Over the past three years of leading small group with our college minsitry I've had the privilege to talk with a bunch of guys about Jesus. It's been an incredible blessing to me, and it's been a really growing experience. In fact, the first year I signed up to lead I didn't even want to because I'm an introvert. But I felt like this was an uncomfortable space for me and it would grow me to sign up for.
So I jumped in and my very first year I had over ten guys coming on a weekly basis. This was awesome. All of us crammed in a small dorm room learning more about each other and scripture. I thought this was a great starting point but then as we got to the end of the first year I started to think about how it could grow bigger next year and what would happen if it did.
Then the second year started. My small group got an extra emphasis on the word small. My group was down to four guys consistently. Man, I felt like this was a let down because if I were doing my job it would be growing. I mean, God blesses the faithful with growth right?
Wrong. I had to do a pride check and think about the opportunity I had. I now had the chance to show up more for these guys and be more intentional with them than I was with the last group. I also started to think through how to create more leaders to start new small groups where more guys can be invested in. I also started to think about Jesus and the 12 disciples. I started to realize that Jesus didn’t only have 12 disciples becasue he couldn’t find more. Jesus chose to have his twelve because that's where he could intentionally engage the disciples in a meaningful way on a daily basis.
I started to realize that Jesus didn’t only have 12 disciples becasue he couldn’t find more. Jesus chose to have his twelve because that's where he could intentionally engage the disciples in a meaningful way on a daily basis.
I believe one really vital part of our future ministry efforts should be to keep things small, and keep things really intentional. So many people who have stepped out of the church after high-school and college are really looking for people to connect with. This generation of people is often without a mentor, without someone investing in them, and without someone who truly cares. Let’s focus on leading smaller groups and making sure to invest more in the one’s we have been given to connect with.