As we move into November, our small group and its fall “Living Gratefully” campaign is winding down. What a blessing “Living Gratefully” has been.
Why are small groups so valuable?
- They create a “family” of sorts, made of up of a wide variety of ages and perspectives who can all share around the adventures of life. Just in our group the ages ranged from 20 to 69.
- They allow people new to the congregation a simple mechanism to connect with others in meaningful ways. In our overall fall campaign for example, 7 of the 10 groups were led by people relatively new to our church.
- They capture the lived experience of faith. Within the group there are those falling in love, those losing loved ones, those restlessly searching for purpose, and those calmly resting in times of deep peace. And each of those is looking to God for help. Each of those belongs.
- They allow for leadership from the bottom up vs. the top down. I grew up in an era where small groups were really doctrinal classes led by a Pastor. Great value there. And it is a different era, one in which we can celebrate people’s willingness to lead in things spiritual.
… all the life a person has come from God by way of communities. (Secrets of Heaven 8794)