Historically, this has taken place in what we now call "small groups." Back at the beginning of Methodism, especially in the United States, we called them class meetings. These weren't interest groups, or Bible Studies, but gatherings of people that talked about their faith and how God was at work in their lives on a daily basis. They also talked about their struggles and challenges in living out that faith.
The best part of this? They did it in only 1 hour a week! Really, I'm not kidding. What makes this time special and different from the other things that we do? This works because we grow stronger together than we do by ourselves. This was true when Jesus was teaching his disciples, this was true when John Wesley met with his "Holy Club," and this is true for us today. When we gather with others and let ourselves open up about our faith and the challenges we face, then we grow stronger.
God never intended for us to do this alone. From the very beginning God made us to live in groups. That could be couples, families, tribes, and so on. We naturally gather together. Because of this, it makes sense that we grow best when we're with others.
How do we make this happen? The first thing we need are leaders. Here's the things you don't need in order to be a group leader
If you aren't sure about leading a group, but think you might want to be a part of one, then all you need is a commitment to try it. Below you'll find a contact form. Let Pastor John know if you'd like to try this out, or just have some more questions. We'll be talking about it at church, and it'll be a part of a special event on September 9th. So watch for more information as we get closer to the fall.