Research on Fandom, Small Groups, and 3 Implications for Church Leaders

ChurchLeaders | 1/18/2020 | Staff
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Comedian Jerry Seinfeld has a funny bit where he pokes fun at us sports fans. He says that because players are constantly changing teams, we are not really loyal to players as much as we are loyal to the clothes the players are wearing. Sports fans are essentially rooting for laundry, that we are standing and yelling for the clothes from our city to beat the clothes from another city.

In his book, The Secret Lives of Sport’s Fans: The Science of Sports Obsession, Eric Simons quotes scientists, researchers, and psychologists who have studied what motivates a sport’s fan. The conclusion is a longing for togetherness. As Christians, we believe that our longing for community is a God-given desire. Community is not something we created, but something God created for us. The Bible teaches us that the community we have as Christians is stronger than any other community because it is built on a foundation that never changes. It is built on our eternal God and the unending love He has for us. He gave it to us because we need it. We need it for our spiritual health.

Research - Impact - Groups - Person - Faith

The research on the impact of small groups on a person’s faith development is significant. In the book Transformational Groups, Ed Stetzer and I share insights from research that essentially concludes people who are in a small group display attributes of discipleship much more than people who are not in a small group.

1. People long for community even if they can’t articulate...
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