AAC Communities are all about being and making disciples of Jesus. The primary vision for AAC Communities is to empower our people to, together, Release the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth in the various neighbourhoods and communities throughout the city/region where they live.

AAC Communities are groups of people who intentionally gather together in and around the city for the purpose of eating, learning, serving, doing life, and living on mission as the people of God. AAC Communities are the primary way we connect with one another relationally, spiritually and missionally, and live out our faith. 

If you're wanting to join an AAC Community, let us know here

Purpose of AAC Communities

AAC Communities are designed to fulfill three essential purposes:

 

1. To be places of authentic connection, community and care

The fact is, we need each other. Life was not meant to be lived alone. It’s God’s plan that we would do life, all of life, together, in community. Therefore, AAC Communites will be marked by hospitality, warmth and inclusivity; they will be environments where all people can find authentic friendship/relationship and a sense of belonging. AAC Communities are places where people are deeply known and loved by others, and where we are truly cared for as and by the family of God. AAC Communities are places where we eat together, pray together, grow together, raise kids together, do life together, and find true community, together.

 

2. To be places where we learn how to follow Jesus

AAC Communities are designed to be settings where, in the context of authenticity and transparency, deep learning and life transformation takes place. AAC Communities are to be places where we study God’s Word, ask deep questions, encourage and challenge one another, and, together, seek to live out and experience the Kingdom life Jesus modelled for us in the Scriptures.

 

3. To be missional outposts for the Kingdom of Heaven

AAC Communities are spread throughout our city and region, organically meeting in homes, coffee shops, restaurants and businesses. We see our AAC Communities as strategic bases from which God sends out His people to change the world and impact those around them with the love and grace of Jesus. Missional DNA is essential for our AAC Communities, as true, biblical community was always lived out in the context of mission, evangelism and service. Therefore, AAC Communities will serve and live on mission, together, wherever they are. Invitation and inclusion of those not yet in the Kingdom is part of the missional DNA of AAC Communities. 

Launch Party

If you are wanting to join or start an AAC Community, one of the best places to begin is by attending an upcoming AAC Communities Launch Party!

At these gatherings, you will hear our vision for Communities, meet some of our AAC Communities leaders, get introduced to resources, and learn how you can join an existing Community, or start one of your own! Plus, there will be great snacks and beverages available for all, so you really can't go wrong!

 

The next AAC Communities Launch Party will be happening on: 

Wednesday, March 21, 7-8:30PM

Saturday, March 24, 9:30-11AM

 

To register for an upcoming Launch Party, click here.

FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions
 

Question 1: Why should I be a part of an AAC Community?

AAC is a big church, and it’s easy to feel disconnected, unknown, lost. This is why we encourage everyone to join a Community! AAC Communities are designed to be places where people can get plugged in, where true and authentic relationships are formed, and where you begin to feel like one of the family. AAC Communities are also the primary way in which we connect spiritually and missionally with others, and live out our faith in Jesus. We’re called to be the church all week long, not just on Sundays. AAC Communities help us live that vision out!

 

Question 2: What do AAC Communities look like?

AAC Communities are groups of people scattered across our city/region with the intent of Releasing the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth in their neighbourhoods and workplaces. So what does this actually look like? It looks like people intentionally gathering together to eat good food, engage in meaningful conversation, explore the Scriptures, and live on mission, together.

While all of our AAC Communities seek to fulfill our church’s vision, each will look different from the next. While some AAC Communities consist of 3 people, others can be as large as 50 people. While some Communities meet in homes, other will gather in coffee shops and workplace lunchrooms. While some Communities are made up of young parents, empty nesters or one specific gender, others will be made up of those from all varieties of backgrounds, professions and life stages.

 

Question 3: When and where do AAC Communities meet?

Due to the uniqueness of each group, we have AAC Communities meeting all throughout the week, at different times and locations. While some meet in homes, others in more public spaces. And while some meet in the mornings, others at night or midday. Communities might even choose to mix up their meeting location from time to time for special events or outings. It really all depends on what works for you and your Community. So whether you like to gather around a living room, or an open fire in your backyard or at your neighbourhood park, what matters most is that you’re gathering together in the name of Jesus!

 

Question 4: How do I join/start an AAC Community?

If you are wanting to join or start an AAC Community, one of the best places to begin is by attending an upcoming AAC Communities Launch Party. Launch Parties are held twice a year, in Septemeber and March, and cover the fundamentals of Community: The why, what, how, who, where and when. At these gatherings, you will hear our vision for Communities, meet some of our AAC Communities leaders, get introduced to resources, and learn how you can join an existing Community, or start one of your own! Plus, there will be great snacks and beverages available for all, so you really can't go wrong!

You can also get plugged into a Community by clicking on the "sign up" button on our Communities page. There you can let us know what kind of a Community you are looking for, and we will do our best to help you connect with others.

Lastly, if you're wanting to start a Community of your own, our advice to you is: Just do it! Grab a few friends or colleagues at work and begin meeting together. Be intentional. Eat together. Pray together. Study God's Word together. Get on mission together. And have fun! And then let us know about your new Community so we can encourage and resource you along the way. It's our desire for everyone to be in an AAC Community!

 

Question 5: What do we ask of our AAC Communities?

While there is much freedom to how each AAC Community will look and feel, we ask each of our Communities to fulfill the following:

i. Establish a point leader and let us know who that leader is - this, really, is for the purpose of communication of information (us to you, you to us) and so we can periodically check in on each Community

ii. Regularly connect with one another – we recommend meeting together at least twice per month, but we also know this may not be possible for all AAC Communities

iii. Grow in Kingdom life ­– study God’s Word, take in AAC conferences and seminars, challenge each other, live out your faith together

iv. Do real life – eat, recreate, serve, hang out, learn, celebrate, pray together. Remember: Kingdom life is not separate from “real” life

v. Intentionally include others – be inclusive; invite others into your community, especially those who are not yet in the Kingdom

vi. Engage in regular missional activity – serve/volunteer together