Why Small Groups
A community of biblically-functioning small groups is the best way to transform lives and change the world.
Jesus had a small group of 12 disciples (Mark 3:14-15) of which 11 went on to preach the Gospel and changed the world. The early church met in small groups and grew through small groups (Acts 2:46-47 and Acts 5:42), experiencing authentic fellowship and urging each other in the faith. Methodist founder John Wesley’s movement was anchored on his concept and structure of class meetings, or small groups, which was the centrepiece of Methodism for a hundred years until the mid-1800s.
Life change occurs best in small groups where there is care, encouragement and accountability.
In a church with some 2,000 worshippers weekly, the best way for pastoral care and authentic relationships to happen is in the small group where everyone can be known by name and cared for on a personal basis. For discipleship that leads to transformation to happen, one-on-one accountability, transparency and trust which are built over time in close-knit relationships are required, and these are best fostered in small groups.
The full potential of small groups is unleashed when it is given the priority in the life of the church, leaders and members.
Too many programmes and activities compete to choke the life of the small group by making time and energy demands on the leaders and members. Effective small group leaders need time to attend training and time to disciple and care for their groups. Effective small groups need members with the time to love and serve one another, to practise spiritual disciplines and to deal with personal, family and group issues so that they can become more like Jesus, as well as to reach out to people in their spheres of influence, community and the world. Hence, a church of small groups gives undivided attention to the wellbeing and health of the small groups so that their potential for Fellowship, Adoration, Involvement, Transformation and Harvest can be fully realised.
Small groups are indispensable to the life of the church.
At Faith, our small groups are the first point of care and support. People go to their small group to meet their needs first and foremost before going to other sources. Through the small group, people love God and experience God’s love. To experience the life of the church, you will need to experience life in a small group.