This is the first in a series of blog posts in which we are considering the relationship between the church’s practice of community and transformational small groups.
In a world that is pushing against community, the church must pursue authentic community.
There are few things in which the church can be more countercultural than in the way it practices community. There are few things in which the church can manifest its missional nature more than in the way it pursues community.
It’s a biblical non-negotiable. Transformation is not an individual task. No Christian is an island. The model Jesus gave us for disciple making is one of shared experience and learning in community. Christ did life together with his disciples, and he expects us to undergo life transformation as a community.
Churches that are serious about developing and cultivating authentic community are going to have congregations that are involved in transformational small groups. There’s no getting around the fact that any church that wants to make an impact on its people and a difference in its neighborhood will pursue and cultivate small groups.
Transformational Groups Matter
Transformational groups matter. Small-group ministry is essential to the health of any church. These small groups take a variety of forms: cell groups, Bible studies, life groups, Bible fellowships, discipleship classes, home groups, Sunday school classes and other gatherings that promote relationships within the community.
The question is: What’s the primary reason for having small groups? It’s important to note that all groups have three purposes:
All groups have a connecting function.
All groups have a formation function.
All groups have a mission function.