If You Have a Small Group Structure, Use It

If you asked an old school believer, “What’s the purpose of Sunday School?” that person would say this: “Sunday School is the evangelistic arm of the church.” My response is, “Oh, it is?”

I have a new weed eater. It’s one thing to have it. It’s another to use it. It does no good to have it if I’m not going to use it. If you have a Sunday School or small group structure in your church, make sure you check in on it. Is it working? And when you check in on it, be ready to work it.

I was reminded today of how important it is to use small groups (within a class) as a tool to make disciples and account for people. Discipleship cannot happen in large groups. Yes, in a way people do grow in large groups. They are mostly motivated and inspired. But in large groups people don’t have to be accountable for anything.

In small groups people cannot hide. Smaller groups will provide a few things that large groups (over 12) don’t. Small groups make prayer real. They make genuine fellowship natural. They also promote applying the lesson through discussion that is not dominated by someone in the class.

The funny thing is I’m not sure how many Christians, get the importance of creating a system that requires or encourages authentic community.

If you’re going to have a group, don’t let it just be a teaching station. make it a relationship building environment.

Teaching without authentic relationships is neutered discipleship. Keep working your system of connecting, teaching, and applying for the Great Commission purpose.

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