We'll be talking about this for a little while on Sunday, but it's an important enough concept to communicate multiple times & ways:
* We need a stronger small group movement in our church *
This church does well as a large group, in worship/sharing/preaching/basic discipleship. On the other end of the spectrum, there are many excellent one-on-one relationships & friendships within the body - overall, we're a pretty friendly, caring group (there are always exceptions:)).
But mention small groups, and we run the other direction. We agree it's a good idea, then look at our schedules, our commuting and family activities, our overall busy-ness and the question arises, "Where do I fit it in?"
Perhaps that's the wrong question. Perhap's we should be asking questions like, "Are there important aspects of my Christian walk that I'm missing by not being in a group?", and "How does not being in a small group hurt others in the congregation", and "What does God want"? Or,
Can we really experience and share the encouragement, the accountability, the sharing, the discussion about God & His word in quite the same way in any other environment? Can the connections we make with others help keep us connected with God?
I leave you with these questions. We're working on another approach, please pray for us.