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To create a discipleship culture, small groups are a logistical necessity in a healthy church.

Key Points:

  • Sermons are important, but people need a shepherd to really apply truth to their lives. (Matthew 9:36.)
  • Small groups strategically allow every church member to receive pastoral care. (Exodus 18:13-22.)
  • Small groups are one of the primary environments where people can go “full circle” in their faith.
  • To make disciples, a group’s leaders must create a healthy group environment and develop the people in the group. That’s what we’ll talk about next.

Quote This:

Exodus 18:13-22 “This is not good!” Moses’ father-in-law exclaimed. “You’re going to wear yourself out—and the people, too. This job is too heavy a burden for you to handle all by yourself….”

See Also: Small Groups

Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Think of the best small group you have been a part of. What made it a great group?
  3. What are the relative strengths of a sermon versus a small group discussion? How do the two work together to make disciples?
  4. Have you ever experienced pastoral care in a small group setting? How did it impact your life?
  5. What do you think will eventually happen in a small group that is not intentional about making disciples who make disciples?
  6. What are the most important personality traits that will help a small group leader succeed? Explain.
  7. As you prepare to lead a group, how does it help you to keep in mind your part versus God’s part?
  8. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

This is part of the Small Groups 101 series.