Every week, it seems like some fringe element of Protestantism is grabbing the spotlight and using it to do damage to the message of peace, forgiveness and love that is the Gospel. Somehow, the likes of Jim Jones, Harold Camping and Westboro Baptist Church have become the spokespeople for Christianity.
I think small groups think too small. Jesus had a small group, and they had snacks, but then He died which totally killed the small group’s momentum. Then, He came back and told His small group to think bigger. My goal in this article is to identify some problems I see with the traditional small group model with the hope that it will push you to reexamine your approach with small groups.
A friend of mine was asking some questions this morning about the AppleTV and Roku media boxes. I thought this would be a great opportunity to talk a little bit about my family’s move away from cable.
To the outside world, leaders who suffer from ACCUS are sanctimonious dorks who no one likes to be around. Interactions with them feel like taking Star Wars Kid to prom. They are dismissed with smiles and nods but are completely oblivious to it.
Christianese is a term used to refer to the insider language that Christians use to communicate within church subculture. The problem is that most people outside the church (and even some within) have no idea what’s going on when one breaks into a wonderfully-woven stream of buzzwords that often end up as bumper stickers and motivational posters with eagles perched on snowy mountaintops.
This list is nowhere near exhaustive but my hope is that it begins a larger discussion within church leadership as we move forward with the Gospel, let the cross be our focus and the Great Commission to be our ultimate decision filter. I am not isolated from the ideas above but instead include myself whole-heartedly as a prideful sinner in need of divine perspective and grace as often as a heartbeat.
For me there’s a pride in being busy. I fight against it all the time. I don’t like to be a person that is assumed to be idle. I get frustrated with my wife if she approaches me during the day and assumes I can go do something for her to which I reply, “Can’t you see I’m working?”
Do you feel it? The pit in your stomach when you’re in a group of people about to eat, or, maybe in a small group when it’s time to close, or, maybe just spontaneously around some friends that are talking about a prayer request? Who’s gonna pray? Why’s it so awkward?