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Monday, January 27, 2014
LifeWay Launches New "Groups Matter" Website To Help Churches
Groups are absolutely essential to the health and mission of the Church. They are likely the starting point for community, discipleship, and service in your church. In fact, recent research shows that people involved in groups are healthier spiritually than those who aren’t. People in groups read the Bible more, pray more, give more, and serve more. Simply stated: your groups matter.
Believers in the early church “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42). Christians were never intended to only gather in the same space and merely associate with one another. God has designed us for much more—to participate with one another in Christian community. As Dietrich Bonhoeffer said,
“Let him who is not in community beware of being alone. Into the community you were called, the call was not meant for you alone; in the community of the called you bear your cross, you struggle, you pray."
Research* shows that while 95% of churches have groups of some kind, those churches that have healthy, thriving cultures of participation all do the same three things: they develop their leaders, launch new groups, and feed their people. By the power of the Holy Spirit, these three imperatives push a church forward and enable healthy and growing community.
LifeWay is committed to serving churches by helping them build a more vibrant group culture. The resources and insights offered on this site are free and designed to make it simple for your church to get started. Groups matter too much to the life of a church to treat them casually or haphazardly.
If you really believe that groups make a difference in reaching and growing people, how many will you commit to start this year? Let us help.
Dr. Pat Ford became a Church Consultant for LifeWay Christian Resources in 2007 after 35 years of ministry in church, university, and seminary settings. He can be contacted at 832-725-4253 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and followed on Twitter at @patford.
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