Why do we have small groups, what’s the purpose? Some may answer, “to develop relationships with like minded people (i.e., other Christians).” Others may say, “to support and encourage each other (within our group) through bad times and good.” Another may answer, “to learn more about God’s Word (the Bible) and how to apply it in our daily lives.”
Those would all be good (and correct) answers.
The one thing each of these have in common, however, is that they are all focused inward towards the group. That, in and of itself, is not necessarily a bad thing. But I would like to challenge you to also think about how Grow Together groups can impact others (outside the group).
In addition to helping ourselves (grow in Christ), how can you (your group) help other people? What can we do to be more mission focused? I encourage you to start thinking about how you can incorporate a mission focused mindset into your group’s DNA. How can your group, as Pastor Wayne says, be the tangible touch of Christ in other peoples lives in our community? What can your group due to impact the kingdom of God and the lives of others in our community? How can our group be more mission minded?
This might involve your group also getting involved in one of the existing Serve Together ministries. It might also mean coming up with ideas of your own. These ideas can be short-term projects or ongoing positive community action. Pastor BJ would love to help you explore where your group can be effective or offer ideas or help you further work through ideas you come up with.
In any case, this is the perfect time of year (approaching Thanksgiving and then Christmas) to start thinking about what your group can do to show the love of Christ to others in our community. Give it a try and let us know what you come up with!
Group Life Deacon
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another”
Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV)