Last night during a ReConnect Sunday School Road Trip Rally in Durant, I shared the story of a young married couple that approached me last fall about starting a new group. As we visited, I discovered:
- They were both 29 years of age
- Both had been Christians less than three months
- They had no previous church background
- They were saved during a Vacation Bible School follow-up visit from an elderly deacon
- They had both experienced a dramatic change of lifestyle
I decided to support this young couple’s desire to start a new group. In typical fashion, I offered to send them the names of church members not currently attending a group and the names of guests who were about their age. Their response stunned me!
“No, that’s okay. Our friends have told us that if we will start a new group, they will join it.”
Their new group started 4 days later. Seven people showed up for the first meeting. They now have 16 people in the group.
It’s not often that people voluntarily want to start a new group. Many church members are perfectly happy with their group – be it a Sunday School class or a home group. It’s even more rare when they do not need the “church institution” to get their new group started. But as I have considered this young couple and their desire to reach their friends with the Gospel, I have discovered another question that needed answering.
Where did this couple learn they needed to start a new group to reach their friends?
Answer: no where. They had never attended a Sunday School clinic. They had not attended Sunday School week at Ridgecrest. They had never met Elmer Towns or Allan Taylor either!!
This couple started a new group because to them, it was the logical thing to do in order to engage their friends in a conversation about Jesus Christ and ultimately make disciples of their circle of friends. This couple (I believe led by the Holy Spirit) deduced that their friends would best fit into a new group and then, with no experience at all started that group.
Tomorrow morning at 7:30 (EDST), a group of us are praying for spiritual awakening through a new groups movement. We are going to pray for more people who are willing to start a new group. We don’t care if it is a Sunday School class, a home group, or if they choose to meet in a barn and have a barnyard group. We are praying for transformed lives and we believe that the best approach for spiritual life change, healing, and discipleship is through a small ongoing group; and we need more of them. A lot more of them.
We need more new groups that will reach our friends and neighbors than American churches can expect to start on their own. Like a million more groups! We need God; and we need God to intervene and supply every need. He is able.
Even if it is only for a few moments, I hope that you can join us tomorrow and pray for new groups.
Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and wondrous things that you do not know.