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Regardless of how you minister to others, whether you’re on church staff or you volunteer in the kindergarten room, you’re probably in a small group of adults. You may even lead a small group of adults. If you are, this is for you.
People often come to small groups with a consumer mentality. They are looking for relationships, teaching, social opportunities, spiritual formation, therapy, or a connection. But a small group isn’t a commodity to be consumed; it’s a community to be formed. We don’t want people to simply consume but to contribute. We don’t want them to just attend but to participate. Responsibility and relationships are the two primary variables that determine whether a consumer will become a contributor and an attender will become participator. We want to create small group experiences where people miss it when they miss. And we want to create contributors who will be missed when they are gone.
Leader - Person - Responsibility - Group - Opportunities
The leader is not the only person who should have responsibility in the group. We need to create opportunities for everyone to serve. Here are three ways that can happen.
First, identify the gifts and passions within the people around the circle.
Everyone - Gift - Everyone - Member - Body
Everyone has a spiritual gift. Everyone is a member of the body of Christ with a unique role to play. When I was in college, I led a Bible study on what it meant to be the body of Christ. I talked about the important roles that God had created us to play and that we all needed each other. I talked about the role of the brain and the heart and the hands and feet and eyes and mouth and even the nervous system. Afterward, a rather timid freshman approached me and confessed: “I really enjoyed your teaching. But I just have a really hard time believing...
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