After thirty years of pastoral ministry, I’ve come to the conclusion that a small group ministry is essential for churches that want to grow disciples. They are not just an add-on for those people who might be interested in them. Following the pattern of the early church in Acts 2:42-47, small groups should be an essential structure of the church.
It is my hope that you will use my study guides with a small group of 2-5 other people. Consider these essential benefits brought about by small groups. Small groups using this resource will:
- help grow Christians deeper in Jesus Christ;
- encourage the daily spiritual disciplines of Bible reading, prayer, and meditation;
- connect people to each other and build close relationships;
And not only that, but small groups can also help to foster a culture of discipleship within congregations. Small groups:
- help a congregation move toward more authentic relationships. Churches usually remain on the level of casual acquaintance without them.
- help to foster honesty and transparency in congregational relationships;
- broaden the care ministry of the congregation;
- change people…and changed people change congregations.