This weekend the film, Soul Surfer released. It is the true story of a teenage surfer with a promising future whose arm is taken by a shark. She begins her trek toward involvement in competitive surfing again only to find it a challenge far beyond difficult. At one point in the film her father tells her, “It’s not going to be easy.” With wisdom far beyond her years, she declares, “I don’t need easy, I just need possible.”
I’m not sure why, but it seems many people in ministry, especially small group ministry, thought it would be easy. There are two reasons why doing small group ministry is always going to be a ferocious battle.
1. Satan, the enemy, attacks most vehemently the outposts that have the greatest impact on the transformation of people’s hearts.
2. Small Groups is that outpost.
If the enemy can kill small groups he’s…
1. Kept a Christian mission from being established on any street or cul de sac where a group would have met.
2. Captured people in the large group setting only, a setting that is not conducive to ultimate spiritual transformation.
3. Allowed individuals to believe that one-on-one face-to-face conversations are unnecessary in the battle to overcome the sins and addictions that hold us captive and take our joy.
4. Made sure the church offers no environment conducive to unveiling the burdens that we carry and so we try to carry unbearable burdens alone.
5. Stifled the use of spiritual gifts thereby releasing us of acts that bring with them a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment.
6. Left us with no place to bring someone spiritually confused or completely separated from God for conversation, understanding, and a relationship with those willing to journey towards faith with them.
7. Removed the prime experience where leaders are noticed, equipped, and empowered to do greater service for God’s Kingdom.
My Small Group Pastor friends… It is never going to be easy. The battle will rage on. But it is possible that we can change the world through biblical small groups.
You are my heroes.