This week I want to discuss church (small, house, community) groups.
Over the week I hope to present some questions, get some push back, have people disagree, and get the resident small group guru in here to do some talking (you know who you are Josh Long) about the value of small groups.
Please chime in and make this conversation less about what I have to say and more about the discussion….
Small groups can often be a very shallow form of community. What better place to go and make yourself feel like you are participating with a community as well as get your God time in on a day that isn’t mandatory (Sunday). This could all be the doom and gloom view of small groups. But hear me out on this one. I say this because it often is true for myself. I have used small groups to build false community and a sense that I am doing my part. In all reality I am cheating community like a fat man cheats death at McDonalds (McDonalds will kill you, see SuperSize Me)
Small groups can often be a wonderful place of community and love. Hopefully you are apart of this type of small group. A group that is constantly joining in community and conversation as well as growing in spiritual maturity and the grace of Christ. When all small group leaders volunteer s to lead a small group this is how they envision things happening. A place where people come and share life with others and leave each others company knowing that they are not alone.
I have been a part of both of these types of communities (I like using this word better than group or small group). Obviously I prefer the second type of community than the first. What I am realizing more and more is the church (institution) and small groups are heading in the direction of the first type of community and not the later.
Over this next week I want to talk about small groups and why I think we are tempted to want shallow, drive through community, over a steak dinner community.
Start your convo now here….
by leaving a comment on what types of small groups you have been apart of