"Have we forgotten how it felt to be lost?"
That was the question I began asking myself 18 months ago. I grew up in the church and now I am a pastor at a church. I have become a little "non-emotional" about really reaching the lost. Oh, don't get me wrong. I would say I love the lost and that our church is all about reaching the lost but "what are we doing?" was the burning question searing my soul.
We have had small groups of some kind or another in our church for 30 years. We have always valued community. However, in the last year we have taken our ministry up a notch. In fact, we nearly doubled our number of groups in less than a year. We moved from our fairly stagnate number of 52 groups to 100 groups!
How did we do it? Besides becoming radically sold on the multiplying leadership principle we began a whole new type of group.
We called these groups "Face to Face Groups." These are unique in that they are small groups of 4-6 people who come together because of common professions, hobbies, interests, etc. These groups typically meet at the workplace, a restaurant or other safe common ground. Face to Face groups generally meet for 30-50 minutes a week, because of schedules, to study God's Word and to pray.
Our passion statement read: We pray to reach our community for Christ as we build relationships with those in our sphere of influence. We will do that by providing a safe place for unbelievers/seekers to explore this Jesus we love so much.
Our hope was to get out into the world with the good news of Jesus. Our small groups in church had done a wonderful job of ministering to our church family and now we wanted to bring Jesus to our world.
We began 18 Face to Face Groups last September. We now have groups in schools, office ...