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- Pastors were never intended to do all of the ministry. Pastors are called to equip. Then God’s people do the actual work of ministry. The result of this arrangement is that the church is built up. If pastors are to equip and release God’s people, small groups are needed as a vehicle for much of that healthy ministry to occur.
- Small groups are a logistical necessity. Moses was burning himself out until he learned to delegate the work to many other leaders, who could lead in much smaller settings.
- Small groups allow for healthy, unbounded growth. People don’t have to look to some superstar pastor to meet all their needs. Pastoral care is available in small groups. This prevents a “Sunday-only” culture, where people just come to sit and listen, but never grow or apply God’s truth to their lives.
Exodus 18:14 When Moses’ father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he asked, “What are you really accomplishing here? Why are you trying to do all this alone while everyone stands around you from morning till evening?”
See Also: Series for Small Groups