Mission Small Groups
Dee and Dave Allen
Small Groups are building blocks of the larger church. A place where people are ministered to, encouraged, empowered and equipped by one another for service to God through the Holy Spirit. Whether we are shy or extroverted, we are made by our Creator to be a social person in community with other Christians. We need connections where we can help and be helped, serve and be served, love and be loved.
Small Groups are a way to experience that connection with others and deepen our spiritual life at the same time. In all cases, the critical skill associated with Christian witness is building close personal relationships with nonbelievers. This capability can be labeled with the general title “relational witnessing”. The skill set that is required here includes:
· A Biblical understanding of the call to be a witness.
· Effective communications skills.
· An understanding of one’s own faith story, and practice telling that story in preparation for telling that story, as opportunities are presented.
· An understanding of how non-Christians perceive Christians and how to effectively deal with these perceptions. This issue is well presented in the book “unChristian”.
· An understanding of one’s own witnessing style.
· An understanding of ways to get a faith conversation started.
· The ability to put the Gospel message into everyday language that is easily understood by non-Christians.
· An intentional commitment to engage in faith discussions in a nonthreatening and whimsical manner as opportunities develop.
· A Christian lifestyle that demonstrates God’s love for His people is such a way that would cause a non-Christian to ask “the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:15).
Another opportunity within a small group setting for groups that are involved in an intentional Christian community service activity is to bring up that activity is conversations with neighbors. This could create an opportunity to discuss “why” they are involved and invite the neighbor to participate. Whether the neighbor is a Christian or not, he/she may feel a desire to become involved in a community service project. Given this opportunity, he/she would be exposed to other Christians in service to our Lord. Other Christian friendships would be made. The neighbor can be invited into the group and further nurtured and supported. Now we have a real opportunity for the Holy Spirit to do his thing.