When I do a google image search for the words “Small Group” I get results with pages and pages of churches.
I’ve been in dozens of “small groups” in my adult church life.
I have loved many of the people in these groups.
But I’ll admit, the group in which I actually did life with the people I met with in our “scheduled” group time was the only group that felt like real community happened.
Every other group I have been in I have made great friends in which I hoped that in the future, I could have community with.
And some of those friends, I have ended up in community with.
But I feel like overall, the small group model might begin the process of true community, but it is not the answer for true community.
What is the answer?
I don’t know.
But more and more peers I talk with are coming to the same conclusion that the system in which they are in feels forced.
Obviously they work. EVERY CHURCH I have been a part of in the last 15 years has used them.
But just like small groups were a result of the current churches frustration with “Sunday School”, what will be the result be from people being frustrated with “Small Groups”.