Our Small Group Ministry Team met to discuss "Small Group Health." We had several objectives. The first was simply to define what a healthy group is, what it looks like, and how it operates. The second was to figure out how to assess health in small groups and how to help groups to be healthy based on those definitions.
The following were some of our notes from the meeting.
The healthiest groups we can identify are those in the early church (Acts 2). The early church was …
- Growing in numbers
- Growing spiritually – in faith
- Imperfect – human
- Community-centered rather than self-centered
What made the Early Church healthy?
- God's presence
- Spirit-filled, Spirit-led
- Spent time with one-another
- Just took the next step
- Christ like
- Sense of Awe – excitement – zest
- Encouragement – Supportive
- Confession – They were REAL!
- Trust, submission
- Compassion – LOVE
- There was an outflow of that love to the world – mission
They did not have "Bibles" or study guides. They had relationships. Spiritual growth, sharing the gospel, serving the outside world, prayer, praise and worship, and leadership development all occurred in those relationships—in Authentic Biblical Community.
What are some things we can look for in a healthy Life Group?
We identified a number of factors based on what we discovered in the early church, and then we categorized them based on our five Biblical values.
Real—There are real relationships, real friendships, developing in the group. There is an understanding that we all have different levels of friendships—even ...