I check in with as many small group blogs as time will allow. Sometimes an idea shows up that is so simple and so amazing I have to share it. Check out this blog from The Community Channel hosted by the Director of Group Life at Oakbrook Community Church.
“If a group doesn’t help each other connect it will end quickly.
If a group doesn’t help each other change, it will end within a year.
If a group fails to become mission minded it might last a long time but eventually it will become very dissatisfying.”
Bill Search from his book ‘Simple Small Groups’
I can relate to the above quote by Bill Search. Been there and done that. In recent months, I have been thinking a lot about the missional component of small groups because in most cases it seems to be the part of group life that gets most easily neglected. Problem is, to not prioritize ‘mission’ in group life is to disregard who and what we believe in. The body of believers has been called to serve each other and to serve others. There is no getting around it.
So here is an idea for you. Not sure who came up with the idea but I think it has tons of potential. We are looking at potentially inviting all the men of our church to be a part of what we are calling a ‘Power of 10′ group. Here is a brief summary of the idea: 10 people giving $10 to meet a need. Simple as that. The rest is up to you to figure out. Actually, the rest is up to the Holy Spirit to figure out and lead you to do.
My group is just getting started but let me share some initial takeaways. Our group gives $10/week so between the 10 of us that is $100/week. We pray for opportunities to serve with the resources that are available. You see where this is going? We grow spiritually as we lean into God and rely on Him to lead us. We grow relationally as we marry our resources together and serve needs that arise. We are used by God to serve those in need and draw them closer to Him. It doesn’t get any better than that!
It’s been so life giving to see how God is stirring in each of my group members. They are excited about the adventure that lies ahead. Over the next 2 years, our group will contribute over $10000 to this little journey. We have talked about saving $3000 of it to send with our Haiti teams and using the rest in our community however God sees fit. The opportunities are endless, that is what makes it so exciting.
Groups that last are groups that figure out a way to inspire every member of the group to begin doing exactly what it is that they feel they have been put on this planet to do. The ‘Power of 10′ is just one way to harness the potential of 10 surrendered bodies and to let God do the rest.
Thanks for this one!!!