We were created to belong! Look around and notice all of the groups that form, either formal or informal. What do they all have in common – people feel that they belong to that group. Abraham Maslow identified “belonging” as one of the seven needs of humanity. Maslow did not invent belonging, God did!
Belonging is found throughout Scripture. God formed the basic group, the family. Jesus had his twelve disciples. David has his band of outcasts and later his group of mighty men. Paul did almost everything in his ministry in the context of a group – even when he was in prison.
People need to do more than just be a member of your class… They want to belong to a group. Remember, a class is something that you attend; a group where you belong. I want to encourage you to watch this five minute video and then consider the questions at the bottom of this post.
How do people connect with others in your group? Do you have a plan for this to happen or is it a hopeful happening?
- When was your last group fellowship together… and when is your next one?
- Have you formed “supper clubs” or something similar to help people in the group know each other better?
How connected is your group? Do you hear of people eating together, doing things together?
Does everyone in your group know at least one person (other than family) that they could call at 2:00 a.m. when a crisis has hit them?
Does each member of your group receive some type of “care” communication every week?