Why join a small group? Because, God wants us to be in relationship with Him and other believers, which is also a definition of “Church.” One of the most effective tools a church has is small groups. Small groups provide the church stability, growth, and strong relationships. Additionally, groups provide a sense of family, help personal growth, and make church personal.
Small groups allow for dialogue. We can relax when sitting in someones livingroom or chatting over coffee. In this setting we can discuss, ask questions and really explore a topic. “If every spiritual experience is about listening, if it’s all about one-way communication, then [it’s easy] to miss one of the most important developmental aspects of a growing faith.” Our dialogue with one another is a personal challenge and a social need.
With outreach, it is often easier and gets a better response when we say “Come over to my house” than “come with me to church.” Small groups have become increasingly more important as the friendly and moral culture has given way to the more distrusting and unwelcoming society. Where rows and steeples can have a bad reputation, a warm home and good people are one of the most welcome of sights. Small groups are about changing lives and “life change happens best in circles, not rows.”