What a Small Group is NOT

We have an idea of what a small group is, but sometimes we fall into patterns of what a small group shouldn't be.
  • A club. Many groups are arranged around some affinity: young moms, retirees, newly married couples, people interested in crafts, bicycling, etc. But every small group has a purpose beyond its affinity. A Christian group exists to glorify God and make disciples. Different groups find varied ways of doing that.
  • A clique. We get close to one another — beyond the surface level stuff — but we always look outward to include others in our community. Our mission is to make disciples.
  • An organization. A small group is a living organism. It is a distinctive part of the body of Christ. It is a cell.
  • Static. If a cell does not multiply itself, it dies. In the same way, a small group must continually reproduce itself. Our small groups are designed to reach out to unbelievers, grow, multiply new leadership from within, and multiply by birthing new groups.
  • One day a week. A small group is more than just another once-a-week meeting. The members of the group share life together as a family. The meeting is family-reunion time. The rest of the week, group members naturally pastor one another — visiting, making phone calls, having dinner together, serving together, shopping together, etc. When one member has a need, the rest of the group comes alongside.
  • A classroom. Small groups practice Colossians 3:16: "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom." The group leader is more shepherd than teacher. He is not the group's answer man, but one who facilitates the teaching and admonishing of one another.
  • Just a "Bible study."We study God's Word with an eye toward putting it into action. "Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says" (James 1:22). Small groups should do "Bible do's" as much as Bible study! "Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up" (1 Corinthians 8:1).

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