Small groups are vital to a
healthy church. For many churches, small groups are Sunday School classes.
For growing numbers of churches small groups meet off-campus during the
Small groups, regardless of when and where they meet, or
what they are called, can be the primary church strategy for accomplishing
the Great Commission.
Why are small groups so
strategic in fulfilling the Great Commission?
Small groups, properly
structured, enable to church to effectively accomplish the functions
of the church: worship, fellowship, ministry, evangelism, and
Why do we need small groups
if we have a "teaching" pastor and exceptional worship
Regular corporate worship
should be a part of every church. However, worship services with
more than 50 in regular attendance cannot effective develop
relationships, meet needs, and make disciples. Relationships are
strengthened, needs are met, and disciples are produced primarily in
small groups. The example Jesus gave was a small group of 12!
Can small groups focus on
one of the functions, such as discipleship?
Yes. A short-term special
emphasis would not be inappropriate. You must recognize that plans
will have to be implemented to accomplish the functions the small
group does not accomplish. Evangelism that does not result in
maturity will produce weak members of the body of Christ.
Discipleship that does not result in new Christians is self-centered
and will eventually die for lack of new believers.
How can ChurchToday help me
with small groups?
There will soon be a list
of links which will help you locate resources and help. ChurchToday
will be happy to consult with you about starting or strengthening
your small group ministry.