One of the things that most distracts folks from being in, or leading a small group is the impression that it takes a lot of work to make it happen. I won't say that it doesn't take work, but I will say that folks have been doing small groups for millenia, and most of them don't take a lot of work, just willingness to meet with others.
We often think of small groups and Bible studies as exactly the same thing. Many of the small groups that we have now are Bible studies, but it doesn't have to be that way. Bible studies, like what we have today, are a relatively modern creation. Our small groups shouldn't, and can't be limited by only being Bible Studies. There is so much more out that to be explored, experienced, and so many other ways to see God.
Bible studies will always be an important part of any small group mix, but they are only a part of that mix.
When you look at the things we do as a church, you see that we have several different kinds of small groups that are already happening. We have traditional Bible studies, also prayer groups, choir, Sunday School, Orpha Circle, and we're working on starting something with youth.
As we've started looking at what groups to add to this mix, I know that we'll be adding a small group based on woodworking, and one on how to manage stress. There is still room to add other topic based groups if you have an idea of what you would like to do. We also have a number of resources if you aren't sure and want some help figuring it out.
But, did you know that they can be even easier than that? John Wesley used to start all small groups with a "simple" question.
How is it with your soul?
That was the foundation of the Class Meetings that used to be an important part of the life of the church. It can be again. At their heart, small groups are meant to bring people together to help with three things.
All of that draws us together to do these three things. As we come together, we become transformed, and as we are transformed our church and community will follow.
If you would be interested in leading a group like this, I can share with you a simple format you can use.
That's it. That's all there is to it. That's the basics of a small group. This is something that you can lead, or be a part of. The most important thing is that you give it a shot.
Our first session will start on Sunday 10/7/18. It'll last until Thanksgiving, and then we'll take a break for the Holiday season. This is the perfect chance for you to try something new, and see more of what God has in store for you. Over the next couple of weeks, I invite you to pray, and see what God is leading you to do.