10 Reasons People Need to Be Part of a Small Group

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Ron Edmondson gives leaders some language of why people need to join their groups.


Number 10: You will be a part of a miracle.

In our short time as a church (almost three years), nearly 700 people from birth to adults have become involved in groups.  

Number 9: Your faith will grow.

Community groups provide a system of doing life together that tremendously assists spiritual growth.  

Number 8: It’s the best way to connect at your church.

If you are not a part of group life at our church, you will not feel connected to the church.  

Number 7: It strengthens the church.

As members of groups grow spiritually as individuals, it strengthens the entire church.  (I’ve actually said that I’m not sure we will be any stronger as a church than what happens Sunday through Thursday nights in home group meetings.)  

Number 6: It was Jesus’ model.

In spite of the large crowds of people following Jesus, He consistently pulled the 12 disciples aside to hang out with them. If Jesus placed such a value in this process, how much more should we?  

Number 5: The small group director needs a job.

Ben is our community group director. He’s awesome. This was intended to be comic relief, but it is true.  Ben and his wife Laura are about to have their first child soon. 

Ron Edmondson Ron Edmondson is a pastor and church leader passionate about planting churches, helping established churches thrive, and assisting pastors and those in ministry think through leadership, strategy and life. Ron has over 20 years business experience, mostly as a self-employed business owner, and he's been helping churches grow vocationally for over 10 years.

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  • CB

    How tiring to continually have to do a song and dance to entice selfish American Christians to be part of of their local congregation beyond Sunday AM.

    • JP

      CB: Yes, it is tiring. Are these people selfish? Of their time, perhaps Fear of accountability is more likely the issue. I doubt it is limited to just Americans and certainly not just Christians. How is it working for you?

  • Laureen Sanchez

    I absolutely LOVE my growth group! Im also blessed that it is run by my church’s house prophets/deliverance ministers, so the information we share is amazing, in the moment, and spiritually gratifying because you can feel the presence of the Holy Spirit there! When I had surgery, the leader’s wife brought me food and treats for me and my husband! everyone prayed for my surgery, the anointing was so thick I felt I was surrounded by angels in the OR! I wouldn’t want to be without my group, because Jesus shows up every time!

  • mrhatch

    none of this is true, i dont see the point in sitting with a group of people you have nothing in common with, cant relate to.
    pretending to be each others friends when they loathe and despise each other.

    titus 2:15

    These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

    matthew 5:11

    Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

    luke 6:22

    Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.

  • Will G

    The article conveys my experience. A small group was a part of my early Christian years and I credit it for much of my discipleship and growth. I avoided going to that first group for five months though I was invited each Sunday. I went one night just to appease the leaders and I was hooked. It was a young adult group, with an adult couple leading who welcomed me. we worshipped, studied, and served together. We took time to pray and encourage one another. We shot hoops in the driveway, strummed guitars in the family room, devoured countless bags of munchies, laughed, cried, and learned to love one another. I grew in my faith and made friends that will last a lifetime.

    In Bible School I led a small group for married families. As a youth Pastor I started small groups for teens. As an Associate Pastor, I oversaw 55 transformative small groups, and as the Pastor of a small church in PA I have started a Life Group that meets in my home. The people who I gather with every other week are the dearest people to me. But in each instance, the groups have provided real community to develop that can’t develop on Sunday morning when everyone sits looking at the back of everyone’s head.

    Are people resistant to checking out a small group? Certainly. Sadly, only a fraction of a church congregation will take the step and become a part of one because it is inconvenient and it might seem awkward initially. But for those that do step into community in a small group, most find something special and like me…they never look back.

  • Barbara

    Unfortunately my husband and I are not interested in a small group at the church we have attended for 37 years, we struggle with “fitting in” we had a long trial with his job that lasted about 8 years and my husband was unable to attend with me. I picked the group because my daughter had been involved with sports during her high school years and I knew some of the members of the group. The senior minister came to me and told me that I didn’t fit in with that group and that I needed to find a different group, needless to say we will no longer seek another group to be involved with. We feel this has been an ongoing type of issue at our church and it makes us sad that the body of Christ is so un-unified based on who you are. I pray about this all the time.


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