“Why Small Groups?” by C.J. Mahaney – a helpful resource to explain more of how the Lord uses Small Groups.
FAQ about Small Groups
The Small Group Experience
So, what do we actually do at a small group anyway?! Every small group is similar in its agenda, but unique in practice. Because relationships are the key element, each group will take on the personality of the small group leader who leads them and the people who are a part of each group. Yet, the agenda of every group is very similar because when they gather they welcome, worship, ‘do’ the word and work. Here’s what we mean…
- Welcome– an activity that helps us get acquainted with one another.
- Worship– singing a few praise and worship songs, reading a portion of Scripture, praying short sentence prayers that exalt God.Word- discussing Scripture through various materials and studies with the goal to live it out. James 1:22 “But be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves”.
- When we gather on Sundays, we hear the Word proclaimed, but when we gather as a small group the objective is to help each other “do” the Word.
- Work– this time of sharing naturally leads to ministry as we seek to “bear one another’s burdens” (Galatians 6:2) through prayer and service opportunities.