For the past couple of weeks, we have been promoting small groups to our students. Last Sunday we had a meeting with parents and explained our approach to small groups. Yesterday, I heard the perfect message on small groups. Andy Stanly at North Point Community Church is one of my favorite speakers. A recent podcast of his dealt with importance of being involved in a small group.
I loved the analogy he used – circles are better than rows. We can sit in rows (or pews) Sunday after Sunday and never really be known. If we commit to be in a community of small group, we will be known. When we are hurting, we have someone to share it with. When we are missing, someone notices. And when the rough spots of life come, we have people there to help pick us up.
We are still encouraging our students to in a small group and I am grateful to those adults who have committed to lead one. So, are you in a circle? It is much better than sitting in a row!