portland with their three small children. They met at the Gathering about 8 years ago and have been members ever since. They love laughing with people, drinking coffee, and enjoying the ordinary life.
Description: We share a meal together with worship following.   We have a discussion around the Bible and sometimes around that week’s sermon.

East Side – Cherry Park

Leaders: Aaron and April Smith, Matthew and Vanessa Cunningham
Email: [email protected]
Dates: 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:00 PM. 5th week we have a date night for the adults.
Bio: Our group has been meeting for over three years now, but we’re often adding new members! We value community, the Word, and prayer. We are mostly younger families. Oh, and there are lots of kids!
Description: We meet for a shared meal and fellowship twice a month. We typically read through the Scripture, with an emphasis on reading large chunks and letting it speak to us. We finish with sharing and prayer.