This webpage will be updated along with the R3 material available on the Heights App.  The changes should be implemented by 4/1/2017.

The Purpose of R3

Andrew Murphy – R3 Pastor

The Mission

Taking personal risks to bring the gospel to every relationship.

What is an R3 Group?

  • An R3 group is a group of 4-6 people, of the same gender, who are committed to live on mission together.
  • These groups seek to make disciple-makers by:
    • Committing to take one personal risk each meeting (a.k.a. the next step in your walk with Christ)
    • Following up on that risk when you show up to the next meeting.  (R3 is about our obedience to God).
    • Multiplying after 12-18 months – after this time, the group recruit others to join R3, divide into pairs, and become leaders of a new groups.  See FAQ “How long should an R3 group continue to keep meeting?” for further explanation.

The Measures: For R3 Group Meetings – Part 1 Only

Click the links below corresponding to the mission measure you are on to access the material for your R3 Group Meeting.

The mission measures serve as a tool to help us evaluate how well we are living on mission.  They are deeply rooted in Scripture, but they do not serve as the exhaustive list of commands found in Scripture.  These twelve statements below help us to measure our mission by giving us a destination to head towards.  They are categorized into three major relationships: with God, with those who know Christ, and with the world that needs Christ.  Three relationships is how R3 got its name.  By clicking on the links below, you can access a webpage for that particular measure.  This webpage contains all the resources you need to run an R3 meeting.

Relationship with God

  • I have been & am being transformed by the gospel of Jesus.
  • I am confident that my relationship with Christ alone makes me who I am.
  • I abide daily with God in His Word & Prayer.
  • I seek to be obedient to the Spirit’s prompting.

Relationship with those who know Christ

  • I apply the gospel to those closest to me – starting at home.
  • I am driven by the gospel to invest in my church family.
  • I am following the gospel pattern of equipping disciples who will equip disciples.
  • I am experiencing authenticity & accountability with a group of 4-6 people.

Relationship with the world that needs Christ

  • I am compelled by the love & imminent return of Christ to live on mission everyday.
  • I pray for and serve those who are far from God.
  • I take initiative to cultivate relationships for the sake of the gospel.
  • I regularly share my story and God’s story.


What is the Mission Statement of The Heights?

The mission statement of The Heights is taking personal risks to bring the gospel to every relationship.  Our mission statement is a declaration of our core purpose.

What are the Mission Measures?

The mission measures exist to help us evaluate how well we are living on mission.  They can be broken into three categories: a relationship with God, with those who know Christ, and a world that needs Christ.  In Mark 12:29-31, Christ stated that the whole Law is summed up by two commandments: love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength; and love your neighbor as yourself.  The first command deals with our relationship with God.  The second deals with our relationship with people.  We just broke that relationship up into two groups: believers and unbelievers.  If these relationships are right, we are following this law of love. The mission measures are not meant to be an exhaustive list of commands given in Scripture, but rather they are a tool through which we are able to measure the posture of our hearts and the quality of our actions as they pertain to these relationships.

What is an R3 Group?

An R3 group is a group of 4-6 people of the same gender who meet regularly to grow in obedience as followers of Christ.  The mission statement of The Heights is taking personal risks to bring the gospel to every relationship.  R3 groups provide the people of The Heights a means to measure how well they are living out this mission.  R3 is real about relationships.  By this we mean each group is designed to cultivate authentic relationships in an environment conducive to spiritual growth.  R3 is also relentless about risk.  In these groups, we will put what we know about God into action, that we may be doers of the Word, and not hearers only (James 1:22).  Every group member will be challenged to take at least one risk after each meeting, that we may be a people who love God and love our neighbors.  In summary, R3 groups help the people of The Heights measure how well they are living on mission.

Why are R3 Groups necessary?

We all know we should eat less Twinkies and work out more.  We know that.  But if I set my mind to work out alone at 6:00am every morning before work and eat only salads until Jesus comes back, I am going to snooze through Day 1, eat Twinkies to mask the guilt I feel, and then quit diets forever.  Yet when we train physically together, we see results.  There is a workout regiment that takes place at The Heights during the week called Camp Gladiator.  If you show up, you will see on a board the goal for the day: all the activities to be accomplished.  You will be put in a group with a leader and paired up with a partner.  Those who go say they work out harder, longer, and better than they ever would have alone.  You don’t quit because you are a part of a group and there is mutual encouragement.  The same strategy applies to the way we spiritually train.  We were never meant to run the race alone.  Christians today have more knowledge about God than any other believers in history.  Though we know what we ought to do, we don’t always live it out.  We know we should be more patient with our spouse or our children, but we get angry.  We know God is faithful and that we can trust Him with our future, but we doubt.  We know God listens to our prayers, but sometimes talking to the King of the Universe feels like talking to a wall.  It is easier to throw in the towel than to press on towards the upward call of Christ.  But together, we get results.  In an R3 group, you will train with other believers to better obey the God who so loved the world that He sent His Son.  As Camp Gladiator has the board with daily goals, so R3 has the Mission Measures.  As individuals came together to work out their bodies, so individuals will come together to work out their salvation with greater intensity and endurance.

What does an R3 Group meeting consist of?

What an R3 group consists of will vary depending on whether the group meets specifically for R3 or if R3 is integrated into an existing Bible study, small group, or regular fellowship.  A general outline for how an R3 group will flow is:

  1. Pray.
  2. Follow up on risk from last meeting.
  3. Do one of the following:
    1. Part I
      1. Watch a video introducing the Mission Measure
      2. Work through discussion questions and possibly Bible verse(s)
    2. Part II
      1. Go through an in-group exercise together.
  4. Develop a new risk to take.
  5. Pray

This will take about an hour to an hour and a half to complete, and this is not recommended for groups integrating R3 into something else.  So if you boil down R3 to its core, it is all about obedience.  Will you study the Bible?  Will you pray?  Will you have great discussion?  The answer is definitely yes to all of these things.  Are these things the core purpose of R3?  No.  If you are not taking risks together and evaluating how those risks go, then you may have had a bible study, but you didn’t have an R3 meeting.  Thus, 2 and 4 on the list above are the irreducible contents of an R3 meeting.

What does it mean for an R3 Group to meet regularly?

Meeting regularly means that your group meets somewhere between once every two weeks and once a month.  The suggested frequency is once every two weeks, but we understand that this is not possible for everyone.

What is the difference between and R3 group and a Bible study?

The primary function of a Bible study is to gain instruction from Scripture so that we might be able to live godly lives.  Bible study is about growing in knowledge.  The primary function of an R3 group is to take what we have learned and apply it to our everyday life with greater and great obedience.  R3 is about growing in obedience.

What material is covered in an R3 Group?

There is no curriculum, as it has been traditionally defined, for R3 Groups.  The premise of R3 is we know a lot already and our obedience towards Christ doesn’t line up with what we know.  Now, with no structure, there is anarchy and endless off-topic tangentry.  So the mission measures provide the structure. This website provides the videos, discussion questions, in-group exercises, and tools to keep your group headed in the right direction.

How long should an R3 group continue to keep meeting?

An R3 group will meet for 12-18 months and then will split off.  If you have a group of six, they will split off into three groups of two or two groups of three.  These smaller groups will recruit new members to join, and they will act as the new R3 leaders of that group.  The model of R3 is one of spiritual multiplication, and this may be the hardest part for some people.  Here are two reasons to help explain why:

  1. Our hope is not in this world, but our hope is in our home in Heaven with God.  This world is full of hopeless and homeless people who don’t know Christ.  Our goal is to make the party in heaven as big as possible through the Spirit’s power.  Think of how your small group has absolutely stabilized your life and blessed your ministry.  Now imagine you never had that.  The church is full of people who have never had this kind of loving church family. We cannot keep this light to ourselves.  When we share it with others, they too share it, and the gospel is propelled!  Jesus raised the disciples and they split.  Barnabas did it with Paul.  Paul did it with Timothy.  Spiritual multiplication is the gospel pattern.  The feeling of sadness of losing a great group will be swallowed up by the first 50 million years you get together in heaven and by the faces of those who wouldn’t be there had you not raised up disciples.
  2. R3 is the only thing in our church that splits up in this manner.  We absolutely understand the need for long-term community.  You will still see your closest friends on Sunday in Bible Fellowship.  Once every two weeks or once a month is not an intensive time commitment, and it still leaves room for meeting with old group mates.

Who should be in an R3 group?

R3 is for any believer in Christ.  It is first for the saints of The Heights, whom we have been called to shepherd (our members), and then it is for any saint seeking to grow in their relationship with God, believers, and unbelievers.

How do I join an R3 group?

This is the million dollar question.  How you join R3 will change dynamically as R3 grows.  Our primary goal is to raise up quality leaders to lead quality R3 groups.  We can’t exchange quantity for quality on this one.  Our first effort is to bring R3 to every Bible Fellowship.  So if you are already in an Bible Fellowship, you are ahead of the game.  If you aren’t in a Bible Fellowship, that is your next step.  We anticipate a new set of leaders to be trained no later than June 2016.  From your Bible Fellowship, you should be able to find an R3 group.  This makes wonderful sense, why not continue to grow with the people you know well, love, and trust.  From some, June is way too far away and they want to be in a R3 group sooner.  If this is you, and after hearing about R3 you are DYING to be a part of a group, this is my promise to you: I (Andrew Murphy) will find you a group.  Email me at amurphy@theheights.org and put “Joining R3” in the subject line.  You may not be with your friends, you may be asked to become a leader yourself, or you may just wind up in a group with me, but I will make something work.  This is a fragile process so we must do it the right way.  Your patience through this upcoming process is a blessing.

What are the Crossroads?

A Crossroad is a focused area of life, where you naturally spend a significant amount of time. Our hope is to see every Heights member, engaging in their Crossroad and leveraging opportunities to engage with those who need Christ.

  1. Justice Works
    giving a voice to those who are marginalized in our community.
  2. My Kids World
    cultivating relationships with those involved in your children’s extracurriculars.
  3. Park Central
    engaging with the families that live and work in an area south of The Heights, that is largely first generation, Hispanic-Americans.
  4. UTD / International Students
    stepping out to serve the foreign student who is new to the United States.
  5. Where I Live
    initiating relationships with those that live closet to us.
  6. Where I Work
    reaching out to those you interact with on a regular basis in your work environment.

You can find a more robust discussion of Crossroads here: http://www.theheights.org/live-on-mission/.

Becoming a Leader

The goal of R3 is to make disciples who will make disciples.  Our heart and prayer is that everyone who takes part in an R3 group would turn around and lead an R3 group for someone else.  If you are interested in becoming an R3 Leader, please email Andrew Murphy at amurphy@theheights.org.  To see the expectations for becoming an R3 Leader, please click the link below.

Expectations of an R3 Leader


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