So, you’re a part of a small group where you’re developing friendships, sharing the Word together (sometimes sweet; sometimes dry), and you may even be eating a meal together. Aaaaannnd… that’s about it. You generally know everybody’s story so you’re churning the weeks by where on one hand, you have your small group time (call it whatever you’d like) and on the other hand, you have the rest-of-your-life. And the problem is that both hands rarely come together.
So, how does a group that is more or less stuck in meeting mode go deeper and become missional?
Here are two practical tests or objectives to help a small group become a missional community that is sharing more of life together instead of just sharing more meetings.
- Your meeting times are one-of-the-things you do together in Christ — not the only thing you do during the week together (ie. one of two meetings you attend).
- When your group shares more life together outside of a weekly gathering than you do during a 2-3 hour gathering.
Shared life, therefore, is the ordinary and every-day things that you do with the purpose of including others and utilizing those times to talk about and see the extraordinary Christ in the ordinary routines of daily life.