The very first home-based small group I participated in was organically formed. It wasn’t associated with any church.
We attended three different churches and lived in two different cities spread out over about 20 miles. We were four married couples related through a chain of friendships, from work and outside activities, wanting to study and apply the Bible together while having a good time.
The location of our weekly meetings rotated between each of our homes. We also rotated the leader responsibilities to the couple hosting. Each couple was responsible for food, leading the Bible study and prayer time every four weeks. It worked well for us.
Some great things happened in the life of our small group. This included one of the couples leaving the group to head for Africa as missionaries.
The Future of Small Group Bible Study
I am sure the concept of establishing small groups that cross church boundaries or are not associated with any church is viewed by some as controversial. One of the arguments against this concept is the possibility of people changing churches. Unfortunately, competition between churches, instead of cooperation, has resulted in the church (capital “C”) impacting the community much less than it could.
I believe the inter-church small group is going to be more prevalent in the future.
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Source: Church Leaders