One of the new blogs I read is also the service that supplies some of our Sunday morning sermon images and song backgrounds. Sharefaith does more than provide graphics for churches. They also help church leaders understand how to better serve. So when I saw this post, I though I share it here so you can go over there and read it and learn about their great work:
Here are their top five. Hit the link above for the rest and the explanation of each…
- Small groups foster close relationships and integral community.
- Small groups provide a comfortable introduction for nonbelievers to the Christian faith.
- Small groups provide an ideal way to care for the needs of people within the church.
- Small groups provide a way for Christians to live out their faith instead of merely hearing more preaching or teaching.
- Small groups participate in focused prayer for one another.
As I read one small groups expert say, and I can’t remember who, Southern Baptist already have small groups. It is called Sunday School. However, we just had a discussion at our church last night during the Thrive Team meeting. Thrive is a revisiting dreaming team trying to come up with our purpose, mission and vision to better guide the church. The discussion our team had was on how pitiful Sunday School attendance has become at many churches. Sadly, most churches have a fraction of the people they have for worship. One member said that it is easier to come to worship where you are a face in a crowd instead of Sunday School where you are a person with responsibilities.
I fear the commitment issue is real. I also fear that some shy away from intimacy.
We are starting a new small group for Singles at our church.
How do you do small groups? Have you ever started a new small group in a home like we are trying to do? How did you publicize it and get it going?