5 Reasons Why You Need Small-Group Community

Don’t underestimate the power of small-group community.

It’s incredibly saddening to me how the divorce statistics are roughly the same among Christians as they are among non-believers.

Yet when you look at the church in America, it’s not difficult to see why. Many churches do not have any type of small group environment. Those that do often struggle to get people involved in small groups. This lack of authentic community leads to a feeling of isolation as couples try to work through their challenges alone apart from the body of believers.

Without a small group community, you’re missing out on these powerful benefits:

5 Reasons Why You Need Small-Group Community

1. Relationships. This is the most obvious benefit. You get to build friendships with other like-minded couples. Small groups provide a social aspect – you have people besides just each other to do things with. Retreats, camping, outreach, sporting events, you name it. Small groups provide an instant community to plug into and be a part of.

2. Accountability. In our last post I shared how a survey showed that 50% of Christian men and 20% of Christian women are addicted to pornography. Let’s be real. If I know I need help, am I likely to just approach a stranger at church on Sunday morning? Not very.

Small groups are a place to build trusted friendships. Men now have close relationships with other men where they can confess and get healing. Women now have friends who can confide in each other about things they’re dealing with. A healthy small group can be very healing to both a marriage and an individual.

3. Discipleship. Similar to accountability, discipleship takes place in the context of a small group community. Essentially, this is meeting together for the purpose of growing in your faith. Many small groups will take the message shared on Sunday morning and dive into it on a deeper level, often discussing how they can apply it to their own lives and put it into practice that week.

4. Service. I have been a part of small groups that have helped a single-mom find housing after being evicted. Have helped pay off other member’s college debt so they can go on the mission field. Have donated cars to other members. Small group community becomes a place where you love each other deeply and are able to practically serve the needs of each other in the group.

5.  Evangelism. Would you rather invite someone from work to a worship service or to a barbeque? A small group provides social opportunities (BBQ, Super Bowl party, etc) where you can invite friends who may be averse to church into an environment where people love Jesus.

If you’re not a part of a small group, now’s the time to find one! If you’re church doesn’t have them, consider starting one. If you need help or resources on how to start one, send us an email and we’ll point you in the right direction.

Committed to your success,

-Wesley

Can you think of any other benefits of small group community?

2 Responses to “5 Reasons Why You Need Small-Group Community”

  1. Shaun Emerson Says:

    This is a very good topic, and one that I believe is not touched upon nearly enough. Sadly, I believe many people tend to think in reverse about this subject. Often times the thought is that if a church is growing quickly, or has a large congregation, that the Holy Spirit must be doing a mighty work in that church. Then on the other hand, if a church has a steadily small congregation, the belief is that the LORD must not be working in that church, or surely they would be growing.

    Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that just because a church is large that it must be bad, or that all small churches are good. But I have been a part of more than one congregation that seemed to be growing at a rate that could only be attributed to “the work of GOD.” One of them had their congregation fall apart due to division in the leadership. The other, well… lets just say I don’t know many people who went there, that are still living a Spirit-filled life. In fact, most of them no longer go to church, and many of them are now hooked on drugs and alcohol.

    The church where I gained the most growth spiritually, believe-it-or-not was a church that had no more than 4 or 5 families attending, and averaged about 20 – 25 people each Sunday. The reason for that was: everybody knew everybody and we were intimately involved in eachother’s lives. Birthdays, barbecues or even just days at the beach were spent together. There wasn’t a single day of the week where we weren’t spending time with at least one other person from our church. It’s been 12 years since that church closed it’s doors, and to this day, almost every person that attended there — including the pastor — are still an important part of my life today.

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  2. Wesley Says:

    Thanks Shaun! I think the larger a church grows, the more vital it is for that church to have a healthy vision for small groups. It’s simply impossible for people to be connected in the body of Christ by just coming for an hour or two on Sunday. The real kicker is that Jesus calls us to “make disciples” which goes WAY beyond the Sunday morning service. The body of Christ is supposed to be so relational and interconnected, which doesn’t happen at a large meeting once a week.

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