A number of churches, “Don’t do small groups anymore,” or so they say.
I’m not much of a traditionalist, so I don’t mind letting go of things that have run their course, but I can’t help but feel that the latest band wagon is kidding themselves. A church cannot call themselves a church if they get away from caring for one another’s needs, sharing hands-on learning experiences with one another, knowing one another, growing one another, serving with one another, and all the other “one-another’s” things you can think of. To pull of “one-anothering,” we probably need smaller settings. Smaller settings typically become “groups.” Call it what you want and tweak the focus how you want, but I don’t think western churches can get away from doing small groups.
And that’s just it – the churches that “don’t do small groups anymore” are really just tweaking titles. “We don’t do small groups anymore, we do discipleship groups.” “We don’t do small groups anymore, we do table fellowships.” Whenever a small group ministry proved too broad or too shallow, the big visionaries change the title in hopes adding new hopes to old purposes.
I’d like to expand your vision of what a small group could be. Rather than walking away from small groups as though it were a failed experiment, let’s talk about bigger leadership and next levels.
Over the next week or two, I’ll be hosting a blog series on bigger ways to do small groups; Small Groups 101-501 if you will. Hope you’ll come along for the ride.