Small Groups-The Heart of the ChurchNovember 13, 2008
Recently, I have been in a number of discussions involving Small Groups in our church as well as how they’ve worked out in other churches. Through some prayer and thought, there was a model that struck me as a perfect analogy. Consider for a moment the chart below depicting the human circulatory system.
I am one who considers all things God made to be intentional and with purpose. Considering the amount of focus and attention He paid to His new creation, Adam, I can’t help but to think this design was a map for other creations He had in mind. Consider this equation or formula:
Take a moment to consider that the heart, the center of the circulatory system, is nothing without the simple red blood cell. Go back to your elementary learning days and remember that it takes a lot of cells to make a muscle, and a lot of muscles to make an organ and etc. Well, the heart is the muscle, comprised of millions of red blood cells-the building blocks if you will. Sidebar: Just those statements make it hard for me to understand how anyone can underestimate or reason out a truly divine and heavenly God. I digress.
Let’s just assume or speculate for a second that God, in His providential wisdom, designed the human body as He wanted to see the church (His body) designed. After all, are we not made in the image and likeness of God? So with this in mind, if the church is the “heart” of the circulating of the Gospel as commissioned in Christ’s Great Commission, should we not look at what should actually comprise the church? You guessed it! The Christian Small Group!
So, starting from the fundamental, cellular level of the church, let’s look at the small group. What is part of it? What goes into it? We will get into the schematics of the small groups in this new series. For all of you who have some experience in small groups (good and bad) please vote on the poll below. I invite your comments.
About the Writer:
Trent Cotton has spent a number of years in management and business consulting. After spending some time in the field, he joined the HR department, beginning in recruiting and eventually serving as the Department Head of HR for one of the major lines of business. With such a varied background, he works to bring all of these together to help churches and other Christian organizations incorporate some common business practices into their ministries to enable them to better serve the Kingdom. He currently works for SourcePointe, an HR Outsourcing Agency while continuing to own and operate Christian Management Consulting as a ministry. In his free time, he also writes a lot on Church Development as a Church Consultant.
As a husband and father of three, Trent Cotton has a passion surrounding the role Christian Men are to play in their families, communities, churches and businesses. This particular blog is dedicated to helping men take back the role that we have lost in society.