WHAT IS A SMALL GROUP?
The church has many responsibilities, including evangelism, education, stewardship, service and loving our neighbors, but it also has an obligation to foster quality relationships within the church, not only with our Lord, but with one another. There is only so much the fellowship we share on Sunday mornings can do to bind us together. A much more effective means to transform our congregation into a family and realize Paul's analogy of the church body is that of small groups. The history of the church is rich with the benefits of small groups, from Christ's disciples to the small home churches that began and strengthened the ministries of early apostles. Today, small groups within the church, typically consisting of 6-12 members, offer parishioners a chance to strengthen their spiritual lives through intimate fellowship with a focus on scripture, prayer, accountability, shared passions, nurturing support, friendship and recreation, all firmly rooted in our shared love of God.
WHY SHOULD YOU JOIN A SMALL GROUP?
With our busy lifestyles and other church involvement, why should each of us seek out the additional commitment of a small group? Because, while it is a commitment, joining a small group fosters a sense of belonging to our church family. You will find it enriching to your spiritual life as you ask questions and pursue answers with others developing their faith. Each group is unique and creates its own dynamic in which its members can feel safe to explore the gifts God has given us through scripture, fellowship, curiosity and the desire to grow closer to one another as we draw nearer to Him. Small groups will provide a much needed spiritual recharge during the busy week and a surer foundation on which to plant our feet. They will also affirm every believer through encouragement and a sense that we each fall short of God's glory, and his wisdom, and need to be asking questions, challenging our own understanding and sharing our struggles with our fellow believers. Small groups give us the opportunity to do all of this and reassure us that we are not alone in the constant challenge to build a stronger faith.
If you would like to learn more, please contact John Lampley, Director of Small Group Ministry.