All Prairie students participate in IMPACT Groups. An IMPACT Group is a biblical small group community that serves as a vital context for developing disciples who are personally impacted by Jesus and who are enabled to, in turn, impact their world for Him. As a group of mutual responsibility for helping each other in whole-life discipleship, the mission of an IMPACT Group is to contribute to the holistic Christian development of students.
The small group is an intentionally relational structure for providing a foundational care network. Within the small group, every student has a place of belonging where basic front line care by the leader, as welll as mutual member care, is provided.
The group includes the leader (an upper class student who has been approved by Prairie staff and affirmed by peers), as assistant, and approximately six group members.
Ministries to the Group:
IMPACT Groups provde a unique environment to develop Christian maturity in the context of community living. You are called to live and learn as a disciple. Although the primary responsibility for spiritual growth and personal development lies with the individual, this growth takes place most effectively in a community of believers who are committed to one another in love.
3. Spiritual Disciplines
6. Corrective Discipline
What is a typical meeting of an IMPACT Group like?
IMPACT Groups are required to meet formally at least once a week.
The following outlines a typical meeting:
Word of God:
What are the principles that guide IMPACT Groups?
The following is the principled framework for the ministry of IMPACT Groups. The intention: that this ministry not be reduced to a program. The principles of the ministry are far more critical than the how-to’s of the ministry program.
1. The ministry is for the glory of God
2. The ministry is to be motivated from a love for God
3. The ministry is to serve the needs of the church of Jesus Christ
4. The ministry is to function under the authority and direction of the Word of God
5. The ministry is dependent on God for fruitfulness
6. The Great Commission is at the heart of the ministry
7. The ministry is strategically focused on people
• People are individuals in community
• People are at different stages in their development
• People are holistic beings
• Personal development is not automatic
• Personal development is a process
• We are responsible for our own development
• Personal development is enhanced by relationship to others
8. The ministry is an intentional strategy of developing disciples
9. The ministry is to function with the methodology of multiplication
10. The ministry will provide accountability as a catalyst to obedience
11. The ministry assumes and expects every believer to be involved in service
12. The ministry will develop leadership in an assistant model
13. The ministry is committed to community
The following principles form the philosophy of community:
• The community should be a model of Prairie's core values
• The community should be an expression of unity within diversity
• The community should be a dynamic community
• The community should be a disciplined community
14. The ministry is to be characterized by servanthood
Why are students required to participate in IMPACT Groups?
The Greatest Commandment, as given by the Lord Jesus, is “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind...and the second is like it: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39) We are called to be lovers, learners, and followers of Jesus...we are called to be disciples! The Lord Jesus also gave the Great Commission to "make disciples" (Matthew 28:19, 20). We are not only called to be disciples but we are also called to make disciples.
Obedience to these commands (i.e. Love the Lord your God,"make disciples") is the heartbeat and mission of the Church. Therefore, every Christian has both the responsibility and privilege to intentionally pursue a passionate relationship with God. From this authentic love relationship flows a commitment to serve Him and obey His mandate to “make disciples” of all nations. Living as a disciple of Jesus is a lifelong journey or adventure “To know Christ and make Him known”. This is the greatest adventure of life!
The IMPACT group community is an effective vehicle to take us on this adventure journey toward the destination of becoming like Jesus. It is an environment in which we expect God will transform our lives as we practice His priorities.
The following principles provide a rationale for why the biblical small group community is an excellent discipling environment and thus why students are required to participate in IMPACT Groups as part of their educational experience at Prairie:
•The IMPACT Group follows the example of Jesus
•The IMPACT Group provides a ministry development opportunity
•The IMPACT Group provides an environment for leadership development
•The IMPACT Group provides a teaching/learning environment
•The IMPACT Group provides a community of care
•The IMPACT Group provides an opportunity and challenge for growth
•The IMPACT group provides a basic building block for Christian community
•The IMPACT group provides a Church Body Life preparation
Responsibilities for IMPACT Groups:
What are the responsibilities of the Impact Member?
IMPACT Groups are designed so that students are encouraged to develop in character, competence, and commitment. They are encouraged to take on more responsibility for others as they make progress through the College experience.
Growth does not happen automatically and groups do not work without commitment of the members. The following are the minimum commitments expected for IMPACT members (Groups may have additional commitments they decide on):
Who is responsible for the IMPACT Groups ministry?
Each IMPACT Group is led by an IMPACT leader (student who has been approved by Prairie staff and affirmed by peers). These leaders serve under their respective director of student development. The directors, in turn, report to the Dean of Education.
It is also true that every member of the group needs to actively contribute so the mission can be accomplished.
To view the responsibilities of the IMPACT Group Apprentice, please CLICK HERE
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Small Groups Alternative for Advanced Students
In your third or fourth year you may apply to fulfill this requirement by regularly participating in a small group at your local church. To apply you must have proven past faithfulness to our campus IMPACT ministry. Once approved by your DSD this replacement requires a leader’s evaluation of your group participation and a record of your group attendance to be provided for each term.
Forms & Documents:
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