Imagine calling out everyone with the gift of evangelism to begin a "Going Group" that would encourage other groups in your church to share their faith! Imagine calling out everyone in your church with the gift of mercy or service to begin a group-based "Helping Hands" ministry! The possibilities are limitless! A small group ministry is a strategic means of unleashing the latent power of the spiritual gifts that God has placed within your church body.
Oftentimes, a church's database will contain a history of service and/or the spiritual gift profiles of people in the church. This information can be used to identify areas of interest or spiritual gifts in order to create new ministry teams and groups. Small groups can be created around the affinity of spiritual gifts and can serve as the catalyst for new ministry initiatives based on valuable information contained in the church office.
A gift-based group provides a context for the proliferation of defining moments, which emerge from the synergy of similar gifting and shared passion. In other words, life-transformation results from people's spiritual gifts coming to the surface.Commonly, this transformation takes the encouragement of somebody who is like-hearted. God reveals Himself through spiritual gift deployment. This is why Paul refers to a spiritual gift as the "manifestation of the Holy Spirit" (1 Corinthians 12:7). When a small group is used as a "situation room" or "brainstorming center" for ministry and mission, it breeds activities and conversations that allow the Holy Spirit to do His work.
This scenario is exciting because people are likely to respond to things that tap into their dominant spiritual gift(s). In fact, a person's spiritual gifts are usually closely ...