Friday, August 1, 2008
A wife of one of the couples at Faith City once told me that her husband had become a better man in 6 months than he had ever been in over 6 years of marriage. I also remember a teen-ager telling me thanks, because he got his dad back. I even heard a women declare that because of the commitment of a few church members, she was able to overthrow her dependence on over 10 different medications she was taking. What do all these true stories have in common? All of these changes happened because of the small groups they were involved in. I know these accounts may seem dramatic, but good things can happen when we become involved in a small group culture.
Over the years I have seen wonderful things happen to good people because of the influence of small groups. I also have found some ways that just don’t work when it comes to small groups. I have been asking God how we could use small groups to make spiritual growth a bigger reality, and to be a positive experience in a persons life. The way we have found is Growth Groups.
What are Growth Groups? Simply put, Growth Groups are Faith City’s groups of 12- 15 people that get together weekly in convenient locations all over the community to meet new friends, have fun and grow spiritually. We make them only 12 weeks long, and only three semesters a year, so that no matter what your heavy schedule in life looks like, you can still be involved in a small group. You also might like that they happen different times during the week. Actually, every weeknight has Growth Groups meeting, which gives everybody a shot at being in one.
My thinking is simply to “narrow the focus” for you and me, by giving us two things to help our growth, the weekend service and small groups. That’s it, 2 things, not 5 or 6, only two! No one benefits from being spread out too thin with over-committing. You and I can handle 2 commitments to grow- the weekend service and a Growth Group. Cool huh?
So, on Sunday August 3, 2008, our Growth Group sign-ups start. That’s when we release the catalog of our Fall Growth Groups that start in September (for 12 weeks). You will be able to sign up in service. Also on-line sign-up will start on Monday, August 4, 2008, just go to www.faithcityusa.com/GG.