Flourishing Communities Large Group Series

This 7-week series features 15-minute large group talks that explore values and practices in the Bible that are necessary for a community to truly flourish:

  • embodied faith,
  • selfless love,
  • radical inclusion,
  • mutuality,
  • reconciliation,
  • costly compassion,
  • and justice.
When we embody faith, not only do individuals, communities, and systems flourish, but we also testify to who God is and what Jesus-centered communities are all about.

Large Group Guide

We have created a guide that outlines your large group time. This guide can be used for each of the seven weeks.

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Week 1: Embodied Faith

Acts 2:37-47

Discussion Questions

  1. How would you define embodied faith?
  2. Jazzy shares about her friendship with Sherin and Allison. What did it mean for them to embody faith together, and where did you see examples of flourishing as a result?
  3. What would change in your community or on your campus if you embodied faith as was demonstrated in Acts 2 and through Jazzy’s talk?

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Jazzy Johnson

Resource Specialist for Black Campus Ministries – InterVarsity Christian Fellowhship/USA

Jazzy Johnson, a proud Native Texan and adopted Chicagoan, specializes in curating and facilitating transformative spaces for learning & listening in the area of social justice. A graduate of Northwestern University, Jazzy directed InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s Chicago Urban Program for six years, and currently serves as the Resource Specialist for InterVarsity’s Black Campus Ministries Department. She is also pursuing her Master of Divinity at the Candler School of Theology in Atlanta.


Week 2: Selfless Love

1 John 3:16-24

Discussion Questions Coming Soon!

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Steve Tamayo

Strategist for Creative Labs and Latino Fellowship (LaFe) – InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA

Steve Tamayo currently serves with InterVarsity as a Strategist for both the Creative Labs and the Latino Fellowship (LaFe). He also directs the Mixed Advisory Team to bless students, faculty, and staff of mixed ethnic heritage. He’s married to Amy and together they have four children and lots of adventures. You can find him as a host on the Ministry During the Disruption podcast and the Con Confianza podcast.


Week 3: Radical Inclusion

Acts 15:1-35

Coming soon!

Week 3 Video will be released by Thursday October 1st.

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Caroline Lancaster

Associate Director of Multiethnic Initiatives – InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA

Caroline is a second-generation South Asian American that has lived in California, Singapore, Boston, and the Chicago ‘burbs. Before serving as the Associate Director for Multiethnic Initiatives, she was InterVarsity staff at Boston University. Caroline is a certified Cultural Intelligence Trainer and participated in Rev. Dr. Brenda-Salter McNeil’s Reconciliation Leaders Cohort. She has been married to her wonderful husband for nine years, and is a mother to two boys.


Week 4: Mutuality

1 Cor 12:12-28

Coming soon!

Week 4 Video will be released by Thursday October 8th.

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Nikki Toyama-Szeto

Executive Director – Christians for Social Action

Nikki has a long history of working with leaders of faith communities to help ignite a passion for biblical justice among the Global Church. She writes and speaks from her global experiences and leadership. In addition to her vocational ministry as Executive Director of Evangelicals for Social Action, she serves on the board of Interserve USA, Missio Alliance, and Casa Chiralagua. Nikki resides in the DC metro area with her family.

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Week 5: Reconciliation

Luke 19:1-10

Coming soon!

Week 5 Video will be released by Thursday October 15th.

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Sandra Maria Van Opstal

Executive Director and Co-Founder – Chasing Justice

Sandra Maria Van Opstal is a second-generation Latina and the Executive Director of Chasing Justice. She is an author, pastor, and activist reimagining the intersection of faith and justice. Sandra has given leadership in global movements such as Lausanne, The Justice Conference, and Urbana Missions Conference. She holds a Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and is currently pursuing doctoral work in Urban Leadership and Transformation.

Chasing Justice

Week 6: Costly Compassion

Luke 10:25-37

Coming soon!

Week 6 Video will be released by Thursday October 22nd.

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Rev. Dr. Ray Aldred

Interim Academic Dean and Director of Indigenous Studies Program – Vancouver School of Theology

Reverend Doctor Ray Aldred is a husband, father, and grandfather. He was ordained with the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada. He is status Cree from Swan River Band, Treaty 8. He resides with his wife in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. Ray is the director of the Indigenous Studies Program at the Vancouver School of Theology whose mission is to partner with the Indigenous Church around theological education.

Week 7: Justice

Amos 5:4-24

Coming soon!

Week 7 Video will be released by Thursday October 29th.

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Moani Sitch

Hawaii Area Ministry Director – InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA

Moanike'ala Nanod-Sitch is kanaka 'oiwi o Hawai'i (Native Hawaiian), Chinese, Japanese and Ukranian and is from Kailua, O'ahu. In InterVarsity, she has led Hawai'i Pasifika ministries, served on the Native Ministries Leadership Team, and is now the Hawai'i Area Director. With ke Akua (God) and a student, she started "Hui Poly," a Native Pacific Islander chapter reconciling faith and culture. She is pastor of a Hawaiian indigenous church, "Ka 'Ohana o ke Aloha". Moani desires all to know the depth of ke Akua's aloha.


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