Happy New Year. We all make new year resolutions – and I think that’s a good thing. Can I suggest one? If you are not currently involved in a small group – today is your first opportunity to attend. You have numerous options. Check the bulletin board for times and places where they meet. Recently church consultant and Bible college professor, Ed Stetzer gave four reasons why small groups are vital to the health of every church.
- Personal Discovery. Small groups are where we can ask questions, involve yourselves in the lives of others.
- Smaller Communities Are Most Effective. There’s a level of intimacy that develops in a small group where we can be vulnerable and open about our struggles.
- Deeper Friendships. When people know us, our lives become more transparent. Real life develops.
- Maximum Participation. Small groups are an absolute necessity for involving as many people as possible in the life and ministry of the church.
Community matters. Small groups are absolutely essential for a church to be healthy – the more engaged the healthier the body. When we preach the gospel to one another in a close-knit community spiritual growth occurs. As much as I love gathering with the whole church each Sunday morning, there is something unique about an intimate gathering in my living room. If you are a part of a small group – stay committed. If you are not – join one!