What is a Life/Small Group?This ministry provides a setting where, through discussion and participation, a person can love and be loved, know and be known, serve and be served, celebrate and be celebrated (Matthew 12:33, John 13:34, Galatians 5:13, Matthew 7:12).Another possible way to look at small groups is as a support group. Look at Webster’s definitions for the word SUPPORT:
- to hold up or serve as a foundation or prop for
- to keep from fainting, yielding, or losing courage
- to keep (something) going
Incorporating these definitions, we can say that a small group is really a support group.
a meeting of people coming alongside of each other to help keep each other going …. to help each other maintain a healthy ability to function … so as not to cave in to or lose courage in the face of their suffering
Like any small group, should number no more than 12 people in size for optimal effectiveness, but has a distinctive purpose that sets it apart –that of bolstering those who are suffering or struggling, with compassion and unconditional acceptance.While Bible study may be a part of the program, it is not primarily a Bible study group. While prayer should be a part of the process, it is not primarily a prayer group. While a witness of Christ should be maintained, it is not primarily an evangelistic event.What are essential elements in a good support group?
- confidentiality in an atmosphere of trust,
- unconditional acceptance,
- sense of belonging
In essence, people need to feel safe if they are going to open up and share their deepest feelings with one another. If they sense people are out to judge them or “fix” them, they may find it difficult to share. If they believe people care about them and accept them as they are, they will be more likely to open up and share.Learn more about Life Groups today!