When churches talk about small groups, teams, cell groups or anything like that, how would you define it? What’s the goal in simple, easy to understand terms?
I think a lot of people are intimidated or overwhelmed by the idea of meeting together in small groups. For some, it feels programmatic. We’ll read a book, answer some questions, and move on with life. It sounds boring. Like something you do only because you have to.
For others, it’s intimidating because it’s relational. You’ll have to go to someone’s house, talk to people, share your thoughts and hope no one judges you or gossips.
But it doesn’t have to be that way! I’ve experienced small groups filled with meaning, purpose and excitement. You become friends, or even better, family.
With that in mind, here’s how I would define the ideal. If you have ideas, you can help me refine it. I’m trying to keep it simple…
A small group is just friends getting together who are intentional about having spiritual conversations and following Christ.
And with the ‘friends’ thing, you don’t have to even know the other people in your small group when you start, but as time progresses, the ideal is a growing friendship as you come to understand each other and grow together.
I could say so much more. I think this is the heart of ‘church’. It’s sharing meals together. It’s laughing. It’s praying and experiencing the big milestone of life. It’s talking about the challenges of scripture. It’s serving the community and the world together.
But if I had to just use one sentence, I’d use the one above :).