Regardless of how you think groups ought to be practiced in the local church, almost everyone would agree that groups matter. In the context of smaller communities, people are known, loved, taught, challenged and led towards obedience to Jesus. I am passionately convinced of the missional community strategy, but love groups in all shapes and sizes.
My friend Rick Howerton at Lifeway Christian Resources has a distinctive passion for groups as well. His vision is:
A biblical small group within walking distance of every person on the planet making disciples that make disciples.
That’s a vision I can get behind!
As a leader in the local church, I also need accountability and goals that will stretch me, which is why I have pledged that our church will launch 100 new groups in this coming year. Additionally, launching new groups is the single most effective way to connect people into the church community, and this will keep me and my team focused on the task of serving and loving our church well.
As you’re considering the coming year, I’d encourage you to check out Groups Matter, and consider how this effort can keep you accountable to the vision to see new disciples of Jesus made in your city and your neighborhood.