That night, for me, is a beautiful picture of the church. Though there are certainly appropriate times for gathering in groups based on your age, gender, or marital status, there's something to be said for learning how to commune with people in completely different stages of life than you. One of the most beautiful things about the church is its diversity. I want to learn from a couple in their 80s and from high school students. I want to hear about life and faith from the perspective of a successful businesswoman and a successful stay-at-home mom.
Our group had married couples, middle-aged singles, younger singles, and dating couples. When you form a community of people who are in all different seasons of life, you begin to develop the realization that each season comes with its own joys and sorrows, its beautiful and painful moments. You learn you have a lot more in common than you thought. And the ability to celebrate your similarities and differences is something that brings God glory and joy.
—Jamie Mitchell served as an intern for SmallGroups.com; copyright 2013 by Christianity Today.