Serving—As Each Part Does its Work

How to avoid your group becoming a one-man show.

Does your small group feel like a lecture hall at times? It is possible for groups to become a one-man show where people gather to be talked to, asked questions, told to turn to various verse references and read. Small groups such as this become a place for only one person to exercise his or her particular gift. One person, the facilitator, uses a gift such as teaching or pastoring, while the others listen, respond briefly, or just attend. This situation, however, can destroy the whole purpose behind having a small group.

The greatest strengths of a small group are its size and composition. A small group consists of people gifted in various ways, and gathered together in small numbers where all can use this variety of gifts! In a large worship gathering, it is hard, if not impossible, to allow everyone to use their gifts to build up the body. To do this would likely take hours upon hours, and some gifts would not really be useful in a larger size worship meeting. In a small group, however, there is time to let everyone use their gifts, and there are relationships being built—relationships that can lead to ministry outside the group, where other gifts can be better used.

In our Americanized flavor of Christianity, we often focus on gifts such as teaching and pastoring (nurturing), but we forget other gifts. Some people are gifted to bring vision and direction. Some are gifted in their ability to provide hospitality or encouragement. Others have the gift to speak from God¹s heart for the group, or to simply model God¹s desire for His church in a practical way, with a servant¹s heart. Gifts such as prayer, faith, and others that are often overlooked, forgotten, or dismissed, can be squelched by making the small group ...

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