My Small Group Is Better Than Yours!

My Small Group Is Better Than Yours!

Why people love their small groups
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My group provides practical, real life care for each other. We bring meals when there is a new baby or a surgery, help when someone is moving, cry together when someone experiences a tragedy or disappointment, and more. —April Bodmer, Illinois

The greatest impact my small group has had on me is not what happened during meetings, but what happened between meetings. Not only do the people in my small group give me strength, they give me inspiration. Craig is a member of our small group, and he often shares about his work on cars. Auto repair is a hobby for him, and there aren't many things he doesn't know how to do when fixing a car. Listening to him share about his latest auto repair project inspired me to work on my own car. I heard Craig talk and I thought, If he can do it, I can do it. Since Craig has been in my small group, I have replaced my car's thermostat, serpentine belt, door handle, and brake pads. A member of my small group inspired me to try something new and discover abilities I never knew I had. —Mark Ingmire, Georgia

I led a multi-generational small group for women this past semester that focused on bettering our bodies for God's glory. The oldest one in the group was 79 years old. Ms. Shirley is a testimony to Psalm 71:18, "Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me. I will tell the next generation of your power and might to come." She believes that no matter her age, she has a responsibility to be an example of Christ, even in honoring God with her body. She is a beautiful example for ladies everywhere! —Peri Gilbert, Louisiana

I love what God is doing in our small group, both through creating community and mission. On the community side, it's really fun seeing people connect outside of group, watching and cheering on each other's kids, helping on home projects, being a support network in tough times, and celebrating life highlights together. On the mission side, it's powerful to see what God can do through a small group following him into missional opportunities. Our group has thrown a baby shower for an under-resourced couple, and thrown a 70th birthday party for a lonely man we recently started investing in. We have wrestled through how to help others in need, sometimes coming up with the right solution, and other times having to be content to keep searching and praying together. It's stretched us out of our comfort zones in different ways, and that's where going through it together really pays off. —Carter Moss, Illinois

My community life group is really blessed and fruitful. We care deeply for one another's welfare. We call each other weekly, share resources, and encourage each other through hard times. We are genuinely interested in one another's families and careers, and we mentor one another in investments, mortgages, parenting, career moves, and walking with the Lord. —Patricia Neema, Kenya

At one group meeting, I shared that I was confused about God's will for my life. I wondered out loud if I was in the right career. The group encouraged me and prayed with me to know God's will. Within a month of joining that small group, the company I worked for went through a takeover and my whole department was eliminated. I went to the group that night and told them what had happened. As we sought God's direction, I sensed God was urging me to use my passion for writing. They held me to that as job offers came in, as I turned down job offers, and as I decided to attend seminary. And when I packed up my apartment to move to seminary, they helped me load the truck. It was hard saying goodbye to these friends God had brought into my life, but I knew he put them there for a season and for a reason. As I left to begin this new adventure, I found comfort in knowing my friends would be praying for me. —Michael Mack, Kentucky

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