You're getting fat. Too many Ho Ho's. Not enough exercise. You're constantly sick and nearly anemic. If you don't do something soon, this may turn into something really serious. Don't take it personally—I'm talking about your group … well, many groups anyway.
When it comes to good health, small groups are a lot like people. We have to take care of the body, or something can go wrong. Here are seven tips to keep your group in great health.
Eat balanced meals. Your group needs a good balance of proteins (Bible study), starches (fellowship and support), vegetables (training and equipping), fruit (of the Spirit, that is—ministry to others and outreach). Too much of one category while neglecting the others can eventually cause sickness.
Also, you can't live on fast food or junk food. A fast-food diet consists of five minutes of prayer and ten minutes of Bible study.
Fellowship is necessary in a group, but it should not crowd out the essentials. Junk food consists of "careless words" (Matthew 12:36), "meaningless words" (1 Timothy 1:6), "godless chatter" (2 Timothy 2:16), and all kinds of foolish talk (Proverbs 10:14, 19-21; Ecclesiastes 10:12-14; Esphesians 5:4). Those contain too much fat and not enough nutrients for a healthy body.
Get your RDA of vitamins and minerals. A healthy group gets its recommended daily allowance of Bible study and prayer. That means that for a group to continue to grow, the individual group members must practice these disciplines daily. As each person grows stronger in his or her relationship with God, the whole body is strengthened.
Get plenty of exercise. If all you do is eat, you'll eventually get so fat you can't get out of your chairs. A group that constantly eats is an inward-focused ...