Monday, 15 October 2012

Day 36: Planning a Small Group

Andrew and I have been considering hosting a Small Group this year. For those of you who haven't been in a Small Group they're usually organized through a church, especially large churches where it's hard to meet and/or connect with people. The main purpose of small groups is fellowship. This results in accountability between members of the group with an emphasis on applying biblical lessons.

There are lots of barriers to participating in a Small Group. Some people are shy, don't have time, don't want to discuss/argue theological beliefs and the list goes on.

Andrew and I have found that while playing games with our friends, other discussions also take place. 

So our plan is to start a Games Small Group. We will spend the first bit of time sharing what happened in our week, and then play games and end with a prayer. We're hoping this will appeal to people who haven't participated in Small Groups before. 

Before we get this group started I would love to have your feedback. Do you think this sounds good? Does it go against what Small Groups should be (ie. not obviously focusing on learning more about our faith)? Would this be something that would appeal to you? Can you see how fellowship could exist with this format? Do you have any suggestions on how to improve this format?


  1. People are often intimidated by the idea of a "bible-based" small group (I'm not smart enough; I won't say the right thing, etc.) A small group based on a common interest (Games, music) that is founded on a common factor (your church) can often lead to a faith development/growth that can then branch into Bible study if the group wishes. Any time you can gather in Christian community is a good thing.

    1. I like the idea of thinking of it as a Common Interest Group. Takes away some of the pressure.