LIBERTY THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
ANALYSIS PAPER 2
SMALL GROUP MINISTRY
NOVEMBER 8, 2013
Arnold has a novel idea of reproduction of oneself through small groups. The making of disciples should be the basis of small groups. The main theme of these chapters would be Matthew 28:16-20 “Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and ...view middle of the document...
When leaders are equipped and have the purpose of reproducing themselves it is very easy for the group to grow into other cells which grow themselves because the ideas around the group of cells are to reproduce themselves like cells in our bodies. The constant idea of reproducing is clear in the passages Earley and Dempsey put forth. If someone did not have an understanding then after reading the chapters and the whole of the book then they would know when one would complete the reading.
When asked about what does it mean when we talk about disciples? One could answer right off the top of their head one of the twelve Jesus had. The answer would be true but more importantly what it is. A disciple is one who would give up everything for a reason such to follow Jesus. This person would give up their family, job, money and so forth in order to learn from Jesus. Is this possible today, possibly, but more important even if they did not walk away from everything does this disciple spend an amount of time with the person he or she is learning from to gain a proper understanding from the person they are learning about. The only way to learn and reproduce Jesus is to spend time learning about Him and allowing the information to transform your life.
Our congregation does have small groups. I firmly believe our group members do not go to experience life together. Many of them as I have visited all of them go because they feel obligated to go but many of them do not talk to each outside of the normal surface level things in life. The groups have been going on for over a year and within this time one would think these groups would be close to each other experiencing life together. As a matter of fact our ninety percent of our congregation does not belong to a life group, and much of our group’s cycle through different people rather than growing and or reproducing.
There is no accountability within the groups at all. Quite often the groups do not speak to each other outside of meeting at the house of God and meeting for group. Here is only a small select group of people which attend the groups yet there is not a single person who would say the people attending their groups would first of allow someone to hold them accountable for anything in their life. This is an area which we are church leaders are trying to figure out, and thus far we are coming up blank.
I can honestly say there are many in our congregation that do not feel loved at all. I am constantly calling people on a weekly basis and asking how they are doing and there is an overwhelming conscience within our congregation they do not feel loved by others in the church and or other people within their small groups. This is the biggest problem I see with our small groups. They have the appearance of close groups but these relationships are only but surface deep. Love should be the driving force of the...