Iâ€™ve never shared this with you all before, but, for what itâ€™s worth, hereâ€™s what I believe is the single greatest killer of small group ministries across the nation.
Itâ€™s not a deadly virus.
Itâ€™s not a lack of enthusiasm.
Itâ€™s not an unwillingness to meet in homes.
Itâ€™s not a lack of good, qualified leaders.
Itâ€™s not even apathy.
Itâ€™s a certain mentality.
The, â€˜Us Four and No More!â€™ Mentality.
It drives me crazy and Iâ€™m pretty sure Godâ€™s no great fan of it either.
So why do we keep doing it?
Think about itâ€¦
You get a relatively lively group together. Everything is new and fresh.
We serve one another.
We share our joy and hurts, trials and conquests. But thenâ€¦
we sort of run out of things to say.
We look at each other but no longer really see each other.
Because weâ€™ve been staring at the same group of people for 5 years!!!
We hardly recognize one another because we no longer care. Weâ€™ve heard all the stories. Shared all the hurts. Havenâ€™t reached out or cared about anyone â€˜outsideâ€™ our protected bubble for SO LONG, we are not even sure there are still â€˜normalâ€™ people out there. Whatâ€™s left? Youâ€™ve walked through the good times and the bad, and, well, now itâ€™s all getting a bit old. We finish each others sentences. Know whatâ€™s worth the effort and whatâ€™s a waste of time.
We became information gatherers and stopped applying Godâ€™s truth. We stopped serving others and no longer have an urgent passion to reach the lost. Weâ€™ve grown emotionally, spiritually and physically old!
Weâ€™re no longer sure of who we are.
It would be funny if it werenâ€™t so tragic.
Is it time to share the love?
Time to bring in new people?
Birth a new small group?
You know it is.
Give it a try. It might just be the jump start youâ€™ve been waiting for!
Just a thought.