Roger Carr on Effective Community Outreach and Small Groups

There is power in groups. Especially small groups that draw their power from God.

You are leading a group of people who God has put together for a purpose. It is important to consider the abilities and needs of each of your members. It is also important to view the potential you have as a group.

Your small group has the potential to be and do significantly more than they could as individuals operating on their own.

Power of Groups

Why do people working together have the potential to be and do more than they could as individuals? Here are three reasons:

1. Encouragement

One key purpose of participating in a small group is the encouragement you give and receive. As each of us strives to live a life that radiates Jesus, there will be times we will need to do things that are uncomfortable and go through some difficult times.

The encouragement we receive from each other not only helps keep us going through our challenges with joy, it also draws small group members closer together.

…and let us consider [thoughtfully] how we may encourage one another to love and to do good deeds, not forsaking our meeting together [as believers for worship and instruction], as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more [faithfully] as you see the day [of Christ’s return] approaching.

Hebrews 10:24-25 (AMP)

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him who is alone when he falls, and doesn’t have another to lift him up.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

2. Friendships Makes Each Other Better

The friendships we form in the small group challenge each member to continually be better in our Christian walk. This really becomes clear when accountability partnerships form within the group.

Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens his friend’s countenance.

Proverbs 27:17

3. Strengths Work Together

Encouragement helps us do the right thing, even when uncomfortable or difficult. Group friendships challenge us to be the best we can be.

Another benefit of operating as a small group is that God put the members of your small group together who have gifts, talents, experiences and knowledge that complement each other. By serving together, a small group can have a tremendous impact that goes beyond what can be imagined.

Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to use them accordingly.

Romans 12:6a (AMP)

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